2017 / 12 / 21
Noteworthy Stories Awaiting Next Year’s Narratives
The year 2017 is winding down. What were the major headlines from this year’s News from Afield? We remember the acrobatics of minke whales at the mouth of the Saguenay, as well as the comings an...
2017 / 12 / 19
Do Dolphins get Alzheimer’s?
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...
2017 / 12 / 14
Rediscover a summer holiday spot in a frozen but still inhabited setting
After long hours spent this past summer scanning the open sea for whales and pointing them out to visitors, an employee of the Marine Mammal Interpretation Centre (CIMM) sets foot in Tadoussac for the...
2017 / 12 / 08
Gifts that keep on giving!
The holiday season is fast approaching! With it comes the conundrum of brainstorming for gift ideas. That said, Whales Online would like to offer a few suggestions related to the theme of marine mamma...
2017 / 12 / 06
Tips and Tricks for Recognizing Species
“On December 3, I spotted two whales off Sainte-Thérèse-de-Gaspé,” writes in one observer, delighted to be seeing whales in December. What species could it be? Not such a simple questio...
2017 / 12 / 06
Drilling near the St. Lawrence: a threat to marine mammals?
Between now and Christmas, the Government of Quebec is hoping to put into place a regulatory framework for hydrocarbon exploitation in Quebec. Draft regulations for the implementation of the Petroleum...
2017 / 12 / 04
Patience, they’re still around
The week goes by and with each passing day we receive more sightings from our network of collaborators throughout Quebec. Just like watching marine mammals, reporting for News from Afield requires pat...
2017 / 11 / 30
What kind of seal is that?
One observer reported a seal carcass found in Cacouna to the Marine Mammals Emergencies call centre. What species is it? Here is a brief guide to identify the most common species of pinnipeds found in...
2017 / 11 / 27
Studying Reproduction Like Two Matching Pieces of a Puzzle
Do female dolphins have any control over which male they reproduce with? The question seems straightforward, but the method of proving it is not. Because observing what goes on inside the body when tw...