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 / 11 / 17
Could solar storms be to blame for a mass stranding?
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 / 10 / 24
Bigger brain, greater degree of sociability?
Is there a correlation between brain size and the diversity of social behaviours exhibited by a species? In cetaceans, it seems that there is, reveals a study published this month in the journal Natur...
2017 / 10 / 17
Microorganisms in Whale Breath
A large group of bacteria was identified for the first time in the breath (or blow) of humpback whales. Whether they live in the Atlantic or in the Pacific, humpbacks to a large extent harbour the sam...
2017 / 10 / 03
North Atlantic Right Whales Declining since 2010, Confirms Study
Thanks to a new statistical model, US government researchers and the New England Aquarium are able to more accurately estimate the North Atlantic right whale population and more quickly detect growth ...
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...