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Biography of Julien Marchal






Julien Marchal was born in 1976 in Clamart, Haut-de-Seine (France) and is also a Canadian citizen. He was drawn to photography by a love of the ocean and dolphins along with a commitment to protecting the world's seabeds. While in the French cities of Strasbourg and then Montpellier, Julien planned opportunities to meet the animals he sought to protect. In 1995, he discovered his first whale (fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus)) and striped dolphin (Stenella coeruleoalba) in the sanctuary "Pélagos" in the Mediterranean sea.

During a trip to British Columbia, Canada, he met killer whales (1997), and blue whales (Balaenoptera musculus) travelling in pairs (2000). In Guadeloupe (France), he worked in an aquarium in order to treat sea turtles (1998).



He was fortunate enough to come across a newborn sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) (1998) off the coast of the Azores.
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).

Then he was in Bergeronnes (Québec, Canada) as captain of boat for whale-watching (2011-2017).

From 2018 to 2021, he was a bridge watch and seaman for the Canadian Coast Guard (Fisheries and Oceans Canada) and he has been working for a firm as a bridge watch on ships specializing in scientific research in Canada, the last of which was on the right whale (Eubalaena glacialis) in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

In the summer, he continues to introduce marine mammals to Essipit Cruise (Quebec, Canada), a company founded by an Aboriginal community.

During the winter it remains available for marine contracts in France / DOM-TOM or Canada. Today he lives with his family on the north shore of Montreal (Quebec, Canada).