News Summary

  • 2017 / 09 / 21

    Ba001, a.k.a. “Béatrice”

    By Marie-Sophie Giroux / Whale portraits

    Taken from the newsletter Portrait de baleines, September 22, 2017 In 2011, Mériscope begins compiling all the minke whale photos it has shot since 2001 in order to catalogue them. An enormous undertaking! One by one, the team begins to sort throug...

  • 2017 / 09 / 20

    Do whales drink salt water?

    By Collaboration spéciale / Headline

    Text by Sonia Villalon  Despite a few exceptions, pinnipeds and cetaceans do not usually drink. In most cases, water is supplied by the metabolism of prey proteins (metabolic water) and the oxidation of fat (drinking water). In cetaceans, these wate...

  • 2017 / 09 / 18

    Ancient whales with teeth like lions

    By Béatrice Riché / Discoveries

    Ancient whales had extremely sharp teeth, similar to those of land-based predators such as lions and dingoes, recently discovered researchers...

  • 2017 / 09 / 15

    Movement of Prey Conditions that of Whales

    By Collaboration spéciale / Observation of the week

    A text from Sonia Villalon Every species has its preferences in terms of prey and this week’s observations are proof: The Mingan Island Cetacean Study (MICS) team observed several large whales this week: approximately thirty fin whales, twenty ...

  • Un marsouin commun portant des marques de dents de dauphins, trouvé à l'Anse-au-Griffon. © Hélène Bernatchez 2017 / 09 / 14

    1-877-7baleine Still Active as Autumn Draws Near

    By Josiane Cabana / Headline

    Marine Mammals Emergencies has handled a variety of interesting cases in the past few weeks...

  • 2017 / 09 / 13

    H277, a.k.a. “Tingley”

    By Audrey Tawel-Thibert / Whale portraits

    Taken from the newsletter Portrait de baleines, September 15, 2017 The arrival of a female humpback accompanied by a first-year calf intrigued captains and naturalists: after doing a little homework, they conclude that it is Tingley, or H277! Althou...

  • 2017 / 09 / 07

    B082, or “Crinkle”

    By Audrey Tawel-Thibert / Whale portraits

    Taken from the newsletter Portrait de baleines, September 8, 2017 A blue whale with withered skin was spotted on August 26 in the Marine Park: Crinkle is back! Unsurprisingly, this name refers to the skin condition – the nature of which we do no...

  • 2017 / 09 / 07

    Movement in the St. Lawrence

    By Marie-Sophie Giroux / Observation of the week

    This seems to be the best way to describe the whale season to date. Several humpback whales, possibly as many as in past years, have come to pay a visit to the Estuary. What is different this summer is the duration of their incursions; they arrive an...

  • Rorquals communs 2017 / 09 / 06

    In Groups or Alone?

    By Marie-Sophie Giroux / Observation of the week

    “Harbour porpoises are everywhere, every day,” reports a collaborator from Franquelin. These cetaceans, which measure 1 to 2 m long, are nearly impossible to count, as they are numerous and scattered. The same is true for these “me...

  • Baleine noire vue à la dérive le 23 juin 2017, un vieux mâle connu depuis 1980 © NOAA 2017 / 09 / 05

    A Summer Overshadowed by Right Whale Mortalities

    By Josiane Cabana / Marine Mammal Emergencies

    The Marine Mammal Emergencies call centre has already handled nearly 200 cases and just over 350 calls this year. ...