Mid-September 2009 - A few late arrivals:

The 2009 field season ended a bit earlier than usual. Our last outings included a few notable late arrivals such as H004 “Circé”, H151 “Spines”, H163 “Triad”, H405 “Barbillon”, as well as F155, F243, and F306. The MICS team was particularly happy to see Circé once again. She had not been observed in the Mingan-Anticosti area since 2005! As for...

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Mid-August, 2009

“Quest for the whales” continued… After a few days of bad weather (fog, strong winds, swell…), we grew restless and looked forward to going offshore as soon as we would be blessed with accommodating weather! On August 11th, with little to no wind and the sun already warm at 6 o’clock in the morning, we hastily gathered our equipment and...

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1st week of August

Quest for the whales! The field research conducted at MICS is heavily tied to the weather, and thankfully, mother nature has been relatively cooperative since mid-July. Among the days we went out in July, we were able to find some of our frequent humpback visitors: Anchor (H118), Ebène (H042), and Anakin (H624; Ebène’s “daughter”). However, as the weather became dominated...

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July 2009

René Roy: MICS’s jovial sentinel in Gaspésie For many years, René Roy has been one of our most devoted colleagues, contributing to our research in more ways than one. Every year, he scopes the waters off Gaspé and the Lower St. Lawrence, searching for whales outside our main research area. During November of last year, MICS team members Christian Ramp...

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June 2009

MICS’s 31st season has begun! The climate, flora and fauna all seem to be taking their time this year: the trees are still without leaves and a layer of frost is still apparent in the morning as the MICS team arrives, a little late this year, in Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan. The capelin has just started rolling, seals and birds can be seen...

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