News from Near and Afar
A series of easy-to-understand articles so that you won’t miss a thing in the world of whales!
2017 / 09 / 18
Ancient whales with teeth like lions
Ancient whales had extremely sharp teeth, similar to those of land-based predators such as lions and dingoes, recently discovered researchers...
2017 / 09 / 04
Reduced speed limits for ships: an effective measure for protecting whales?
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...
2017 / 08 / 28
Whales, death and mourning
An understanding of death and reaction to the loss of a loved one are generally considered to be human attributes. It would seem, however, that the mechanisms inherent in mourning behaviour are deeply...
2017 / 08 / 15
Studying Gannets to Better Understand the Feeding Activities of Whales
A text from Sonia Villalon The monitoring of northern gannet populations (Morus bassanus) is of particular interest for understanding changes in whale diets in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Gannets are se...
2017 / 08 / 09
Let’s Talk Whales! Online consultation on endangered whales
With Let’s Talk Whales, the Government of Canada is launching a comprehensive online public consultation on protective measures to implement for the recovery of three cetacean species classified as ...
2017 / 08 / 04
On the Path of the Blue Whale: From the St. Lawrence to the United States
A study published in July 2017 in the journal Endangered Species Research presents the first records of the migratory movements and winter destinations of blue whales and explores opportunities for de...
2017 / 07 / 28
Whales in the nets
As evidenced by the news in the past few weeks, when whales get entangled in fishing gear, there can be serious consequences for the whales themselves, as well as for those who attempt to free them. T...
2017 / 07 / 27
Good navigation practices for Beluga conservation
In this beluga calving season, Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s “Show you care, keep your distance!” awareness campaign reminds us of the navigation practices to follow in the presence ...
2017 / 07 / 24
Less and Less Oxygen in the St. Lawrence
During their recent mission aboard the Coriolis II, researchers observed the lowest concentrations of dissolved oxygen ever recorded in the deep waters of the St. Lawrence River. Why is there less oxy...
2017 / 07 / 14
Whale Alert App Now Available in French
Whale Alert, an application developed to reduce the risk of collisions between ships and whales, is now available in French. This application allows those navigating Canadian and US waters of the Atla...