February 2017

  • 2017 / 02 / 28

    Giant of Giants Honoured at Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum

    Par Marie-Sophie Giroux / On the calendar

    On March 11, the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto will launch its new exhibition dedicated to the largest animal the planet has ever known: Out of the Depths: The Blue Whale Story....

  • Rorquals à bosse © GREMM 2017 / 02 / 28

    Counting Whales from Space

    Par Béatrice Riché / Beluga / Discoveries

    Can whales be counted using photos taken from outer space? Two researchers from Perth, Australia, are attempting to conduct a survey of humpback whales migrating along the west coast of Australia usin...

  • Carcasse de rorqual à la dérive, 26 février 2017 © John Michaud 2017 / 02 / 28

    Dead Whale Adrift amongst the Gaspé Ice Floes

    Par Josiane Cabana / Marine Mammal Emergencies

    Reports have been flying back and forth for the past three days: a whale carcass has been drifting along the Gaspé Peninsula coastline. The dark, uniform colour suggests that it may be a blue whale. ...

  • © Robert Michaud 2017 / 02 / 24

    Copious Meal for Two Blue Whales

    Par Marie-Sophie Giroux / Observation of the week

    Their gaping mouth expands like an accordion thanks to the skin folds of the throat and belly, while their baleen retain a phenomenal amount of krill. Such is the description of the hearty meal consum...

  • 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

    Par Béatrice Riché / 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...

  • 2017 / 02 / 20

    Whale Week 2017: February 13-17

    Par Marie-Sophie Giroux / On the calendar

    Organized by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the event aims to raise public awareness about whales and to promote scientific projects across the country. Proposed activitie...

  • 2017 / 02 / 20

    A Mysterious Tail

    Par 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) ...

  • 2017 / 02 / 13

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

    Par 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...

  • © Josiane Cabana 2017 / 02 / 13

    US Standards to Reduce Global Bycatch?

    Par 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...

  • 2017 / 02 / 10

    Driving over 500 km to See Belugas

    Par 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...