Update – Nature
Montrealers looking toward the Saint Lawrence River might have gotten a big surprise.
The Groupe de recherche et d’éducation sur les mammifères marins (GREMM) has confirmed that a humpback whale swam past Montrealup the Saint Lawrence River on Saturday. The whale was first spotted around 8:30 a.m. near Montréal-Est and by 11:00 a.m. had made it to the Jacques Cartier Bridge, according to the organization’s Facebook posts.
Earlier in the week, a whale was spotted in the vicinity of Quebec City. At the time, the GREMM stated that that was the farthest upriver a whale of that size had ever been spotted.
“There have been previous reports of minke whales and beluga whales, but never for this species,” the organization wrote in a statement.
“An adult humpback whale measures between 13 and 17 metres long and can weigh up to 40 tonnes.”
On Saturday in Montreal, an intervention team from the Réseau québécois d’urgences pour les mammifères marins (RQUMM) was on-site to “assess the animal’s condition.”
Fisheries and Oceans Canada officials are also “patrolling the area to document the situation and ensure that the 100-metre distance between vessels and the whale is respected.”