The MICS research team had a rare encounter with two female right whales on August 19th, 2018. As the sun was setting on a calm day in the St. Lawrence, we came across a pair that was exhibiting behaviour typical of surface-active groups (SAG). This behaviour has been well-documented in North Atlantic right whales, and has been linked to mating behaviour, as well as play and social bonding.
We thank the Anderson Cabot Strait Center for Ocean Life at the New England Aquarium for helping us identify those individuals as #2503 and #3890.
Thanks to our collaborators at TerreSky for capturing the footage and editing the video.