July 2017

  • © GREMM 2017 / 07 / 31

    Are sonars used to locate whales?

    Par Maureen Jouglain / Questions from the public

    From the inflatable boat to the large ferry, every whale-watching boat is equipped with a radar and a sonar. While radar is used to probe fog and detect objects on the surface, sonar is employed to ex...

  • © GREMM 2017 / 07 / 31

    WITH THE BELUGAS: WEEKS OF JULY 10 and 17, 2017

    Par Équipe du Bleuvet / Beluga / Field notes

    Our team began to see the first calves of the year several weeks ago already, but in the past two weeks, we have been encountering them in almost every herd, and even up to five in a single herd! When...

  • 2017 / 07 / 28

    Whales in the nets

    Par Béatrice Riché / Issues

    As evidenced by the news in the past few weeks, when whales get entangled in fishing gear, there can be serious consequences for the whales themselves, as well as for those who attempt to free them. T...

  • Épaulard du Pacifique © Miles Ritter (Creative Commons) 2017 / 07 / 28

    Intriguing Observations

    Par Marie-Sophie Giroux / Observation of the week

    "Is it possible to see a killer whale in Saint-Siméon in the Charlevoix region?", asks a camper who notices a cetacean "with a white spot at the base of its long dorsal fin" on July 24. Killer whales...

  • Le Bleuvet à bord duquel l'équipe suit la trace des bélugas © Flip Nicklin 2017 / 07 / 27

    Good navigation practices for Beluga conservation

    Par Maureen Jouglain / Beluga / On the calendar

    In this beluga calving season, Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s “Show you care, keep your distance!” awareness campaign reminds us of the navigation practices to follow in the presence ...

  • 2017 / 07 / 27

    Investigation in the Marine Park!

    Par Mathieu Marzelière / Field notes

    It all begins on the morning of July 10, 2017, a rather ordinary day. The weather is fairly mild, visibility is at its max, and the St. Lawrence looks like a sheet of glass. In short, we had the perfe...

  • 2017 / 07 / 26

    A great show in Gaspesie… by René Roy

    Par René Roy / Field notes

    When you take a whale-watching trip, you need to be lucky to observe a breaching session. To watch two such shows from two different humpbacks in a single afternoon is nothing less than a privilege. O...

  • 2017 / 07 / 24

    Less and Less Oxygen in the St. Lawrence

    Par Béatrice Riché / Discoveries

    During their recent mission aboard the Coriolis II, researchers observed the lowest concentrations of dissolved oxygen ever recorded in the deep waters of the St. Lawrence River. Why is there less oxy...

  • 2017 / 07 / 24

    Searching for Whales to Research

    Par Marie-Sophie Giroux / Observation of the week

    Photo-identifying the minke whales of the Estuary is one of the objectives of the team at Mériscope, which is based in Portneuf-sur-Mer. What makes for an ideal photo to recognize these whales? A cle...

  • 2017 / 07 / 19

    In Pursuit of the Fin Whale

    Par Sophie Bédard / Field notes

    Last July 13, 2017, I spent my day on the water in search of large rorquals to photograph. The weather was conducive to observing marine mammals: calm water, no fog and a bright sun. And yet, there wa...