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2018 / 03 / 12
Are seals “chatterboxes”?
Before tackling this question, here are a few tidbits regarding our St. Lawrence whales. Between 30 and 50 belugas were seen swimming off Les Bergeronnes on February 27: mainly white individuals accom...
2018 / 03 / 11
An Elusive Species Faces Extinction
Researchers are sounding the alarm to prevent the imminent disappearance of the Gulf of Mexico Bryde’s whale. “This mammal is at risk of being the first baleen whale to go extinct since th...
2018 / 01 / 29
Stopping the Flow of Plastics into the Ocean
Last week, the European Commission unveiled its strategy for reducing the amount of plastic waste landfilled and discharged into the sea. Its goal is for all packaging to be reusable or recyclable by ...
2018 / 01 / 26
Youth Programs for Environmental and Conservation Awareness
Are you interested in a career focused on the environment, wildlife conservation and awareness of your country’s natural heritage? A number of programs offer a variety of internship and voluntee...
2018 / 01 / 19
Amphibious Mammals along the North Shore
The lives of seals are split between the sea and the land. Excellent swimmers, they hunt their prey under water with ease. They are built to purpose: streamlined body, webbed feet, absence of external...
2018 / 01 / 18
Have Whales Ever Gotten Trapped by the Ice in the St. Lawrence Estuary?
To date, no such incident has ever been recorded within the boundaries of the St. Lawrence Estuary. The Estuary extends from Île d’Orléans, where the fresh water of the St. Lawrence River and ...
2018 / 01 / 11
White Spouts in a White Landscape
On the afternoon of January 8, an observer is driving down the “Whale Route” toward Sept-Îles. Upon her arrival at Godbout, at the confluence of the river of the same name, she parks her ...
2018 / 01 / 11
What NASA Data Can Tell Us About Mass Strandings
Solar storms are not the primary cause of mass cetacean strandings in Cape Cod Bay, claims a new study conducted by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Bureau of Ocean Energ...
2018 / 01 / 09
The humpbacks of Mazatlan… by René Roy
Thursday, January 4, 2018: while a weather bomb is pummelling Quebec, I have an appointment at 7:30 in the morning with Oscar Guzon of Onca Explorations in Mazatlan, on the Pacific coast of Mexico. I ...
2017 / 12 / 21
Noteworthy Stories Awaiting Next Year’s Narratives
The year 2017 is winding down. What were the major headlines from this year’s News from Afield? We remember the acrobatics of minke whales at the mouth of the Saguenay, as well as the comings an...