This marine protected area is one of the best whale watching locations in the world.
Mysticeti (“mustached whales”) use their baleen plates (mustaches or whiskers) like sieves to filter the water until only the small prey remain.
Made of keratin, like our fingernails and hair, the baleen is constantly wearing down and growing back. The colour and length vary depending on the species.
In the past, baleen was used to make a wide range of items: corsets, coach suspensions, umbrella stretchers, etc.
Spectacular leaps of the humpback whale
A high jump champion, it can leap up to 130 times in 75 minutes!
To accomplish this feat, the humpback whale makes maximum use of its strength.
Why does it leap? To play, during courtship, to communicate or to get rid of its parasites? Any or all of the above.
Gaspar, the River’s “ghost”
According to sailors in the Estuary, this female whale’s name comes from the cartoon ghost (Casper) that some think they recognize in the white portion of its right tail fluke.
Every whale has distinctive features enabling it to be identified.
Thanks to photo identification, we can recognize Gaspar and follow her comings and goings. Since 2005, she has visited the St. Lawrence every year.