While Quebec’s St. Lawrence Estuary is known for its world-class whale watching, it’s also one of North America's busiest shipping routes and home to a large human population. This ideal habitat at the confluence of several major bodies of water fosters a rich food chain that sustains an array of marine life and 13 whale species, including blue, humpback, fin, minke, and endangered St. Lawrence beluga whales. Join Canadian Expedition Leader Eleanor Edye to find out how wild whales coexist with people within the greater St. Lawrence ecosystem thanks to conservation, ecotourism, education, citizen science and research projects. A professional biologist who guides beluga whale trips in Manitoba and whale-watching trips in Quebec, Eleanor details how these combined preservation efforts are succeeding, some of the challenges that remain, and how you can help protect these majestic marine mammals.
Originally presented May 4, 2021
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