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Pierre Richard

About Pierre Richard

Presenter & Expedition Guide


Pierre grew up in Quebec City and has been an avid naturalist since his teens. He has vacationed in the Charlevoix region since childhood. It was in that area that he developed a keen interest in marine life and, in particular, whales, seals and seabirds. Pierre was one of the first naturalists on board St. Lawrence whale-watching cruises in the 1970s. For the last 30 years, he was employed as a marine biologist and scientist at Fisheries and Oceans Canada, during which time he conducted field research on beluga whales, narwhals and walrus. He has authored many scientific publications and three nature guides on marine mammals of Eastern Canada and Nunavut. Retired from Fisheries and Oceans, Pierre can now spend more time as a nature guide and naturalist interpreter, his first love. Since 2005, he has been a regular guide on arctic expeditions. An outdoor enthusiast in his spare time, Pierre enjoys birdwatching wherever he goes and has pursued that passion across Canada, in several states of the U.S. and Mexico, and Costa Rica.

As a longtime arctic marine mammal researcher, Pierre has focused on the population biology of belugas and narwhals of the Canadian Arctic, developing recommendations for the sustainable use and conservation of their populations. He is known in Nunavut as Pieri, angutikutaq qilalugalerei (“the tall man who knows about belugas and narwhals”). He is the author of a Nunavut schoolbook about the marine mammals of Nunavut and several French-language books on the whales and mammals of Eastern Canada and the Arctic. Over the years, Pierre has been a guide/naturalist on dozens of arctic and North Atlantic expeditions and a few seasons on Antarctic expeditions. Pierre likes to spend a lot of time on the ships’ decks or out in a Zodiac to spot marine mammals and birds. Join him there.