JULY 7, 2017
07 / 07 / 2017
Aboard the Bleuvet, our team is travelling up the Saguenay River in search of belugas for its photo-identification research program. No sooner do we cross the ferry line when we encounter a herd of about thirty belugas. We take out our camera to photograph the adults and young swimming all around us. We notice many belugas with very dark skin, young animals known in French as bleuvets. These individuals are just a few years old. Others are a paler shade of grey, including Samakwan, whom we recognize by her two diagnostic features.
The belugas decide to change it up a little. All of a sudden their tight formation begins to splinter and we find ourselves surrounded by two large groups. A few minutes later, the belugas are now swimming in pairs! With the belugas now widely scattered, it takes us longer to successfully capture their portraits. After two hours we are hit with a heavy rain shower and the blanket of fog offshore grows thicker. On account of these poor conditions, we decide to let the belugas continue on their way.