JULY 31, 2013
31 / 07 / 2013
We are sailing near the northern shore of the Saguenay Fjord. We encounter a herd of some twenty belugas. The herd is dominated by young gray males whom we’ve nicknamed the “teenagers”. Nikamun is among them. The herd grows as the morning wears on: adult males, females and two calves join the group, which now numbers some forty individuals.
We recognize DL1881 (designated a “teenager”), Yogi (adult female), DL0516 (young female), and DL0370 (adult male, regular companion of Nikamun). The Saguenay is a place where cows and bulls of different generations mingle: networks of males mix with communities of females and young, including newborns, as well as groups of young males, a.k.a. the “teenagers”.