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News Summary
2017 / 11 / 17

Migrants Prolonging their Season

By Marie-Sophie Giroux / Headline / Observation of the week

At first glance, the St. Lawrence in November appears to be devoid of life. Apart from merchant ships and ferries, few boats are still plying the waters here. But observers who brave the cold and pace...

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News from Afield

  • 2017 / 11 / 09

    When Birds Take Advantage of Whales to Feed

    By Marie-Sophie Giroux / Observation of the week

    An impressive scar forms zebra-like stripes on the right flank of one of the three fin whales seen off Tadoussac this week. The female Zipper is here. When she was first encountered back in 1994, she ...

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  • 2017 / 11 / 02

    Minke Whales, from the Arctic to the St. Lawrence to the Tropic of Cancer

    By Marie-Sophie Giroux / Observation of the week

    This past week, it has been mostly minke whales that have been observed. About fifteen of them have been at the mouth of the Saguenay. They surface with a loud crash, snatching up in a single gulp any...

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News from Near and Afar

  • 2017 / 11 / 17

    Could solar storms be to blame for a mass stranding?

    By Béatrice Riché / Discoveries

    The stranding of 29 sperm whales in the North Sea in early 2016 may have been caused by solar storms occurring some 150 million kilometres from Earth, according to a study published last August in the...

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  • 2017 / 11 / 08

    Boats to Maintain Greater Distance from Killer Whales

    By Béatrice Riché / Actions

    By next spring, vessels off the coast of British Columbia will no longer be permitted to approach within 200 metres of southern resident killer whales, announced DFO Minister Dominic LeBlanc on Octobe...

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Whale Q&A

  • 2017 / 11 / 03

    How do we measure the length of a whale?

    By Stéphanie Tremblay / Questions from the public

    When we see a whale from shore, or even from a boat, it looks quite small. Even if it does not appear so big, a beluga can nevertheless measure up to 4.5 metres long! How can we go about calculating t...

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  • 2017 / 10 / 18

    Are the pilot whales of the St. Lawrence the same as those in the Caribbean?

    By Stéphanie Tremblay / Questions from the public

    The differences between certain species are sometimes so imperceptible that they may be mistaken for one another. Pilot whales in particular resemble each other with a few key differences. Are the pi...

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