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The sea mammals | The beluga | The harbour seal | The minke whale | Other sea mammals

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The sea mammals of the fjord

The Saint-Lawrence beluga (Delphinapterus leucas), the minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) and the harbour seal (Phoca vitulina) are three species that are frequently seen in the Saguenay during the summertime. For their part, the beluga and the harbour seal are resident species because they give birth and raise their young in the Saint Lawrence and, or in the Saguenay. As far as the minke whale is concerned, it is occasionally seen along with its babies at the mouth of the Saguenay.


Other species of sea mammals are also found visitng the Saguenay in the Saint-Lawrence estuary. The grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) generally limits its visits downstream. The fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus), the humpback whale (Megaptera novaengliae) or the blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) make quick stops at the mouth of the Saguenay fjord.

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