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Acoustics on marine mammals

During the month of October 2023, I completed a contract as a Marine Mammal Observer (MMO) and System Operator...

Season 2023 in Canada

I spent four months on the water during the 2023 season, totalling 279 cruises. We had a difficult month of June without...

Acoustic sound of a humpback whale

Hello everyone, Humpback whales are the real stars of scientific research, probably the most studied cetaceans for their...

A poem against orca captivity from the book by Latsuna and Miya

One of the pages of the book of my friend Franck Latsuna "At the edge of man, illustrated poems", against captivity.

Creation and drawings

Hello everyone When I contacted my hairdresser who took care of me in France, he often talked about my travel postcards...

Arctic helmsman

Five weeks in the Canadian Arctic on a cargo ship between October and November 2022. It was magnificent: Iceberg, the...

Season 2022 in Canada

I had a good month on the water during the 2023 season totaling 104 cruises. We had some very busy days...

Guide on whales and dolphins of Mauritius (1999)

I knew Delphine Legay in 1999 when I worked with her in Mauritius and Rodrigues. This guide is a nice tribute.

Marine mammals: Mauritius by Delphine Legay (1999 to 2001)

Hello Internet users, With the recent oil spill on Mauritius, I was angry and sad about this pollution because I know very well...

2016 season: photos of the right whale and the humpback whale (Canada)

Concerning the 2016 season, only one thing: rare whales! At the beginning I had to do only replacements on the water as captain ....

Right whale mission (August 2020)

I participated as a deckhand in the Right Whale (Eubalaena glacialis) mission in the Gulf of St. Lawrence with the team of...

Whale season 2015, difficult on the water

Hello everyone, I did no article about the 2015 season. The reason is simple: few whales and difficult season. Since 4 years...

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2014 Season in Canada (October 2014)

Concerning the 2014 season: far fewer whales this year! Since 2011, there are fewer whales, year after year! Too bad. In all...

2013 Season in Canada (October 2013)

On October 06, 2013, I finished my season on the water and exceeded the number of my outings from 2012. My total is 185...

Captain Hook Whale (June 2013)

This fin whale is a very famous female in Eastern Canada and Quebec. Its name is "Captain Hook".

They are coming for the 2013 season!

The summer season is about to begin and we are observing the first whales in front of our house!

Vacations in French Guiana !

Dear visitors, I am back in Canada after a one month trip to French Guyana to meet the in-laws. We have been...

Vacations in French Guyana (January 2013)

I am back in Canada after a one month trip to French Guyana to meet the in-laws.

How whales make love (November 2012)

We men walk upright. To begin with, we raise our eyes to the blue sky above us, holding on to our feet...

Season 2012 in Canada (October 2012)

From June to the end of September 2012, I spent 348 hours (174 outings) in a zodiac on the St. Lawrence River. Five more trips compared to the previous one...

First Echo Whale Alliance meeting of the year (April 2012)

Yesterday, I was invited to the first meeting of the "Echo Whale Alliance" near my village. My director of the...

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Humpback whale and fin whale surface feeding around my boat (July 2012)

For more than 15 years I have been on the water observing marine mammals. I have had some incredible outings in my past and this one...

Already humpback whales in front of my house! (May 2012)

Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) and fin whales (Balaenoptera physalus)! I start my season on the water the week...

Am I changing my ethics or not? (April 2012)

Recently, I did a maritime training to work in winter for private companies. Teams are sent on...

Training for "Marine Mammal Observer and Passive Acoustics Operator (MMO)"!

I am doing a 6-day training in my field in Grande-Rivière (Gaspésie, Québec - Canada) because it is important. The theme of the...

When asked to do an internship or a job (December 2011)

It was necessary to clarify my professional situation. Since I have been working with marine mammals, I have been...

A record: 7 months on the water with the whales in 2011! (October 2011)

Since I returned from the Dominican Republic in May 2011, I already knew that my year was going to end well. I just finished my season...

2011 Season in Canada (October 2011)

From June to the beginning of October 2011, I spent 338 hours (169 trips) in a zodiac on the St. Lawrence River. I asked for pictures...

The 2011 season is rich in whales! (August 2011)

Since my return to the water as captain, I can already tell of my magnificent observations with the whales.

Back on the water as Captain ! (June 2011)

I returned from the Dominican Republic to Canada in May. After a few days spent in Montreal I went directly to Canada...

Captain "Eco-responsible" for this summer!

My 2011 season in Canada as a whale watching boat captain will have a new beginning. In fact, the whale watching companies are...

Sanctuary of Samaná in Dominican Republic (March 2011)

It's been a week since I arrived in the "Dominican Republic" and already 6 sea trips.

