AUGUST 1, 2016
01 / 08 / 2016
Baie Sainte-Marguerite: we spot a herd of 30 to 50 adults and young, including three newborns. Together with the young Hector we spot Athéna, an adult female that we have known since 1989. The proportion of young in the herd is staggering. Individuals are engaging in what we call “milling”, which consists of diving and resurfacing at the same location, a behaviour often associated with feeding. Baie Sainte-Marguerite seems to be a unique and highly important site for St. Lawrence belugas. It is located approximately twenty kilometres from the mouth of the Saguenay and lies within the Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park (SSLMP). The role that this bay plays for belugas, especially females and young, is not yet fully understood. It might be a feeding, resting or socialization area for young. It might even be a calving ground for females.