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News Summary
2019 / 08 / 17

Studying Fin Whale Distribution to Understand Their Decline

By Jeanne Picher-Labrie / Discoveries / Headline

The team at the Mingan Island Cetacean Study (MICS) has been observing fewer and fewer fin whales in the northern parts of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Is this decline caused by emigration due to a short...

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News from Afield

  • 2019 / 08 / 16

    Out of the Ordinary

    By Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    August 7: At the lookout in Baie Sainte-Marguerite in the Saguenay Fjord National Park, a naturalist scans the bay for belugas. She hasn’t seen a single one in four days. The presence of these whit...

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  • 2019 / 08 / 09

    Cetacean Acrobats

    By Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    The pointed head and long, slender body rise to the sky like a rocket before the animal lands heavily on its side. “In twenty years, I have never seen that!”, exclaims a whale-watching cruise capt...

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News from Near and Afar

  • 2019 / 08 / 09 Blue whale surfacing

    Military Sonar: A Threat to Blue Whales’ Recovery?

    By Noémie Roy / Article - en / Discoveries

    A new study published in Experimental Biology showed that military sonar can affect the behaviour of the blue whales studied off the coast of California. When exposed to the sound of military mid-freq...

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    Right Whales: Lifting of Speed Restrictions and Stranding of Fourth Carcass

    By Marie-Ève Muller / Issues

    Aerial surveillance over the past few weeks has not identified any North Atlantic right whales in dynamic speed limit corridors. Late in the day on August 2, the Transport Canada therefore announced t...

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Whale Q&A

  • 2019 / 07 / 29

    Do Planes and Helicopters Disturb Whales?

    By Jeanne Picher-Labrie / Questions from the public

    Whales are particularly sensitive to noise, whether human-made or natural. Noise can interfere with their communication and affect their behaviour. So, can planes and helicopters flying over their hab...

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  • 2019 / 07 / 22

    How does echolocation work?

    By Jeanne Picher-Labrie / Questions from the public

    In water, light is scarce, but sounds travels quickly. In such an environment, toothed whales such as belugas, sperm whales and dolphins cannot rely on their vision alone to orient themselves and loca...

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