News Summary

  • Phoque du Groenland observé à Grande-Rivière, le 12 novembre 2017 © Valérie Minville 2017 / 11 / 17

    Return of Winter Seals

    By Josiane Cabana / Marine Mammal Emergencies

    Nordic visitors were spotted last weekend in the Gaspé as well as in the Bellechasse region upstream of the Estuary. One was a hooded seal and the other was a harp seal, both of adult size. Observers initially thought they were in trouble, as they w...

  • 2017 / 11 / 17

    Could solar storms be to blame for a mass stranding?

    By Béatrice Riché / Discoveries

    The stranding of 29 sperm whales in the North Sea in early 2016 may have been caused by solar storms occurring some 150 million kilometres from Earth, according to a study published last August in the International Journal of Astrobiology. Sperm whal...

  • 2017 / 11 / 17

    Migrants Prolonging their Season

    By Marie-Sophie Giroux / Headline / Observation of the week

    At first glance, the St. Lawrence in November appears to be devoid of life. Apart from merchant ships and ferries, few boats are still plying the waters here. But observers who brave the cold and pace the banks are surprised to discover a vibrant mar...

  • 2017 / 11 / 13

    End-of-Season Field Notes 2017 (Part II)… by Renaud Pintiaux

    By Marie-Ève Muller / Field notes

    The last trip offshore for the year took place on November 4. Here is the second part of these Field Notes, accompanied by a large photo gallery. First let’s look at gray seals and gulls. Near the Prince Shoal Lighthouse, we spot a herd of a hu...

  • 2017 / 11 / 09

    When Birds Take Advantage of Whales to Feed

    By Marie-Sophie Giroux / Observation of the week

    An impressive scar forms zebra-like stripes on the right flank of one of the three fin whales seen off Tadoussac this week. The female Zipper is here. When she was first encountered back in 1994, she still had open wounds and her skin was in tatters....

  • 2017 / 11 / 09

    End-of-Season Field Notes 2017 (Part I)… by Renaud Pintiaux

    By Renaud Pintiaux / Field notes

    The field season ended on November 4. But there are still quite noteworthy observations (marine mammals, birds, landscapes) and two Field Notes will be needed to summarize these final forays off the coast of Tadoussac. Here’s the first one, wh...

  • 2017 / 11 / 08

    Boats to Maintain Greater Distance from Killer Whales

    By Béatrice Riché / Actions

    By next spring, vessels off the coast of British Columbia will no longer be permitted to approach within 200 metres of southern resident killer whales, announced DFO Minister Dominic LeBlanc on October 26; this is 100 metres more than the current dis...

  • 2017 / 11 / 03

    How do we measure the length of a whale?

    By Stéphanie Tremblay / Questions from the public

    When we see a whale from shore, or even from a boat, it looks quite small. Even if it does not appear so big, a beluga can nevertheless measure up to 4.5 metres long! How can we go about calculating this length without touching the animal? By photogr...

  • 2017 / 11 / 02

    Minke Whales, from the Arctic to the St. Lawrence to the Tropic of Cancer

    By Marie-Sophie Giroux / Observation of the week

    This past week, it has been mostly minke whales that have been observed. About fifteen of them have been at the mouth of the Saguenay. They surface with a loud crash, snatching up in a single gulp any shoaling fish in their path, including sand lance...

  • 2017 / 10 / 31

    #SMM2017 Day 5: Cry of the Heart

    By Marie-Ève Muller / On the calendar

    That’s it, the marathon of presentations is over! The 22nd Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals, held in Halifax from October 23 to 27, covered a broad range of topics concerning a multitude of species, from sea otters to blue w...