AUGUST 9, 2009
09 / 08 / 2009
At the mouth of the Saguenay, DL0248 is swimming in a herd of some thirty belugas, essentially consisting of young grays. We follow closely behind the herd. It is difficult to advance, as we’re in the middle of a strong current with irregular waves. Circling above us are several Bonaparte’s gulls.
The mouth of the Saguenay is a meeting place! Here, networks of male belugas regularly cross paths with those comprising females and young. Large but short-lived herds form here due to the high concentrations of food. This is also where the salt water of the Lower Estuary and the brackish waters of the Saguenay come together. The topography, currents, tides and characteristics of the water masses that meet here create highly unique oceanographic conditions that trap prey, which in turn attract marine mammals and birds.