Fascinating as they are, whales are the object of numerous research programs. From time to time, reality surpasses the myth! Here is a selection of articles covering some of these discoveries.
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 / 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 / 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 / 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 / 04
Whale-watching tours: opportunities to educate and raise awareness?
A case study in Juneau, Alaska demonstrates the potential of whale-watching tours as an educational and public awareness tool for the protection of whales and the marine environment. This study also r...
2017 / 06 / 14
Banned Flame Retardants Still Present in St. Lawrence Belugas
Despite the measures that have been put into place in Canada since 2006 to reduce the concentrations of certain flame retardants (polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs) in the environment, these co...
2017 / 05 / 25
Blue Whale Feeding Disturbed by Nearby Watercraft
According to a recent study, vessels within 400 metres of a blue whale disrupt the latter's ability to feed...
2017 / 05 / 18
Toward a Better Co-existence of Shipping Traffic and Belugas in the St. Lawrence
To facilitate the recovery of whales at risk in the St. Lawrence, researchers, wildlife managers and industry are working together to develop measures to reduce the various threats faced by whales. Bu...
2017 / 04 / 24
How does a predator go about eating an eight-legged prey almost as big as itself?
With no hands, how can one get the better of a live eight-armed prey measuring over one metre long equipped with suction cups and capable of suffocating its attacker?...
2017 / 04 / 24
Studying Whale Breath: New Discoveries and Techniques
A Canadian-US research team has undertaken a study on the fungi and bacteria found in the breath of southern resident killer whales (also known as orcas) on the west coast. The discovery of multiple b...