AUGUST 24, 2016
24 / 08 / 2016
The summer of 2016 – our 32nd season at sea with the belugas – was once again rich in encounters and surprises. Observations include sightings of Amalena on at least four occasions. She is one of the most familiar belugas to our research team. The sightings of 2016 bring the number of encounters with Amalena since 1998 to 55. She has been observed every summer except 2003.
August 24, 2016: we’re observing Amalena in the Saguenay Fjord, at Anse Saint-Étienne to be exact. She’s swimming in a herd of 15 belugas making their way upriver along the shoreline. Within the herd, we notice a few entirely white individuals – including the female Athéna – but 50% of them are gray or slightly gray. We also observe one newborn. The latter is observed swimming alongside several adults, including the male DL9018, which is unusual!
The Saguenay is a place where cows and bulls of different generations mingle: male networks mix with female communities like Amalena’s and with juveniles, as well as with groups of young males, a.k.a. the “teenagers”.