The Great Blue Whale
The Great Blue Whale may be observed in the St. Lawrence from May to July but is more present in August and September, the blue whale is the largest of all whale species. Also called The Great Blue Whale, this sea mammal can exceed 30 meters in length and can weigh from 80 to 120 tons. It is the largest known living animal on our planet. Long and thin, the body of the blue whale can take different shades of bluish gray on the back and a little lighter underneath. There are at least three distinct subspecies: those living in the Northern Atlantic and Northern Pacific, those living in the Antarctic Ocean, and those living in the Indian Ocean and Southern Pacific. Like the majority of whales, the blue whale feeds mainly on krill, a small crustacean, but also sometimes eats fish and squid. There were thousands of blue whales in all oceans before the beginning of the 20th century, but the blue whale came close to extinction before being protected by the International Community in 1966. Today, the species is still considered threatened.