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2018 / 07 / 13

100-Metre Buffer Established for Observing Whales in Canada

By Aurélie Lagueux-Beloin / Beluga / Headline

Marine mammal conservationists have reason to celebrate: From now on, it will be forbidden to approach within 100 metres of any marine mammal, anywhere in Canada. Prior to July 11, 2018, there were no...

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News from Afield

  • 2018 / 07 / 13

    Identifying Humpbacks X and Zip

    By Aurélie Lagueux-Beloin / Observation of the week

    July 7: Having made the trek from Newcastle, England to watch whales, an observer sets up post on the rocks in the Pointe-Rouge conservation area, in Tadoussac. At the end of the day, she sorts thro...

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  • 2018 / 07 / 06

    Where There Is Prey, There Are Whales!

    By Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    “Unbelievable! It’s hot even out on the water,” exclaims a GREMM volunteer research assistant participating in the photo-ID program for large rorquals in the St. Lawrence Estuary. On...

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News from Near and Afar

  • 2018 / 07 / 13

    Banc-des-Américains: A New Marine Protected Area

    By Aurélie Lagueux-Beloin / Actions

    The governments of Quebec and Canada have announced the creation of a new jointly-managed marine protected area at the American Bank off the Gaspé Peninsula. Protecting the 1,000 km2 territory is a s...

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  • 2018 / 07 / 13

    Fishing Season Ends with No Reported Incidents Involving Right Whales

    By Marie-Ève Muller / Issues

    Over the next few days, the lobster and snow crab seasons will end in most parts of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, if they haven’t already ended. Measures implemented to prevent right whale incidents...

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Whale Q&A

  • 2018 / 07 / 06

    Since Whales and Ungulates Share a Common Ancestor, Are the Former Able to Ruminate?

    By Aurélie Lagueux-Beloin / Questions from the public

    Whales are carnivores that feed on small shrimp-like crustaceans. Yet their digestive systems do not resemble those of carnivorous mammals. Surprisingly, their stomachs are most similar to those of co...

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  • 2018 / 07 / 03

    Can Whales Be Deaf or Blind?

    By Célia Baratier / Questions from the public

    Sound travels much faster through water than through air. Whales have taken advantage of this phenomenon thanks to their highly developed hearing. This sense is critical for communication, feeding, sp...

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