Humpback rise-blue whale blues.

During the first decade of our research (80s) in the Mingan/Anticosti study area we saw humpback whales, but not nearly in the numbers we have seen recently.  Highest daily sightings amounted to rarely more than 5-10 individuals. By the early 90s, however, sightings of humpbacks increased noticeably and we can now find 20-40 humpbacks with regularity in our study area...

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August 23rd, 2008

Can't wait to go out! As our final days approached, we looked forward to a decent weather forecast! Unfortunately, strong winds in the Mingan-Anticosti region forced us to stay on land for over a week. As the wind finally calmed, we took advantage of this good weather and headed off shore for the first time in 10 days! Most of...

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August 4th, 2008

A very busy 30th season! We are already in August!!! Time to catch up MICS news from our 30th season! This year, the research station began its activities in Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan while the last traces of snow were still melting in early June. Boats were readied, including the new 6,50m Scirocco from Sillinger, we prepared the interpretation center, and welcomed the...

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Rumba Blues

by Richard Sears Late August of 2007 I enjoyed a much too brief period in the field observing blue whales with two other members of the MICS team in the Forestville-Escoumins area. In a summer of disruptive weather we were presented with one of those remarkable flat calm, clear days, which make working at sea in a small boat a...

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