SEPTEMBER 26, 2012
26 / 09 / 2012
We’re at the mouth of the Saguenay. Serena is swimming in the company of Vita, a male who regularly plies the waters of the Saguenay. The two animals are in a herd composed of some thirty individuals – adults, young and one calf – and are chasing prey trapped in a tide rip.
The mouth of the Saguenay is a meeting place! Here, networks of male belugas regularly cross paths with those comprising females and young. Large but short-lived herds form here due to the high concentrations of food. This is also where the salt water of the Lower Estuary and the brackish waters of the Saguenay come together. The topography, currents, tides and characteristics of the water masses that meet here create highly unique oceanographic conditions that trap prey, which in turn attract predators such as the beluga.