He was fortunate
enough to come across a newborn sperm whale (Physeter
macrocephalus) (1998) off the coast of the Azores.
Julien’s photographic work is mainly done out of water.
Otherwise it is the result of swims with eight sperm
whales and spinner dolphins (Stenella longirostris)
near Mauritius (2000). He also took pictures of a
number of long-finned pilot whales (Globicephala melas)
in the Mediterranean Sea (2000). Other achievements
include his first black tip shark (Carcharinus melanopterus)
in the Bahamas (2001) or the humback whale (Megaptera
Novenglae) and the bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus)
in French Polynesia (2008-2010).
In addition to being a photographer,
Julien Marchal is a member of various cetacean associations
throughout the world. He is a nature guide specializing
in cetaceans and is a strong critic of the practice
of keeping dolphins and killer whales in captivity
(Parc Astérix, France, 1997). He speaks at
conferences, and publishes scientific and non technical
articles with the aim of “increasing the awareness
of the public and future generations.” Julien currently
works in Quebec, Canada, as a cetaceans nature guide,
skipper and marketing representative for an ecotourism
In 2011, he spent time translating
for a company which observes humpback whales (Megaptera
Novenglae) in the Dominican Republic (Samaná).
Then he was in Les Escoumins (Québec,
Canada) as captain of boat for whale-watching (2011-2017).
From 2018 to 2019, he was a bridge
watch and seaman for the Canadian Coast Guard (Fisheries
and Oceans Canada).
Since 2020, he has been working for
a firm (Reformar Inc.) as a bridge watch from April
to November, on ships specializing in scientific research
in Canada, the last of which was on the right whale
(Eubalaena glacialis) in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
During the winter it remains available
for marine contracts in France / DOM-TOM. Today he
lives with his family on the north shore of Montreal