Why do we think Forillon is an exceptional place to watch Blue whales?
Blue whale swimming by Cap Gaspé
© Otkay Kay
For the last several years, we have noticed a regular, often daily presence of these marine mammals. Blue whales can be seen for most of the year in the Bay of Gaspé.
As the Blue Whale feeds exclusively on krill (a tiny shrimp-like crustacean) and eats 4 tons of it a day (the weight equivalent of a large pickup truck), we can suppose that the cold waters surrounding Forillon are rich enough in krill to warrant a little visit!
Blue whale research
© Otkay Kaya
Unlike Humpback whales, only a portion of Blue whales will show their fluke while diving. To identify most individuals, researchers will look at the patterns in the skin coloring (as they are unique), particular marks or a unusual shape of the dorsal fin. In the field of Blue whale identification, the MICS has done an herculean contribution, pioneering long term studies of this great mammal, a species at risk according to the Canadian government.