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Winter story 2


Our rather small study area of some 500 km2 covers a unique variety of small scale habitats; daily used by certain individual minke whales (names in brackets).

Just from the top of my head the following areas come to mind:

1. The Northern slope of the Laurentian Channel head
    a) from KJ2 to Pointe à la Carriole (Shawne, Whalerider, Chicouté)
    b) from KJ2 to Les Escoumins (Calvin, Badaboum)


Chicouté

2. The Channel head off Pointe à la Carriole (Three Scars, Boomerang)

3. The shallow waters between S7, S8, S4 and La Toupie during
    a) the incoming tide (Picasso, Ticket Punch)
    b) the outgoing tide (Daks-alike, Slash Eleven)

4. The rip tide between S7 and S8 (Tin Whistle, Mûre)

Boomerang
 
5. The triangle between K54, K55 and La Toupie (Witche’s Hat,    
    Ratatouille, Funambule
)

6. The waters Southwest of La Toupie during times when hundreds of
    grey whales aggregate (Tin Whistle)

7. The shallows west of La Toupie (Loca, Ticket Punch, ‘Harrison’)

8. The shallows west of K58 (Perséides, Nichon)

Nichon

9. The shallow channel North of Île Verte (Calanus, Bisou)

10. The Sagueany confluence area (Mûre, Artiste)

11. The Saguenay Fjord upriver from Pointe d’Islet (Artiste, Speedy,  
      Bubbler
)

Bubbler

To work in such a variable and highly dynamic environment is a great pleasure and extremely fascinating. However, it also poses quite a challenge for our small research team. Because whereever we go, no matter how much of the area we cover, we will never be able to even remotely document what’s happening in these ever changing waters.

Therefore, whatever we have witnessed during the past summer and presented in our field stories is only a tiny glimpse into the highly fascinating lives of the St. Lawrence minke whales.