JULY 31, 2013
21 / 01 / 2016
We’re sailing around the north side of the Saguenay, following a herd of young belugas that have been nicknamed “the teenagers”. In the early morning hours, they number about 20. They are then joined by females accompanied by calves and, later, by about a dozen more individuals, mainly adults and most likely males, amongst which DL0370 is identified. By late morning, the herd numbers some forty individuals.
Throughout our encounter we are able to hear a number of vocalization sequences. Hearing beluga vocalizations is not rare but is always impressive. The beluga’s vocal repertoire is vast, comprising whistles, chattering, squeals and grunts, earning them the nickname “canaries of the sea”.