A surprise visitor has settled in for an extended vacation. According to a June 3 update from the Groupe de recherche et d'éducation sur les mammifères marins (GREMM), Montreal's whale is still just hanging out by the Cartier Bridge and Old Port. Photos and videos shared by onlookers show the whale frequently jumping out of the water in dramatic displays.
"The humpback whale could remain in the area for several more days before leaving on its own," the GREMM explains in a Facebook post.
"But to do so, it needs to stay safe." The group asks boaters to stay at least 100 metres away.
The good news is that the whale "has no apparent injuries" and "its flesh condition is good, so it has a good body condition."
"It moves at a good speed, seems to breathe normally and has normal, even dynamic behaviour (diving, jumping) for a humpback whale. Its skin is a little damaged by being in fresh water, but nothing alarming at the moment."
The GREMM explains that, "in the short term," the freshwater of the Saint Lawrence doesn't pose a major health risk.
But the reason for its long, unprecedented journey to Montreal is still a mystery.
"It's possible that the whale followed its prey. It's also possible that the whale is disoriented or lost. Given its age," 2-3 years, "navigational errors may be due to its inexperience."
"It's also possible that it's exploring potential new feeding grounds. The world humpback whale population is currently expanding and some individuals may be seeking new territories."
The whale was first spotted near Quebec City on May 26. At the time, the GREMM said that that was the farthest upriver a whale of that size had ever been seen.
Researchers, wildlife officials, and witnesses followed its slow journey to Montreal, capturing footage of the mammal along the way.
The whale has reportedly drawn crowds to the Old Port.
The GREMM asks that spectators remember to follow public health guidelines.
Add this to your list of things you never thought would happen in 2020.
Political leaders in Quebec have spoken out about the shooting in Montreal on Monday, August 2. Three people were killed and two others were injured.
Premier François Legault and Minister of Public Security and Deputy Premier Geneviève Guilbault both referred to the incident as "worrying," while Mayor Valérie Plante added that "gun violence must stop."
Une enquête est en cours sur les événements d'hier à Rivière-des-Prairies. Que des fusillades surviennent chez nous… https://t.co/0DXKVMsA7B
In a tweet on Tuesday morning, Premier François Legault reacted to the shooting. He wrote, "an investigation is underway into yesterday's events in Rivière-des-Prairies. It is disturbing and worrying that shootings are happening in our area. My condolences to the relatives of the victims. We are going to protect Montrealers and Quebecers."
Geneviève Guilbault also added to the conversation in a tweet that said, "we offer our condolences to the loved ones of the victims of the shooting in Montreal yesterday. Recent events are worrying. We have invested significant sums in the fight against violence and our teams of @secpubliqueqc continue to work with our partners."
The mayor of Montreal, Valérie Plante, spoke out about the matter. She tweeted, "like the people of Montreal, I am shocked by yesterday's shooting in RDP. Gun violence must stop. The safety of Montrealers is an unconditional priority. Our team is fully mobilized and works with the @SPVM to find the culprits."
The investigation remains ongoing.
This article's cover photo was used for illustrative purposes only.
Can't make it to the Bas Saint-Laurent this summer? No problem. The city's latest culinary catch, Pincette, is landing in Old Montreal.
Led by Chef Khelil Ben Ammar formerly of Nelligan and Su, and "inspired by Montreal's vibrant culinary scene," the new Montreal lobster bar aims to "bring the East Coast experience to Montreal," according to a press release shared with MTL Blog.
The décor sets the scene. The dining room evokes an elevated lobster shack with a "chic Montreal-European vibe." It even has charming lobster trap light fixtures.
Among the mouthwatering menu items are lobster mac n' cheese, a lobster roll, lobster poutine and a lobster club sandwich, as well as many other seafood treats and dishes (gotta highlight the cod fritters!).