JULY 5, 2016
05 / 07 / 2016
The summer of 2016 – our 32nd season at sea with the belugas – was once again rich in encounters and surprises. Good news: after a noticeable absence last year, we spotted Marjo twice this summer. Ever since our first encounter with Marjo back in 1994, she has regularly failed to “show up”. We’re always striving to better understand these brief absences: are they a reflection of the individual’s movements or rather the vagaries of our sampling methods?
July 5, 2016: near Anse à la Boule in the Saguenay, we spot a herd numbering about twenty individuals. The herd is composed of adults and young. Marjo is swimming in the company of Yogi and DL9018, two of her companions from the Saguenay community of females. We notice a young gray individual at Marjo’s sides. However, this observation alone is insufficient to confirm whether or not it is her own offspring.
At the time of her encounter, the somewhat lethargic herd is swimming lazily up the Saguenay Fjord. The animals are scattered, with individuals swimming alone. After an hour of observation, they congregate in four separate groups. Finally, the herd finishes its trot, not at the usual terminus of Baie Sainte-Marguerite, but at Anse Sainte-Etienne, where the animals while away the next few hours. Perhaps they happened upon an enticing school of prey!
Update : November 28, 2017