First meeting with the press for our baby walrus

QUÉBEC CITY, May 26, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - The press has been convoked this afternoon for a first meeting with the very first baby walrus born in a Canadian zoological environment.

A one-of-a-kind adventure
Sépaq's CEO, John MacKay, underlined the extraordinary work done by the team directed by Jill Marvin, director of conservation at the Aquarium du Québec. The team closely monitored the gestation of the two female walruses, documenting their progress and sharing the information gathered throughout this exceptional adventure. "This collection of scientific data will expand what we know about walruses. The Aquarium team has also shared information on its Facebook page, making it accessible to the general public and reaching as many as 145,000 people at a time."

Scientific research at Sépaq
Mr. MacKay also took advantage of the occasion to highlight a little known, but important dimension of Sépaq, i.e. its scientific research projects, most notably focusing on marine animals at the Aquarium du Québec, paleontological discoveries at Parc national de Miguasha, and even light pollution at Parc national du Mont-Mégantic.

Until June 8, the general public is invited to complete the participation form on the Aquarium's Facebook page and to suggest a name for Arnaliaq's baby as well as for Samka's newborn, who arrived during the night of May 23 and who will certainly make a grand public entrance in a few weeks. For the time being, he's in the maternity ward with his mom!

A jury will choose 10 names from all those received. Between June 20 and June 23, all 10 will be presented on the Facebook page and fans can vote for their favorite. Those persons having suggested the most popular names according to the vote will win an Annual Family Passport PLUS for the Aquarium and a Bed and Breakfast Package for two adults and two children at Duchesnay! The names selected will be officially revealed on June 23.


SOURCE Société des établissements de plein air du Québec

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For further information: Lucie Boulianne, Communications Officer, Sépaq, 418-686-4875,


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