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2017 / 03 / 29

Spring Reveals Two Dolphin Carcasses in Sainte-Flavie

By Josiane Cabana / Headline / Marine Mammal Emergencies

A resident of this Lower St. Lawrence town and volunteer for Marine Mammal Emergencies discovered it during his daily stroll...

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News from Afield

  • 2017 / 03 / 23 Deux bernaches cravants

    A Breath of Spring

    By Marie-Sophie Giroux / Observation of the week

    These lovely spring days, with their radiant sunshine and mild temperatures, inspired several observers to scan the shores of the St. Lawrence last weekend in search of signs of life offshore... on th...

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  • 2017 / 03 / 17 Percé

    Observation Round-up, from the Estuary to the Gulf

    By Marie-Sophie Giroux / Observation of the week

    Winter is a relatively calm period for marine mammal enthusiasts. Nevertheless, many observers stare out to sea, constantly on the lookout. What have they seen of late?...

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News from Near and Afar

  • 2017 / 03 / 17

    Harbour Porpoise Shows Fastest Developing Hearing Amongst Mammals

    By Marie-Ève Muller / Discoveries

    Thirty hours: that’s all it takes for harbour porpoises to develop their hearing to the same level as adults. In humans, children can already hear in the uterus, but it takes years for them to f...

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  • 2017 / 03 / 13

    Vancouver Aquarium: end of captivity for cetaceans

    By Marie-Ève Muller / Beluga / Issues

    On March 9, after two evenings of public hearings, the Vancouver Parks Commission decided: there will be no more cetaceans at the Vancouver Aquarium. By amending the park control regulations, the Vanc...

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Whale Q&A

  • 2017 / 03 / 10

    Why is plastic sometimes found in the stomachs of whales?

    By Marie-Ève Muller / Questions from the public

    How is it that 30 plastic bags find their way into the stomach of a cetacean? The issue was raised after the discovery of a Cuvier’s beaked whale stranded in Norway last January, whose digestive...

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  • 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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