AUGUST 2, 2015
10 / 02 / 2016
This summer, Athéna was observed six times… maybe even more, as we might have crossed paths with her without immediately recognizing her. On several occasions, she was accompanied by newborns. Our observations did not allow us however to confirm whether or not any of these calves were her own. Below is an account of one of these encounters.
August 2, 2015: Athéna is swimming in a herd of about 80 individuals consisting of adults and young, in close proximity to Pointe Rouge at the mouth of the Saguenay Fjord. The herd is lazily working its way up the Fjord. The encounter is cut short by thunder and fog, but we have just enough time to identify one of Athéna’s regular companions, Céline, accompanied by her second-year calf. Although Athéna is rarely observed with a newborn or a second-year calf at her side, she is never too far from young belugas. In light of her age and size, we are beginning to suspect that she is a sort of matriarch.