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2017 / 09 / 20

Do whales drink salt water?

By Collaboration spéciale / Headline

Text by Sonia Villalon  Despite a few exceptions, pinnipeds and cetaceans do not usually drink. In most cases, water is supplied by the metabolism of prey proteins (metabolic water) and the oxidation...

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News from Afield

  • 2017 / 09 / 15

    Movement of Prey Conditions that of Whales

    By Collaboration spéciale / Observation of the week

    A text from Sonia Villalon Every species has its preferences in terms of prey and this week’s observations are proof: The Mingan Island Cetacean Study (MICS) team observed several large whales t...

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  • 2017 / 09 / 07

    Movement in the St. Lawrence

    By Marie-Sophie Giroux / Observation of the week

    This seems to be the best way to describe the whale season to date. Several humpback whales, possibly as many as in past years, have come to pay a visit to the Estuary. What is different this summer i...

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News from Near and Afar

  • 2017 / 09 / 18

    Ancient whales with teeth like lions

    By Béatrice Riché / Discoveries

    Ancient whales had extremely sharp teeth, similar to those of land-based predators such as lions and dingoes, recently discovered researchers...

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  • 2017 / 09 / 04

    Reduced speed limits for ships: an effective measure for protecting whales?

    By Béatrice Riché / Issues

    In order to protect North Atlantic right whales, the Canadian government has temporarily reduced speed limits for large vessels in parts of the Gulf of St. Lawrence and its Estuary since August 11. Is...

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Whale Q&A

  • 2017 / 08 / 28

    What is this beluga doing with this piece of wood?

    By Maureen Jouglain / Beluga / Questions from the public

    In this video taken in the summer of 2016 off the land-based Pointe-Noire Interpretation and Observation Centre, a beluga is seen exhibiting curious behaviour. For several minutes it interacts with a ...

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  • 2017 / 08 / 21

    Is Montréal’s and Québec City’s wastewater having an impact on whales?

    By Maureen Jouglain / Questions from the public

    The Montréal region alone produces 2/3 of the wastewater in Quebec. The province’s second most densely populated city, Québec City, also discharges its wastewater into the St. Lawrence. Most w...

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