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Species at Risk

Blue Whale (Atlantic population)

Balaenoptera musculus

How can I help?

  • Behave respectfully toward blue whales when you observe them, whether at the Saguenay St. Lawrence Marine Park or elsewhere on the St. Lawrence. Watch them from land so that you do not disturb them. If you prefer to participate in a whale-watching trip on the water, choose a cruise company that respects the regulations on observing marine mammals.
  • Be curious. Learn more about the blue whale and share your knowledge about this species at risk with your group. Meet with interpreter-guides at the Cap de Bon-Désir Interpretation and Observation Centre at the Saguenay St. Lawrence Marine Park.
  • Always, and particularly at the Saguenay St. Lawrence Marine Park, dispose of your garbage in appropriate containers. When picnicking, use reusable containers and utensils. Too often, plastic bags and wraps, juice containers and other garbage fly away and end up in the water, where they can pollute the environment for decades, or even centuries.
  • Adopt daily habits that respect the environment. Your use of water has an impact on the river’s health: save it and use ecologically friendly cleaning products!
  • Does your municipality have a sewage system that effectively treats wastewater before dumping it in the rivers? If not, share your concerns about this issue with elected municipal and/or regional officials.

Close-up view of a whale with whale watching boat tours in the background.
Saguenay St. Lawrence National Marine Park of Canada is renowned for some of the best whale watching in Canada.
© Parks Canada / Barrett & Mackay / 1985