‘It was, in fact, magic.’– French tourist Eric Mouellic when speaking of his experience watching the variety of whales and other sea life while on a whale watching cruise on the St. Lawrence.
All the whales come to this region for one reason: They come to feed and you will go there to watch and be totally amazed while visiting one of the world’s great whale-watching sites. Humpbacks, finbacks, minke and even North Atlantic right whale, one of the rarest of all large whales, and even killer whales assemble in this rich feeding ground throughout the summer and fall. Belugas are also called white whales, and their unusual color makes them one of the most familiar and easily distinguishable of all the whales – look for them on this Interlude! You’ll also hope to see the finback whales who usually feed as deep as 100 meters below the surface, coming up to take three or four breaths before plunging back down, where they feast on entire schools of fish and krill – mesmerizing and magnificent!! Usually feeding on krill, tiny shrimp-like crustaceans sometimes brought close to the surface in vast numbers in an up-swell from the boat. Were you aware that the beluga whale and the harbor seal are the only marine mammals that spend the entire year in the St. Lawrence Estuary?
I found it fascinating to learn that a permit is required to offer whale-watching excursions. Captains must complete training, offered by Parks Canada, to avoid disturbing whales. They must know how to react properly when a whale surfaces unexpectedly near their vessel. Good to know.
During the summer, when you’ll be there on this guided vacation, the Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park is a gigantic, natural food pantry. The whales, seals, and birds you will see, for the most part, traveled thousands of miles to come feed. These wild animals spend a large part of their time just feeding and resting. You are most certainly privileged to be able to watch them in their habitat and witness their natural behavior while on this sojourn.
As you explore the charming town of Tadoussac, I thought you might find the following few phrases helpful – all are the Québécois version pertaining to food. C’est l’heure du lunch qui s’en vient bientôt: Lunchtime’s coming up. Vous avez pas encore soupé.
Profitez de ce passer de merveilleuse vacances et amusez-vous – or Enjoy this wonderful vacation and have fun!
Please review the entire itinerary and plan to join in on all the fascinating experiences awaiting you.
Eadie, Interlude Blog Team
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