SEPTEMBER 20, 2018

  • 20 / 09 / 2018 Par Mélissa Tremblay

    Days like this one, we would gladly take every day! Off the coast of Cacouna, near the south shore of the St. Lawrence, we turn off the motor of the BpJAM. As the waves gently rock our small inflatable watercraft, we enjoy good visibility for identifying belugas. More precisely, there are about fifty individuals around us. The size of the animals and the shape of their shoulders indicate that we are in the presence of adults and young, males and females.

    We easily identify the pretty grey spot of Uapameku. It is swimming in the presence of other grey-skinned juveniles. Between all the grey and white backs, we see a small beluga the colour of café au lait. A newborn? We try to photograph it, but it disappears among its companions, preventing us from confirming our sighting.

    It should be pointed out that the animals are beginning to stir at the surface. Tails and pectoral fins pierce the water surface. Some belugas are even spitting rings of water. Seabirds dive and resurface with a fish in their beaks. Some heads rise above the waves and observe us: in whale-watching lingo this behaviour is known as “spyhopping”.

    Truly, today is exceptional. The belugas are beginning to vocalize. Their big melon-shaped heads emerge from the water and all kinds of sounds are coming out of their mouths. What’s causing all this commotion? We think we are witnessing a feast, but we want to confirm it. We launch the drone for a different angle of the scene. Later, when we analyze the videos, maybe we’ll have our answer!

    The low battery of the drone forces us to land it. It’s time to continue onward in search of other belugas.