SEPTEMBER 18, 2015
10 / 02 / 2016
We encountered Annakpok six times this summer. Once again, she was seen swimming in the vicinity of newborns on several occasions. Nevertheless, our observations did not allow us to confirm whether or not any of these calves were her own. Below is an account of one of these encounters.
September 18, 2015: Annakpok is in a group of about fifteen individuals, close to Anse Saint-Étienne (Saint-Étienne cove) in the Saguenay Fjord. We can see belugas of all ages: white, dark gray, light gray and brown; the herd is made up of adults, young and newborns. They’re slowly making their way toward Baie Sainte-Marguerite, which is often the final destination of herds swimming up the Saguenay Fjord. To this day, it is still unknown why belugas are particularly fond of this bay. Once they reach the bay, they sometimes stay there and swim in circles for several hours. Socializing behaviours are often observed there and their “voices” can be heard regularly, both below and above the surface!