March 2018

  • Un jeune rorqual s'est échoué vivant à L'Étang-du-Nord aux Iles-de-la-Madeleine. © S. Richard, Pêches et Océans Canada 2018 / 03 / 30

    How can a live stranded whale die of asphyxiation?

    Par François Vachon / Questions from the public

    Ocean water exerts pressure that allows cetaceans to support their mass. Animals such as fin whales and humpback whales can weigh 40-50 tonnes and 25-35 tonnes, respectively. The blue whale – which ...

  • 2018 / 03 / 30

    First Spring Visitors

    Par Marie-Sophie Giroux / Observation of the week

    Sunny skies and rising temperatures are bringing joy and marking the return of the whales! On March 23, in the Sept-Îles area, Jacques Gélineau, a collaborator from INREST, spotted three large spout...

  • Le jeune femelle s'est échouée à l'Étang-du-Nord dimanche le 25 mars et n'a pas survécu à son échouage. © Joël Landry 2018 / 03 / 29

    Humpback Stranded in Magdalen Islands: Questions & Answers

    Par Josiane Cabana / Marine Mammal Emergencies

      On Sunday, March 25, the Quebec Marine Mammal Emergency Response Network received a call concerning a beached humpback whale in the surf at Étang-du-Nord in the Magdalen Islands. The whale di...

  • 2018 / 03 / 26

    A New Fur Coat Every Year

    Par Marie-Sophie Giroux / Observation of the week

    This week’s observations revolve around seals! In Franquelin and Tadoussac, just one harp seal and one gray seal are seen, respectively, while in Gaspé, hundreds of gray seals are discovered ne...

  • Phoques du Groenland sur la glace 2018 / 03 / 12

    Are seals “chatterboxes”?

    Par Marie-Sophie Giroux / Observation of the week

    Before tackling this question, here are a few tidbits regarding our St. Lawrence whales. Between 30 and 50 belugas were seen swimming off Les Bergeronnes on February 27: mainly white individuals accom...

  • 2018 / 03 / 11

    An Elusive Species Faces Extinction

    Par Béatrice Riché / Discoveries

    Researchers are sounding the alarm to prevent the imminent disappearance of the Gulf of Mexico Bryde’s whale. “This mammal is at risk of being the first baleen whale to go extinct since th...