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2018 / 04 / 17

Earth Day 2018: We all take a bit of the blame

By Marie-Ève Muller / Headline

Earth Day will be celebrated around the world on April 22. In Quebec, the tone is more severe than in previous years: “We all take a bit of the blame”. Gone are the days when you could poi...

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News from Afield

  • 2018 / 04 / 20

    Seals by the hundreds, seabird numbers on the rise and belugas between island and mountains

    By Marie-Sophie Giroux / Observation of the week

    Our collaborator from Pointe-des-Monts confirms: “no whales in sight, but there were “sea wolves” by the ton!” speaking of his observations from last weekend (April 14-15). His...

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  • 2018 / 04 / 13

    Silhouettes of All Colours

    By Marie-Sophie Giroux / Observation of the week

    April 11: Young grays and white adults are scattered around the mouth of the Saguenay Fjord. “At last,” sighs one employee of the Group for Research and Education on Marine Mammals (GREMM)...

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News from Near and Afar

  • 2018 / 04 / 03 Baleines noires de l'Atlantique Nord © Jean Lemire (archive)

    Federal Government Announces New Protective Measures for Right Whales

    By François Vachon / Issues

    The year 2017 was a particularly grim year for right whales. A total of 17 carcasses were discovered in the North Atlantic. Of these, 12 were found in the Gulf of St. Lawrence – some animals had suc...

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  • 2018 / 03 / 11

    An Elusive Species Faces Extinction

    By Béatrice Riché / Discoveries

    Researchers are sounding the alarm to prevent the imminent disappearance of the Gulf of Mexico Bryde’s whale. “This mammal is at risk of being the first baleen whale to go extinct since th...

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Whale Q&A

  • 2018 / 03 / 30 Un jeune rorqual s'est échoué vivant à L'Étang-du-Nord aux Iles-de-la-Madeleine. © S. Richard, Pêches et Océans Canada

    How can a live stranded whale die of asphyxiation?

    By François Vachon / Questions from the public

    Ocean water exerts pressure that allows cetaceans to support their mass. Animals such as fin whales and humpback whales can weigh 40-50 tonnes and 25-35 tonnes, respectively. The blue whale – which ...

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  • 2018 / 01 / 18 Béluga

    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 ...

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