Three new giants exposed to Tadoussac

Trois nouveaux géants exposés à Tadoussac

The Centre d’interprétation des mammifères marins (CIMM) in Tadoussac will within a year three new skeletons of whales, including the rare right whale nearly 14 meters long, which will become the jewel in the crown of the largest collection of its kind in North America.

The Progress was unable to attend, in the beginning of the week, the work of restoration done since now nearly ten years on the remains of three large cetaceans that have probably visited the river St. Lawrence and the mouth of the Saguenay river for their living, and who have probably been seen by thousands of tourists over the years.

Trois nouveaux géants exposés à Tadoussac

The imposing skeleton of a right whale close to 14 feet long will soon be exposed to Tadoussac.


In addition to the huge black whale, dead in 2015, the experts of the Group for research and education on marine mammals (GREMM), which oversees the interpretation centre – work to recreate the other two giants.

The most recent is a whale bumps a nine-meter-drafted in 2017, while the other, a fin whale found dead in 2008 in Bergeronnes, has been waiting for a decade to be exposed.

Trois nouveaux géants exposés à Tadoussac

The remains of the whale bumps 14 tonnes was dredged up in 2017, and then transported by truck up to Sacré-Coeur, on the North Shore.


“When we get a whale, it is necessary to have the budget for transport. It can cost between$ 15,000 and$ 20,000 to go look for a whale. We talk about big machinery. It really is the land of the giants”, writes the director general of the GREMM, Patrice Corbeil.

As explained in the latter, the process to transform the remains of a whale, over 30 tons in the skeleton ready to be exposed is a very long-term.

Long process

The right whale recovered in 2015 initially due to be taken by boat, offshore from Percé, in the Gaspé peninsula, up to the ribs before being trucked up to Sacré-Coeur on the North Shore, where the skeletons of whales are still being thoroughly cleaned.

Meanwhile, the draft is passed by a rubbish dump, the only place where a carcass of this size can be carved. This step requires the work of twenty volunteers, who must cut into the flesh of the dead animal to remove its bones in less than a day, so as to prevent vermin and flies excessive damage to the carcass.

Once the bones are removed, they are dried and then transported to the workshop where they are washed, blanched, and then placed in order to reconstruct the skeleton of the whale.

15 species

The GREMM has already a dozen species of whales in its walls. With the addition of these three species, the skeletons of almost all the whales that frequent the waters of the river St. Lawrence will be represented at Tadoussac by 2020.

Trois nouveaux géants exposés à Tadoussac


“We’re going to really have a unique collection in Canada of whales that come to the St. Lawrence. The only species of importance that is missing now in the museum will be the orc. If one failed, it is sure that we will have to go look for him”, said Mr. Corbeil.

The director of the ICMM is estimated to have invested nearly$ 250,000 in recent years to return its three major pieces, but it still lacks$ 100,000 to complete the assembly and mounting of structures to the interior walls of the centre of Tadoussac.

Trois nouveaux géants exposés à Tadoussac


Campaign financing

A fundraising campaign will be launched in the coming months to find the rest of the funding. The campaign do you Believe in giants? will be launched in the spring.

The private donors who wish to take part in the adventure will get personalized plates that will be affixed to the ground during the construction of the home site of the new whales in the course of the next summer.

Trois nouveaux géants exposés à Tadoussac




The Centre d’interprétation des mammifères marins (CIMM) will do business with the company Bilodeau Canada Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean to complete the assembly of the large baleen from the jaw of a right whale, a first for a cetacean of this size in North America.

In Bilodeau, Canada, the taxidermy and the making of clothes and accessories to base of fur of animals is part of everyday life, but do the jaw of a whale, which weighed 34 tons of its living, it is a challenge to which the company is surprisingly already played in the past.

“It is a crazy project out of hundreds that people have proposed in recent years. They come to us with projects and do not know how to get there,” says Mario Bilodeau, the founder of the company located at Normandin.

“We have already made reproductions of skeletons of whales common to 32 feet long, which are exposed at the auberge Saint-Gabriel in Old Montreal and another that is located at the Montreal airport,” says the entrepreneur, whose works are recognized internationally.


The jaw colossal of the right whale has about 400 baleen plates on each side of the mouth. These baleen whales are in some way the teeth of the animal. Unlike the whale family whales, right whales do not have the capacity to engulf large quantities of food and expel the water through the front of their giant mouths to filter food through its baleen plates.

The mandate of Bilodeau Canada will be to give every baleen whale on a reconstruction of the upper jaw of the animal. The contract, valued at about$ 20,000 will be made to Normandin, and work is expected to begin next week.

Among the projects cruel and unusual punishment, which have been made by the company jeannoise, Mario Bilodeau notes that it has already had the mandate to recreate narwhals (also called unicorns of the seas because of their unique defense, which measure up to three metres long.

The jaw reconstructed of the right whale should be delivered in the next few weeks at the ICMM.

Trois nouveaux géants exposés à Tadoussac




The right whale is restored by the ICMM carried the name Piper, and was known to the New England Aquarium since 1993. She weighed to 34.6 tons and was of 13.9 metres. Before dying in 2015, it has undergone at least two collisions with boats and she has given birth three times, in 2006, 2009 and 2013. Before 2015, it had never been seen in the waters of the St. Lawrence river. Today, there are less than 500 right whales of the North Atlantic world.

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