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News Summary
2018 / 12 / 12

The Nepisiguit River beluga… off Prince Edward Island

By Marie-Ève Muller / Beluga / Headline

Professional scuba diving students were surprised to be joined by a beluga whale during a dive in Summerside Harbour last week! This species is rarely observed near Prince Edward Island. The news repo...

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News from Afield

  • 2018 / 12 / 13 Humpback whales have bushy blows, just like these two photographed in the St. Lawrence last week in the crisp, cold winter air. © Francis Paquet

    Balloon-shaped Spouts

    By Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    December 8: Gaspé Bay is glowing in the sun. A balloon-shaped spout erupts from the water surface, followed by a second one. Two black backs swim side by side. A black and white tail appears, then an...

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  • 2018 / 12 / 06

    Whales and Seals Amid the Ice Floes

    By Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    “They’re breaching!” exclaims an innkeeper from Forillon, in the Gaspé Peninsula. It’s December 3 and the week is off to a good start for him: through his window, he observes ...

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News from Near and Afar

  • 2018 / 12 / 13 La population mondiale de rorquals communs serait en train de se rétablir, selon l’Union internationale pour la conservation de la nature (UICN). Toutefois, la population visitant le Saint-Laurent n’est peut-être pas tirée d’affaire//The global fin whale population is believed to be recovering, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). However, the population visiting the St. Lawrence may not be out of the woods just yet. © GREMM

    New status for fin whales: on the road to recovery?

    By Aurélie Lagueux-Beloin / Issues

    Fin whales may not be the largest of the whales, but they are certainly one of the fastest! This advantage long allowed them to escape the whaler’s harpoon, at least until the 20th century when whal...

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  • 2018 / 12 / 11 Kleenex (#1142) is an adult female right whale that has been entangled for the last three years. Her condition is deteriorating, as all disentanglement efforts so far have proven unsuccessful due to lack of trailing gear. © Center for Coastal Studies, NOAA permit #18786

    The Right Whale Tale: A Year-in-Review (2018)

    By Jasspreet Sahib / Issues

    Once believed to be the “right” whales to hunt, the endangered North Atlantic right whale (Eubalaena glacialis) population has been plummeting for at least the last eight years. The latest estimat...

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Whale Q&A

  • 2018 / 11 / 26 On peut voir des lignes de pêche enroulées autour de la nageoire pectorale gauche de cette carcasse de baleine noire de l’Atlantique Nord. L’empêtrement dans les engins de pêche est l’une des principales causes de mortalité chez cette espèce//A dead North Atlantic right whale with visible fishing lines around its left pectoral fin. Fishing gear entanglement is a leading cause of death among cetaceans. © NOAA

    Why do cetaceans die?

    By Jasspreet Sahib / Questions from the public

    Just like us, cetaceans (whales, porpoises, and dolphins) have a range of reasons that can lead to mortality. Because of this, when a dead whale washes ashore, finding the cause of death can often be ...

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  • 2018 / 10 / 24

    Are there krill in the wintertime?

    By Jasspreet Sahib / Questions from the public

    Yes, there are krill in the St. Lawrence in the wintertime. According to a recent study by Dr. Yvan Simard and Nathalie Roy from Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the abundance of krill, in fact, was the h...

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