The whales of the St. Lawrence and elsewhere in the world face all sorts of issues, some of which are concerning for the long-term survival of their populations. Here is a selection of articles covering these issues.
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 / 23
Quantifying the number of belugas in the St. Lawrence
Article by Robert Michaud Fisheries and Oceans Canada recently published the results of the most recent St. Lawrence beluga census, which was conducted in the summer of 2014. The abundance index, calc...
2017 / 04 / 28
North Atlantic Right Whales Making Headlines: What’s Going On?
An unprecedented number of whales in Cape Cod Bay in recent weeks and an abnormally low number of newborns observed this winter off the coasts of Georgia and Florida are causing surprise and raising m...
2017 / 03 / 13
Vancouver Aquarium: end of captivity for cetaceans
On March 9, after two evenings of public hearings, the Vancouver Parks Commission decided: there will be no more cetaceans at the Vancouver Aquarium. By amending the park control regulations, the Vanc...
2017 / 03 / 06
Intimidating Predators in a Less Icy Arctic
A recently published study shows that the presence of killer whales significantly alters the behaviour and distribution of narwhals, even at distances of up to 100 km. ...
2017 / 02 / 21
Hundreds of Whales Beached in New Zealand
Last weekend, over 600 pilot whales ran aground at Farewell Spit Beach in New Zealand. Hundreds of volunteers attempted to save the surviving whales and return them to the water. Despite this effort o...
2017 / 02 / 01
Marine Mammals in a Warmer and Less Icy St. Lawrence
A study released this month by the Maurice Lamontagne Institute of Fisheries and Oceans Canada reveals that significant changes are taking place in the St. Lawrence River: deep waters continue to grow...
2017 / 01 / 11
Baby beluga in the limelight in 2016
Reported on Radio-Canada's website by journalist Ariane Perron-Langlois, the story of the live newborn beluga found beached was one of the top 10 most read articles in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region in ...
2016 / 12 / 22
Trans Mountain and Killer Whales: Underestimated Impacts?
On November 29, the Trudeau government gave the go-ahead for the proposed expansion of the Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline system in British Columbia. A request for a review was filed yesterda...
2016 / 12 / 08
Two Belugas Die at the Vancouver Aquarium… Now What?
Last week, Aurora died at the age of 29, just nine days after the death of her daughter Qila. These events revived the debate on the Aquarium's captive cetacean program....