montreal whale

Here are some of the best videos and photos of the whale swimming in Montreal

The humpback whale that's been swimming around in Montreal's Old Port has been putting on quite a show for residents, much to the delight of professional and amateur photographers.

The humpback whale arrived last week. It likely came from much farther north up the St. Lawrence River near Tadoussac, Quebec.

The whale's arrival is highly unusual (and possibly the first) and the mammal has been captured splashing about, all with the backdrop of the major metropolitan clearly behind it.

Wildlife experts at Groupe de recherche et d’éducation sur les mammifères marins (GREMM) have been closely monitoring the whale and its activities. 

The last update on June 2 notes that it's "still swimming in the Jacques-Cartier bridge area" and that "land-based observers will be conducting behavioural monitoring."

GREMM also notes that "[Service de Police de la Ville de Montréal]'s nautical squad will be continuing its collaboration with Fisheries and Oceans Canada officers to ensure that shipping and recreational boating traffic is able to coexist with the whale."

They say the whale is estimated to be between two and three years old, appears to in good physical condition, and is displaying normal behaviours like diving and breaching.

"The animal appears to be physically fit. Its dynamism is remarkable, despite having made a marathon journey against the current. Its skin does shows some damage, but nothing severe," GREMM said.

GREMM says that eventually the whale will make its way back to its natural habitat on its own.

For anyone looking to track its movements, there's a map that shows where the whale is located.

Lead photo by Steve Walsh Photography

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