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Saguenay Fjord

Saguenay Fjord

The Saguenay river, which flows out of Lac Saint-Jean, runs through the fjord’s incised cliffs to the St. Lawrence.

  • Atlantic halibut, a giant flatfish

    Halibut swimming in the Biodôme aquarium.

    The world’s biggest flatfish, it can weigh up to 300 kg and measure 2.5 m long.

    Like the winter flounder, the halibut swims on its left side and has both eyes on its right side.

    This special feature appears only during development. The fry have eyes either side of their head and swim like most fish, underside facing down!

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  • The mysterious Greenland shark

    Greenland shark's head.

    The St. Lawrence is home to several species of sharks. The most mysterious is probably the Greenland shark, or grey shark, which tolerates very cold waters and develops at great depths.

    Only a handful of fishermen have caught them in the Saguenay Fjord and Baie des Ha! Ha!

    This shark is the largest fish found in Arctic waters. It can measure up to 7 m long and weigh as much as 1100 kg.

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  • Threats to the winter skate

    Winter skate swimming in the Exploramer aquarium.

    Encased in rigid greenish capsules, the embryos of this cartilaginous fish are deposited on the river bottom and take more than one year to hatch. As a result, the species is vulnerable to fishing activities, both trawler and dragging.

    Add the fact that the females can only produce at a later age, it’s no surprise that the winter skate is in danger of becoming extinct.

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Saguenay Fjord

The Saguenay river, which flows out of Lac Saint-Jean, runs through the fjord’s incised cliffs to the St. Lawrence.

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