First week with the humpback whales of the Dominican Republic

Hello to all, It's been a week since I arrived in the "Dominican Republic" and already 6 sea trips. As promised the...

2010 Season in Canada (October 2010)

I ended the 2010 summer season a little early to go back to France and join the family. Some clients sent me...

When boaters harm whales... (August 2010)

I am often asked if the boats disturb the whales and harm their behavior? Of course the noise of the engines is a serious problem...

Oh my boat....Oh! Oh!...(July 2010)

For those who still doubt my favorite activity, here are some pictures taken on the field...

The 2010 season has started! (June 2010)

I left Montreal (Quebec, Canada) to start the tourist season in the Canadian north with the whale watching cruises.

List of captive killer whales in the world (May 2010)

The NGO "RESEAU CETACES" (France) has accepted that I put online their list of captive orcas in the world. Very interesting and...

Erika Oil Spill (May 2010)

I went to the Atlantic coast in 2000, exactly to the "Sables d'Olonnes", with the LPO (Ligue de Protection des Oiseaux),...

Excellent article on the International Whaling Commission 2010 (April 2010)

Hello, I invite you to read the excellent article on the truth of the "CBI" (in anticipation of the meeting) by...

New summer season 2010 ! (March 2010)

I ended the 2010 summer season a little early to go back to France and join the family. Some clients sent me...

The killer whale? (March 2010)

The death of the trainer in a water park in Florida has made many people bounce! But why? Are you surprised?

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A year and a half in Polynesia (February 2010)

That delay for the update of my website since the last two months! The reason is simple, the connection on my island is reduced...

The NGO SOS Grand Bleu celebrates its 20th anniversary (December 2009)

I am a member since 1997 of the association S.O.S Grand Bleu. Its office is located in the beautiful village of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat (France),...

All against captivity and the massacre of dolphins with the film -The Cove-.

Mr. Rick O'Barry is the hero of a documentary filmed in Taiji, Japan, called "The Cove", which refers to the...

Departure for Canada (October 2009)

Change on my side. Finally my employer is going to sell his company on January 1st 2010. He wanted to do it for a while.

Humpback whale photos (September 2009)

Since my encounter with the humpback whale on August 08, 2009, many people wanted to see the pictures. This is normal.

Swim with a humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae)!

Dear visitors, There are days when life has surprises in store for us... I was leaving with my group of six people. The captain, our...

Report, cetaceans and manta ray (July 2009)

A lot of delay this month because the season started quickly. Knowing that from July to December 2010, we have the high tourist season...

Is visible pollution the most harmful (June 2009)

In my 2002 report entitled -Pollution and its effects on cetaceans-, in collaboration with Stéphanie Raynaud in Montpellier (France),...

Very good report on killer whales in the Strait of Gibraltar (in english, April 2009)

I was sent a report (in English) dated 2007, about orcas (Orcinus orca) hunting tuna in the Strait of Gibraltar.

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Too late to save a shark (March 2009)

I'm in rehab right now to get my knee back in shape, so I spend a lot of time in the lagoon in front of my faré (home...

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28 dolphins identified and work stopped (February 2009)

In January, I informed my readers that I had been able to identify 19 dolphins thanks to the photo - identification on the pass of...

Oscar for best documentary: The Cove (February 2009)

Like many Canadians, we were in front of our TV on Sunday night to watch the Oscars ceremony in Hollywood! During the...

Shame on the third French zoo for dolphins

I was a bit disconnected from France and the latest topics concerning captivity and marine zoos.

First 10 dolphins photos - identified (part 1)

Here are the first photos of dolphins obtained from July 2008 to January 2009 allowing to identify them in the sea, in the channel...

The 9 other dolphins photos - identified (part 2)

Here is the second part of the dolphins photographs on Rangiroa from TT13 to TT23

Happy New Year 2009

Happy new year 2009 ! For this new year, a lot of things on my side

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19 dolphins identified in Rangiroa (dec 2008)

I was talking about it in October 2008 on my website, about my work with the group of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) permanent all year long...

My bibliography on cetaceans!

At the end of this year, I send you all my bibliography of cetaceans (in pdf format.)

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Canada does not protect its orcas (November 2008)

No protection for killer whale habitat: Canada sued. Six environmental groups have launched a lawsuit against Fisheries and Oceans Canada...

Study of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in Rangiroa (Oct 2008)

My job as a guide allows me to be at sea every day and to propose our two activities to the customers: the descent of the pass...

First month in French Polynesia! (August 2008)

I was thinking of doing my 3rd summer season in Canada but things changed. I will only do it for a month...

