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!

  • 2018 / 01 / 11

    What NASA Data Can Tell Us About Mass Strandings

    Par Béatrice Riché / Discoveries

    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...

  • 2017 / 12 / 19

    Whales on the Big Screen

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / On the calendar

    The Whale Online team has compiled a list of its favourite films and TV series for a home theatre session with whale enthusiasts in mind. Classics Free Willy (1993) After vandalizing a theme park, Jes...

  • 2017 / 12 / 19

    Do Dolphins get Alzheimer’s?

    Par Béatrice Riché / Discoveries

    For the first time, a study has shown clear signs of Alzheimer’s disease in a wild animal: the dolphin. Both dolphins and humans have a long post-productive lifespan, and Alzheimer’s disea...

  • 2017 / 12 / 08

    Gifts that keep on giving!

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / On the calendar

    The holiday season is fast approaching! With it comes the conundrum of brainstorming for gift ideas. That said, Whales Online would like to offer a few suggestions related to the theme of marine mamma...

  • 2017 / 12 / 06

    Drilling near the St. Lawrence: a threat to marine mammals?

    Par Béatrice Riché / Issues

    Between now and Christmas, the Government of Quebec is hoping to put into place a regulatory framework for hydrocarbon exploitation in Quebec. Draft regulations for the implementation of the Petroleum...

  • 2017 / 11 / 27

    Studying Reproduction Like Two Matching Pieces of a Puzzle

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Discoveries

    Do female dolphins have any control over which male they reproduce with? The question seems straightforward, but the method of proving it is not. Because observing what goes on inside the body when tw...

  • 2017 / 11 / 17

    Could solar storms be to blame for a mass stranding?

    Par Béatrice Riché / Discoveries

    The stranding of 29 sperm whales in the North Sea in early 2016 may have been caused by solar storms occurring some 150 million kilometres from Earth, according to a study published last August in the...

  • 2017 / 11 / 08

    Boats to Maintain Greater Distance from Killer Whales

    Par Béatrice Riché / Actions

    By next spring, vessels off the coast of British Columbia will no longer be permitted to approach within 200 metres of southern resident killer whales, announced DFO Minister Dominic LeBlanc on Octobe...

  • 2017 / 10 / 31

    #SMM2017 Day 5: Cry of the Heart

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / On the calendar

    That’s it, the marathon of presentations is over! The 22nd Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals, held in Halifax from October 23 to 27, covered a broad range of topics concerning...

  • 2017 / 10 / 27

    #SMM2017 Day 4: Piggybacking on Others’ Ideas

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / On the calendar

    The onslaught continues: lectures, flash presentations, videos, plenaries, posters and discussions with colleagues hailing from every continent. A biennial is a vast brainstorming of the latest resear...