• 2017 / 12 / 21

    Noteworthy Stories Awaiting Next Year’s Narratives

    Par Marie-Sophie Giroux / Observation of the week

    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

    Whales on the Big Screen

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / On the calendar

    The Whale Online team has compiled a list of its favourite films and TV series for a home theatre session with whale enthusiasts in mind. Classics Free Willy (1993) After vandalizing a theme park, Jes...

  • 2017 / 12 / 19

    Do Dolphins get Alzheimer’s?

    Par 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...

  • 2017 / 12 / 18

    Does social hierarchy exist in belugas?

    Par 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...

  • 2017 / 12 / 14

    Rediscover a summer holiday spot in a frozen but still inhabited setting

    Par Marie-Sophie Giroux / Observation of the week

    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!

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / On the calendar

    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

    Par Marie-Sophie Giroux / Observation of the week

    “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?

    Par Béatrice Riché / Issues

    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

    Par Marie-Sophie Giroux / Observation of the week

    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...

  • Carcasse de phoque gris © Lyne Morissette 2017 / 11 / 30

    What kind of seal is that?

    Par Josiane Cabana / Marine Mammal Emergencies

    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...