JULY 16, 2008
16 / 07 / 2008
We’re sailing aboard the Bleuvet, off the coast of Les Bergeronnes. Twenty or so belugas – all white adults – are swimming around us. The herd appears to be widely dispersed, the belugas regroup and then distance themselves once again. Among them we identify Blue thanks to his gray spot. In order to gather more data on him, we attempt to take a biopsy from his flank. However, the dart that would have allowed us to collect a fat sample from the animal passes just above its dorsal ridge.
After two hours of observation, we see the belugas regroup and begin swimming dynamically toward the Saguenay Fjord. We then notice a newborn. We are surprised, as we thought we were dealing with a group of adult males. The newborn and its mother probably joined the group just a few moments earlier.