News Summary

  • 2018 / 01 / 29

    Stopping the Flow of Plastics into the Ocean

    By Béatrice Riché / Headline / Issues

    Last week, the European Commission unveiled its strategy for reducing the amount of plastic waste landfilled and discharged into the sea. Its goal is for all packaging to be reusable or recyclable by 2030. The Commission announced a $350 million inve...

  • 2018 / 01 / 26

    Youth Programs for Environmental and Conservation Awareness

    By François Vachon / On the calendar

    Are you interested in a career focused on the environment, wildlife conservation and awareness of your country’s natural heritage? A number of programs offer a variety of internship and volunteer opportunities to enable young participants to ac...

  • Phoques du Groenland sur la glace 2018 / 01 / 19

    Amphibious Mammals along the North Shore

    By Marie-Sophie Giroux / Observation of the week

    The lives of seals are split between the sea and the land. Excellent swimmers, they hunt their prey under water with ease. They are built to purpose: streamlined body, webbed feet, absence of external appendages. On land or on the pack ice, seals res...

  • Béluga 2018 / 01 / 18

    Have Whales Ever Gotten Trapped by the Ice in the St. Lawrence Estuary?

    By François Vachon / Questions from the public

    To date, no such incident has ever been recorded within the boundaries of the St. Lawrence Estuary. The Estuary extends from Île d’Orléans, where the fresh water of the St. Lawrence River and the salt water of the ocean mix, to Pointe-des-Mon...

  • 2018 / 01 / 11

    White Spouts in a White Landscape

    By Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    On the afternoon of January 8, an observer is driving down the “Whale Route” toward Sept-Îles. Upon her arrival at Godbout, at the confluence of the river of the same name, she parks her vehicle to snap a few photos. A local resident inf...

  • 2018 / 01 / 11

    What NASA Data Can Tell Us About Mass Strandings

    By Béatrice Riché / Discoveries

    Solar storms are not the primary cause of mass cetacean strandings in Cape Cod Bay, claims a new study conducted by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the International Fund for...

  • 2018 / 01 / 09

    The humpbacks of Mazatlan… by René Roy

    By René Roy / Field notes

    Thursday, January 4, 2018: while a weather bomb is pummelling Quebec, I have an appointment at 7:30 in the morning with Oscar Guzon of Onca Explorations in Mazatlan, on the Pacific coast of Mexico. I have been living in this city for a week, having t...

  • 2017 / 12 / 21

    Noteworthy Stories Awaiting Next Year’s Narratives

    By Marie-Sophie Giroux / Observation of the week

    The year 2017 is winding down. What were the major headlines from this year’s News from Afield? We remember the acrobatics of minke whales at the mouth of the Saguenay, as well as the comings and goings of humpbacks between the Gulf and the Est...

  • 2017 / 12 / 19

    Whales on the Big Screen

    By Marie-Ève Muller / On the calendar

    The Whale Online team has compiled a list of its favourite films and TV series for a home theatre session with whale enthusiasts in mind. Classics Free Willy (1993) After vandalizing a theme park, Jesse is ordered to clean up his graffiti. There he m...

  • 2017 / 12 / 19

    Do Dolphins get Alzheimer’s?

    By Béatrice Riché / Discoveries

    For the first time, a study has shown clear signs of Alzheimer’s disease in a wild animal: the dolphin. Both dolphins and humans have a long post-productive lifespan, and Alzheimer’s disease may be one of the costs of our longevity, the s...