White sided dolphin and fin whale
Blue whale
Blue Whale
Balaenoptera musculus
Humpback Whale
Megaptera novaeangliae
Minke Whale
Balaenoptera acutorostrata
Finback Whale
Balaenoptera physalus
Harbour porpoise
Phocoena phocoena
White beaked dolphin
Lagenorhynchus albirostris
Atlantic White Sided Dolphin
Lagenorhynchus acutus

Who We Are

Mingan Island Cetacean Study (MICS) is a non-profit research organization dedicated to ecological studies of marine mammals. Founded in 1979 by Richard Sears, MICS was the first organization to carry out extensive long-term research of cetaceans in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The principal study area is along the Québec North Shore in the Mingan Island/Anticosti region. MICS is best known for being the first organization to carry out long-term studies of the endangered blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus).

More recently MICS has been carrying out fieldwork off Iceland and the Azores. We have also participated in research on whales and other marine mammals off New Zealand, New Caledonia, South Georgia (South Atlantic), Panama, Costa Rica, Greenland, and in the Gulf of Maine.

In order to fund our research, MICS invites the public to participate in ecological studies of marine mammals. Each year, MICS offers research sessions to the public from June to October in the St. Lawrence and during April/May in the Azores. The purpose of these sessions is to help finance our research and to educate the public on marine mammal ecology while observing these animals in their natural habitat. Our aim is not to offer just another whale-watch; we want you to have the opportunity to take part in and contribute to our research!

Mics Team

Richard Sears

Alain Carpentier

Christian Ramp

Julien Delarue

Joanna Kershaw

Our Sponsors

We would like to thank the following organizations for contributing so generously to MICS.