MONTREAL – The arrival of a humpback whale in Montreal surprised because this is the first time that an individual of this species makes it that far. But what is it that brings the waters of the St. Lawrence river, at the height of the city?
The biologist Robert Michaud, Group for research and education on marine mammals (GREMM), considers that we are dealing with a whale of a vagabond.
“In all species, there are individuals who go in funny adventures. It is normal to have migrants, adventurers”, he explained, in an interview with host Mario Dumont.
Several reasons could explain its presence in Montreal. Returning to the Caribbean, where he spends the winter, humpback whales may be taken a series of bad decisions chasing a shoal of fish, which would have led him to sink in the estuary.
It could also be disoriented, or suffer a health problem or neurological impairment which blurs his sense of direction.
The scientist, who monitors the behavior of the animal in its ascent of the river, don’t know if the whale is able to eat or not.
One thing is for certain, the humpback whales have a great flexibility of food. They can eat krill and several species of fish that are in the vicinity of Montreal, said Mr. Michaud.
“This is a very young animal, we think it was two years ago, pointed out the biologist. Is it that he will have enough abilities to exploit the resources?”
The whales are capable of fasting for a few weeks. When they move to the south, they feed very little, gave the example of Robert Michaud.
The curious, many want to see the cetaceans in Montreal. In the past, a beluga whale had spent a few days in the same place in 2012, and we have even noted the presence of what appeared to be a minke whale in 1901.