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2018 / 01 / 29

Stopping the Flow of Plastics into the Ocean

By Béatrice Riché / Headline / Issues

Last week, the European Commission unveiled its strategy for reducing the amount of plastic waste landfilled and discharged into the sea. Its goal is for all packaging to be reusable or recyclable by ...

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News from Afield

  • 2018 / 01 / 19 Phoques du Groenland sur la glace

    Amphibious Mammals along the North Shore

    By Marie-Sophie Giroux / Observation of the week

    The lives of seals are split between the sea and the land. Excellent swimmers, they hunt their prey under water with ease. They are built to purpose: streamlined body, webbed feet, absence of external...

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  • 2018 / 01 / 11

    White Spouts in a White Landscape

    By Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    On the afternoon of January 8, an observer is driving down the “Whale Route” toward Sept-Îles. Upon her arrival at Godbout, at the confluence of the river of the same name, she parks her ...

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News from Near and Afar

  • 2018 / 01 / 11

    What NASA Data Can Tell Us About Mass Strandings

    By Béatrice Riché / Discoveries

    Solar storms are not the primary cause of mass cetacean strandings in Cape Cod Bay, claims a new study conducted by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Bureau of Ocean Energ...

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  • 2017 / 12 / 19

    Do Dolphins get Alzheimer’s?

    By Béatrice Riché / Discoveries

    For the first time, a study has shown clear signs of Alzheimer’s disease in a wild animal: the dolphin. Both dolphins and humans have a long post-productive lifespan, and Alzheimer’s disea...

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Whale Q&A

  • 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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  • 2017 / 12 / 18

    Does social hierarchy exist in belugas?

    By Stéphanie Tremblay / Beluga / Questions from the public

    Most of the time, belugas are observed in groups of multiple individuals; rarely are they seen alone. Since they live in groups, a certain social organization reigns. Does this mean that there is a hi...

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