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Government of Canada

June 11, 2013 13:57 ET

Entangled Fin Whale in the Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park

Experts are attempting to save the whale

TADOUSSAC, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - June 11, 2013) -

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Parks Canada, in collaboration with Parcs Québec, the Group for Research and Education on Marine Mammals (GREMM) and the Campobello Whale Rescue Team, are continuing their attempts to free the fin whale entangled in fishing gear in the Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park.

The intervention team is presently trying to attach a transmitter and buoys to the fishing gear in order to track the marine mammal on a continual basis. This device will facilitate the team's work when approaching the animal during a subsequent intervention. It is also hoped that the weight of the buoy will lead to the disengagement of the fishing gear.

Capitaine Crochet, the entangled female fin whale, is well known to tour operators who work in the Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park. She has been visiting the Marine Park since 1994. Her present level of activity has made the disentanglement operation difficult. Despite efforts undertaken to date, the animal's future still remains uncertain. However, there is still hope that the operation will succeed.

Anyone observing the whale is requested to contact the Quebec Marine Mammal Emergency Response Network at 1 877 722-5346. Everyone is requested to not approach the whale and to remain at a minimum distance of 400 metres. Stress could aggravate her state and compromise the success of the disentanglement operation by rendering the whale boat shy.

The Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park, co-directed by Parcs Québec and Parks Canada, is celebrating its 15th anniversary. It is continuing its efforts to heighten the level of protection of the Park's ecosystems, while favouring the practice of sustainable activities.

For more information concerning the Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park, please visit www.parcmarin.qc.ca.

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Contact Information

  • Daniel Langlois
    Director
    Saguenay-St. Lawrence Field Unit
    Parks Canada
    418 235-4703, Extension 259
    www.facebook.com/PMSSL

    Robert Michaud
    President and research program director
    Group for Research and Education on Marine Mammals
    418 235-4701