North Shore And Gaspé (Blue Whale)
The decision to go on the water or to stay on shore is made by the captains depending on the weather conditions observed in the morning and announced by Environnement Canada. When permitted, we leave from the dock at Mingan at 7.30am on a 22 ft. rigid-hulled inflatable boat spending 6 to 10 hours searching for the whales, perharps even 12 hours if permitted by the animal distributions. Participants will have the opportunity to observe photo-identification and biopsies of whales while also assisting in the collection of data at sea. Researchers on board the boats will provide information about the biology and ecology of the whales and how to identify species and individuals based on their characteristic markings.
During your stay, you will listen to an interpretation at the Museum and be introduced to the research being done at the station and see the work behind the field trips at sea. It will include a learning process to identify individual whales based on photos, through a technique called 'matching'. It will help you understand the different steps from transmitting the data collected on logbooks to filtering and importing the photos into the MICS database. You will have access to our library and our researchers will always be at your dispersal to answers any questions you may have.
When the conditions do not allow us to go on the water, activities are being organized on land for you to discover the Mingan/Anticosti region with visits and walks along the shore (e.g. Magpie waterfalls, BBR, Grande Pointe, Havre-St-Pierre) and cultural immersion into the Innus lives.
On land activities include a visit Lajes and the towering volcanic peak of Pico, which is spectacular. A visit of museums is also possible during an extended bad-weather period.