AUGUST 23, 2016
23 / 08 / 2016
The summer of 2016 – our 32nd season at sea with the belugas – was once again rich in encounters and surprises. Amongst other sightings, we saw Annakpok on at least three occasions. As is often the case with Annakpok, she was observed in groups of females accompanied by juveniles. No sign of a newborn at her side this summer, however. It’s been three years since we’ve seen Annakpok with a calf. On average, females belugas give birth every three years. The next one therefore might not be too far off.
August 23, 2016: We happen upon Annakpok who’s in a herd of 45 individuals at the mouth of the Saguenay, near Pointe de l’Islet. We see as many white adults as we do young grays, in addition to four newborns. Females Miss Frontenac and Pacalou, two of her regular companions from the Saguenay community, are also there.
The entire herd is very active, especially the juveniles. The belugas are swimming in a synchronized manner when suddenly they stop, dive and resurface several times in the same spot, a behaviour often associated with feeding. With its particular oceanographic conditions, the mouth of the Saguenay is teeming with prey! Our encounter with Annakpok ends as the herd gradually splits into two.
Update : November 17, 2017