SEPTEMBER 16, 2016
16 / 09 / 2016
The summer of 2016 – our 32nd season at sea with the belugas – was once again rich in encounters and surprises. Observations include sightings of Pure Laine on at least five occasions. In 2015, she had been observed with newborns, but we could not confirm whether or not they were her own. This year, during the various encounters with the team, she was accompanied each time by a “bleuvet”. These observations lead us to believe that she gave birth in 2015.
September 16, 2016: we observe Pure Laine in the Saguenay Fjord, between Anse à la Barque and Cap de la Boule. She’s swimming in a herd of 40 or so belugas making their way toward the mouth of the Fjord. Within the herd, we notice a few entirely white individuals – including well-known females Blanche, Miss Frontenac and Athéna – but 70% of them are gray or slightly gray. It is therefore a herd of adults with a large number of juveniles. We also observe two newborns.
The Saguenay is a place where cows and bulls of different generations mingle: male networks mix with female communities like Pure Laine’s, and with juveniles, as well as with groups of young males, a.k.a. the “teenagers”.
Update : November 10, 2017