fortunate enough to come across a newborn sperm whale
(Physeter macrocephalus) (1998) off the coast of the
Julien’s photographic work is mainly done out of water.
Otherwise it is the result of swims with eight sperm
whales and spinner dolphins (Stenella longirostris)
near Mauritius (2000). He also took pictures of a
number of long-finned pilot whales (Globicephala melas)
in the Mediterranean Sea (2000). Other achievements
include his first black tip shark (Carcharinus melanopterus)
in the Bahamas (2001) or the humback whale (Megaptera
Novenglae) and the bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus)
in French Polynesia (2008-2010).
In addition to being a photographer,
Julien Marchal is a member of various cetacean associations
throughout the world. He is a nature guide specializing
in cetaceans and is a strong critic of the practice
of keeping dolphins and killer whales in captivity
(Parc Astérix, France, 1997). He speaks at
conferences, and publishes scientific and non technical
articles with the aim of “increasing the awareness
of the public and future generations.” Julien currently
works in Quebec, Canada, as a cetaceans nature guide,
skipper and marketing representative for an ecotourism
company. In 2011, he spent time translating for a
company which observes humpback whales (Megaptera
Novenglae) in the Dominican Republic (Samaná).
Today he’s working in Escoumins (Québec,
Canada) as captain of small boats, photographer and
web analyst for Essipit company.