Summary of the 60th International Whaling Commission (IWC) (2008)

The International Whaling Commission (IWC) was created by the Washington Convention (1946) in a context of overexploitation of the great whales.

French Polynesia - Rangiroa - Our comparative figures for June 2008

As I do at the beginning of every month, I compare our dolphin sightings from last year to the same time. When I look at my...

Rangiroa - French Polynesia - pictures of my work place (September 2008)

Here are some pictures of the Tiputa pass on Rangiroa island, where I work. The Tiputa pass connects the lagoon and the ocean.

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Have a great 2008 season!

I can only wish you a good 2008 season at sea...

Polynesia and Rangiroa (June 2008)

I was thinking of doing my 3rd summer season in Canada but things changed. I will only do it for a month...

Third summer season in Canada: 2008

Hello to all, For my third year in Quebec, I am going once again on the boats to work with cetaceans. Only...

Cetaceans in Mauritius (March 2008)

In 1999, I helped the scientist Delphine Legay in her project of photo-identification of spinner dolphins (stenella longirostris)...

Dolphin, cliché for sale ! (Feb 2008)

It's hard not to be impressed by the number of photos of dolphins or whales in magazines. We see them everywhere! Don't you?

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The 2007 Season is over

Hello everyone, I am back in Montreal (Quebec, Canada) since one week. My season is ending with the G.R.E.M.M (Groupe de Recherche et...

Season 2007

Hello to all, My message is very short because I don't have much time. The whales of the St. Lawrence River (Quebec, Canada) are in the...

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Summer 2007 with the Group for Research and Education on Marine Mammals

I thought I wouldn't be able to work this summer 2007 on cetaceans because of my knee injury, but I was able to get an opportunity with the...

Report of the 59th International Whaling Commission (IWC) (2007)

The "59th International Whaling Commission / IWC" in Alaska has just finished. Attached, the report of several NGOs...

Overfishing: a major issue (June 2007)

I had to give my opinion on the problem of fishing and overexploitation of the oceans. The oceans are being emptied by the overexploitation of...

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Everything goes wrong for the Island Expedition association (April 2007)

Following my article on the association "Island Expedition" (December 2006), I received a lot of emails or letters about it. All these people...

Orcalab 2007 Reference

Hello to all. I had asked the two researchers of Orcalab (British Columbia, Canada), to write me a certificate...

The man bent her head and grabbed him at her after exercise.

Injury and voluntary termination (2007)

I've been playing sports since I was a kid and I've had a few minor injuries.

Caution with the Island Expedition association (dec 2006)

Dear visitors, I had to talk about my adventure in the Bahamas in 2001 with the Island Expedition association. Indeed, a lot of people ask me...

2006 Season: Great Blue Heron Cruises

Journal de Bord - June 2006 The 2006 season started slowly in this month of June. Also, the great whales, fin whales, and the...

Encounter with the blue whale 2006

Photos by Johan DECELLE and Lucia DI IORIO Portneuf-Sur-Mer - Quebec/Canada, July 2006. Julien Marchal

Why is it less cold in Canada (June 2006)

Everyone told me that the Canadian cold was going to be terrible and hard to bear for my first winter! That I would regret...

Questions & Answers / FAQ (2006)

I answer your frequent questions.

Come on board with me this summer! (2006)

In 2001, I worked as a volunteer in Quebec (Canada) on the cetaceans of the St. Lawrence River" and "Swiss Cetacean Society...

Greenpeace activist (February 2006)

I have always been concerned about environmental problems in the oceans or forests. My problem is that I preferred to...

Why an Alphabet of Dolphins and Whales?

When I look at my statistics concerning the files read on my site, I notice that few people look at my two files -Alphabet of...

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Quebec (and French) marine mammal emergency network: 1-877-722-5346

In France, we are lucky to have PELAGOS. Monaco, France and Italy each have a working group "awareness...

Change of horizon (2005)

Since my first visit to Canada in 1996 with my backpack, I wanted to stay longer in this country. Now it's done !...

Cetacean watching in the Azores

Cetacean Watching Program in the Azores : July 3 - 9, 2005 Ecotourism trip : Cetacean watching In the wake of dolphins and...

Between oysters and dolphins, the Arcachon basin (2005)

It happened in my childhood to come on vacation in the Aquitaine region with my parents. We were in Lacanau to enjoy the...

The Pelagos sanctuary (by S.O.S Grand Bleu, May 2004)

This protected marine area extends over 87,500 km2, within the Corso-Liguro-Provençal basin. It was in 1999 that France, Italy and France...

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