Marine Mammal Emergencies
In any given year, Marine Mammal Emergencies receives close to 500 calls from the public for seals or whales that are dead or in difficulty. Here is a selection of incidents handled by MME’s partners.
2017 / 05 / 29
Young Seal on the River Banks: Do Not Disturb!
The months of May and June are pupping season for harbour seals. Every year, the Quebec Marine Mammal Emergency Response Network handles about twenty calls involving live young seals stranded on the s...
2017 / 05 / 15
A Second Life in Tadoussac for the Young Humpback Found Stranded in Godbout
The 9-metre long, 7.4-tonne whale was of immediate interest to veterinarians, researchers and the team at Tadoussac's Marine Mammal Interpretation Centre...
2017 / 04 / 12
Citizens of the St. Lawrence, stay alert! Report any dead or vulnerable marine mammal to 1-877-7baleine
The Quebec Marine Mammal Emergency Response Network (QMMERN) relies on cooperative local citizens and fishermen to promptly report any dead or struggling marine mammal by dialling 1-877-7baleine (1-87...
2017 / 04 / 04
Dead beluga beached in Magdalen Islands; a carcass protected by law
The carcass is being eyed by local residents, who would like to recover its bones. However, Section 32 of the Species at Risk Act stipulates that it is prohibited...
2017 / 04 / 03
First Beluga Carcass of the Year Reported in Gaspésie
The first beluga carcass of the year was reported to Marine Mammals Emergencies. A resident of the Gaspé Peninsula town of L’Anse-à-Valleau phoned 1-877-7baleine late in the day on March 29. L...
2017 / 03 / 29
Spring Reveals Two Dolphin Carcasses in Sainte-Flavie
A resident of this Lower St. Lawrence town and volunteer for Marine Mammal Emergencies discovered it during his daily stroll...
2017 / 02 / 28
Dead Whale Adrift amongst the Gaspé Ice Floes
Reports have been flying back and forth for the past three days: a whale carcass has been drifting along the Gaspé Peninsula coastline. The dark, uniform colour suggests that it may be a blue whale. ...
2017 / 01 / 27
Fin Whale Carcass in Montmagny: Flashback to 1988
A few weeks ago, a botanist passionate about nature and wildlife took advantage of a winter day to sort through his box of souvenir photos. Here's what he came upon: the photographs are of a fin whale...
2017 / 01 / 20
Is it normal to see seals on the ice?
Calls made to 1-877-7baleine since the end of last year were mostly from witnesses who observed seals lying on the ice off of Matane, Sainte-Flavie and even in Verdun (near Montréal). If the animal a...
2017 / 01 / 12
Volunteering for Marine Mammal Emergencies
Every year since 2012, the Quebec Marine Mammal Emergency Response Network has been recruiting volunteers who are available and motivated to validate and document cases reported to 1-877-7baleine....