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News Summary
2019 / 04 / 12

Fossil of Four-legged, Amphibious Whale Discovered in Peru

By Jeanne Picher-Labrie / Discoveries / Headline

The terrestrial ancestors of whales first entered the water some 50 million years ago in the region around India and Pakistan, possibly to protect themselves or to feed. They subsequently spread until...

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News from Afield

  • 2019 / 04 / 18

    Grab your binoculars and let’s go!

    By Marie-Ève Muller / Beluga / Observation of the week

    Tuque, mittens, binoculars, one field guide for birds and another for whales: a couple is gearing up for a road trip to the Gaspé for the long weekend. They are encouraged by the observations that ha...

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  • 2019 / 04 / 04

    “First of the Year”

    By Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    “My first whale for 2019!” exclaims a whale-watching outfitter in the Gaspé Peninsula. His first observation was made through his daughter’s kitchen window on March 31. While taking a break...

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News from Near and Afar

  • 2019 / 04 / 04

    Decline in Fin Whales in Gulf of St. Lawrence

    By Marie-Ève Muller / Discoveries

    Fin whales in the northern Gulf of St. Lawrence are in decline, according to a new study published in the periodical Ecology and Evolution. The population is believed to have contracted from 335 indiv...

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  • 2019 / 03 / 27

    The St. Lawrence Challenge: Companies Pledge to Reduce Plastic Consumption

    By Jeanne Picher-Labrie / Actions

    The St. Lawrence Challenge is a recognition and commitment program aimed at businesses and recreational tourism establishments that wish to reduce their consumption of plastic. By doing so, they are h...

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Whale Q&A

  • 2019 / 04 / 12 Rorqual à bosse

    What is a laryngeal sac?

    By Jeanne Picher-Labrie / Questions from the public

    The laryngeal sac is a structure found in baleen whales, but also in many other mammals, including primates (but not humans!). Lying between the mouth and the trachea, it is a cavity associated with t...

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  • 2019 / 03 / 15

    A diver caught in a whale’s mouth?

    By Jeanne Picher-Labrie / Questions from the public

    While feeding at the surface, a Bryde’s whale accidentally snatched up a diver, who found himself, from the waist up, inside the whale’s mouth! At the time of the events, the diver was working...

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