AUGUST 27, 2016
27 / 08 / 2016
The summer of 2016 – our 32nd season at sea with the belugas – was once again rich in encounters and surprises. Observations include a sighting of Nics on August 27. Although we do not yet have a biopsy to confirm Nics’ sex, the way its history is unfolding, its associations and the sectors it frequents give us increasing confidence that Nics is indeed a male.
August 27, 2016: we’re sailing in the mouth of the Saguenay, near Îlet aux Morts when we see Nics in a herd of about sixty individuals, including white as well as young gray adults. We also recognize DL0218 – a male from the Saguenay and longtime companion of Nics – as well as Trèfle, a male from the “Downstream Boys” network observed most frequently between Tadoussac and Les Escoumins.
The animals are highly active, a “scene” that is representative of our other encounters with young male herds. Some belugas poke their heads above the surface as if to spy on us, others raise their tails out of the water. They dive and resurface several times in a tide rip, where their prey are probably trapped. An hour later, the tide shifts and the current wanes. The animals’ behaviour changes: they head lazily downstream, taking advantage of the current of the outgoing tide.
Update : November 28, 2017