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A creature from another world…

Some of the species found in the Vivarium at Musée du Fjord are not just unusual because of where they come from, but also because of their journey through time. And surely one of the most extraordinary of these species is the horseshoe crab, which literally looks like it came from another planet. (Facts about Horseshoe […]

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Wetlands: a wealth of biodiversity!

An unfathomable number of species, from the smallest insect to the largest mammals, spend at least some of their time in wetlands, but these environments are even more critical for amphibians! Indeed, amphibian species go through two distinct evolution stages: generally, their larval stage occurs in water, and is followed by the maturity stage, which […]

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Musée du Fjord’s Vivarium

Since 2012, Musée du Fjord has been offering visitors a discovery space called Vivarium, where a diversity of exotic and local small animal species of are presented in various aquariums, insectariums, and terrariums. Many amphibian and reptile species inhabit the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region. They are associated with wetlands such as ponds, peat mosses, swamps, and marshes. […]

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Funny critters!

Of all the species living in captivity in theVivariumat Musée du Fjord, whether they are indigenous or exotic, most feature more or  less outstanding characteristics. Here are a few examples: Sticky fingers! The physical feature that distinguishes tree frogs from their frog cousins are sticky discs at the finger and toe tips, allowing them to […]

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Winter navigation on the Saguenay River

Excerpt from “Une histoire de la navigation sur le Saguenay” by the historian Russel-Aurore Bouchard “We are here to escort ships heading for the Alcan and Grande-Anse port facilities in La Baie”, Stéphane Bégin “The most powerful ship of the fleet – the Louis S. St-Laurent–makes its first rounds in more than thirty years”, Le […]

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Reach for the Stars!

Musée du Fjord’s stars do not shine high up in the sky or at the top of a Christmas tree! Instead, they swim… in our giant aquarium. Their scintillating colours shine just as brightly though. Indeed, the common starfish varies from light yellow to brown, through orange, red, mauve, purple, and violet. For its part, […]

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A nudist mollusc!

The Saguenay Fjord is a truly rich and surprising ecosystem. Some of its inhabitants are odd little creatures that hide in the deepest recesses of the river, like the nudibranch, which Museum visitors can view in one of our small aquariums. The nudibranch is somewhat like a snail, but without a shell. It is covered […]

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Is Rudolph a male or female?

The impressive antlers of Santa’s reindeers seem to indicate that they are adult males, since females and young males antlers are much less developed. However, antlers of larger males shed in early December, and only regrow in March of the following year. As opposed to females that keep their antlers all winter, and young males […]

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An albino sea cucumber! Is that possible?

In fact, yes! Of course, you understand that we’re talking about the marine invertebrate that is named after a… vegetable. Albinism is an inherited condition caused by a deficient gene. It is characterized by a lack of pigment that normally gives colour to the skin. Other species can have entirely white fur or feathers, red […]

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radiated shanny

The radiated shanny is a fish found in the Saguenay Fjord, and which is difficult to observe in its natural environment, as it often hides among rocks. Musée du Fjord is delighted to have this specimenin its aquarium! The radiated shanny grows to a maximum 20 centimetres in length. The cod is its main predator. […]

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