Issues

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 / 07 / 28

    Whales in the nets

    Par Béatrice Riché / Issues

    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...

  • © New England Aquarium Les chercheurs de Pêches et Océans, quant à eux, se penchent avec leurs collaborateurs sur les contaminants accumulés dans les tissus des rorquals et sur les causes de mortalités d’espèces en péril. Quant aux phoques, chaque carcasse est documentée dans le but d’identifier l’espèce, l’âge et si possible, la cause de mortalité la plus probable, une tâche. 2017 / 07 / 14

    Whale Alert App Now Available in French

    Par Béatrice Riché / Issues

    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...

  • 2017 / 06 / 14

    Banned Flame Retardants Still Present in St. Lawrence Belugas

    Par Béatrice Riché / Beluga / Discoveries / Issues

    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...

  • Vaquita © Frédérique Lucas (Source: www.vivavaquita.org) 2017 / 06 / 01

    Vaquita Could Disappear within a Year

    Par Béatrice Riché / Issues

    The world’s smallest cetacean, the Gulf of California porpoise, or vaquita, could become extinct in 2018, according to a World Wildlife Fund (WWF) report released on May 15. WWF is calling on th...

  • Rorqual bleu nommé Bleu Nuit © René Roy 2017 / 05 / 25

    Blue Whale Feeding Disturbed by Nearby Watercraft

    Par Béatrice Riché / Discoveries / Issues

    According to a recent study, vessels within 400 metres of a blue whale disrupt the latter's ability to feed...

  • Un groupe de bélugas © GREMM 2017 / 05 / 23

    Quantifying the number of belugas in the St. Lawrence

    Par GREMM / Beluga / Issues

    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...

  • © CP/HO-Moe Brown 2017 / 04 / 28

    North Atlantic Right Whales Making Headlines: What’s Going On?

    Par Béatrice Riché / Issues

    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

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Beluga / Issues

    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...

  • © RSears-MICS photos 2017 / 03 / 06

    Intimidating Predators in a Less Icy Arctic

    Par Béatrice Riché / Discoveries / Issues

    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. ...

  • Échouage de centaines de baleines en Nouvelle-Zélande © REUTERS (Source: The Sun, https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/2831609/300-whales-stranded-new-zealand-beach/) 2017 / 02 / 21

    Hundreds of Whales Beached in New Zealand

    Par Béatrice Riché / Issues

    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...