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 / 09 / 05
A Summer Overshadowed by Right Whale Mortalities
The Marine Mammal Emergencies call centre has already handled nearly 200 cases and just over 350 calls this year. ...
2017 / 08 / 04
Marine Mammal Emergencies Season in Full Swing
With the call centre team handling dozens of calls daily already in these first few days of August, the season is in full swing at 1-877-7baleine. With the tourist season booming, many sets of eyes ar...
2017 / 07 / 20
Update, July 31 – A Necropsy for the eighth Right Whale carcass
The carcass of the third of the six dead right whales found in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in June has recently washed ashore in the Magdalen Islands...
2017 / 07 / 07
Update July 7: Track is lost from the Nepisiguit River beluga
Since July 4: we lost track On July 4 in the evening, the GREMM research team did not receive the transmissions of the satellite tag placed on the right flank of the beluga. Hoping for a temporary pro...
2017 / 06 / 08
Second Minke Whale Stranded in Lévis in One Year
Update On the afternoon of June 6, veterinarian Stéphane Lair conducted a cursory external exam of the minke whale. It was confirmed that the animal is a male minke whale, probably less than one year...
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...