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Échouage de centaines de baleines en Nouvelle-Zélande © REUTERS (Source: The Sun, https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/2831609/300-whales-stranded-new-zealand-beach/)
2017 / 02 / 21

Hundreds of Whales Beached in New Zealand

By Béatrice Riché / Headline / Issues

Last weekend, over 600 pilot whales ran aground at Farewell Spit Beach in New Zealand. Hundreds of volunteers attempted to save the surviving whales and return them to the water. Despite this effort o...

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News from Afield

  • 2017 / 02 / 20

    A Mysterious Tail

    By Marie-Sophie Giroux / Observation of the week

    On February 4, a resident in the Godbout region on the North Shore captures on film the tail of a humpback whale. He sends this photo to the Group for Research and Education on Marine Mammals (GREMM) ...

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  • 2017 / 02 / 10

    Driving over 500 km to See Belugas

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

    "Beluga-watching in winter!" exclaims a Whales Online subscriber after reading the Field Notes Still Plenty of Belugas on the Upper North Shore. Inspired by the words and images, he decided to drive a...

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News from Near and Afar

  • 2017 / 02 / 13 © Josiane Cabana

    US Standards to Reduce Global Bycatch?

    By Béatrice Riché / Actions

    Since January 1, 2017, the United States has adopted a new seafood import regulation: foreign fisheries wishing to export to the United States will have to protect marine mammals according to standard...

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  • 2017 / 02 / 08 © GREMM

    When Opera Embraces Belugas: An Encounter of Great Beauty!

    By Josiane Cabana / Actions / Beluga

    Quebec soprano Jessica Latouche accompanies belugas with one of the most beautiful songs of classical opera, Addio del passato ...

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Whale Q&A

  • 2017 / 02 / 13

    Are humpback whales saving other species being hunted by killer whales?

    By Marie-Sophie Giroux / Questions from the public

    In 2012 in Monterey Bay, California, a BBC team filmed the intervention of two humpbacks to protect a young gray whale being pursued by killer whales. The calf ends up dying, but about fifteen other h...

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  • 2017 / 02 / 03

    Which cetacean is most at risk of extinction?

    By Marie-Sophie Giroux / Questions from the public

    According to the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), it would be the vaquita. At the present time, there are fewer than 40 individuals, all of which are extremely at...

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