August 2018

  • 2018 / 08 / 30

    Gannets Galore!

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    With her tuque snug over her ears, one observer marvels at three gannets as they dive in unison off the rocks of the Cap de Bon-Désir observation site in Les Bergeronnes on August 26. That same day, ...

  • 2018 / 08 / 28

    Menopause in Belugas and Narwhals

    Par Aurélie Lagueux-Beloin / Beluga / Discoveries

    Menopause is a rather rare phenomenon. And yet a study published in Scientific Reports reveals that the females of two species of cetaceans – the beluga and the narwhal – join the ranks of the sel...

  • 2018 / 08 / 28

    Whaling: Poised to fizzle out?

    Par Béatrice Riché / Issues

    In early July, images of whaling sparked a controversy. Sea Shepherd is concerned that Icelandic whalers have slaughtered a blue whale, which is endangered and protected by an international moratorium...

  • 2018 / 08 / 24

    Sperm Whale in Sight!

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    “It’s been a dream season,” says a captain/naturalist as he shares a video of a sperm whale he shot off Les Escouminson August 19 with GREMM researchers. A visit to the Saguenay-St....

  • 2018 / 08 / 22

    Whaling: Hunting in the 21st Century

    Par Béatrice Riché / Issues

    In early July, images of whaling sparked a controversy. Sea Shepherd is concerned that Icelandic whalers have slaughtered a blue whale, which is endangered and protected by an international moratorium...

  • 2018 / 08 / 21

    What Good is Whale Poo?

    Par Célia Baratier / Questions from the public

    In summer, whales find themselves in the St. Lawrence to stock up on food. Krill and fish are on the cetaceans’ menu. Of course, once it’s all digested, they evacuate what they no longer need! Wha...

  • 2018 / 08 / 21

    With the Belugas… Including One without a Tail!

    Par Équipe BpJam / Beluga / Field notes

    Monday, August 13, 2018: At the crack of dawn, the BpJAMM crew heads out toward the mid-channel buoy in perfect weather conditions. While whale-watching cruisers are thrilled about the diversity of la...

  • 2018 / 08 / 21

    Hydrodynamics of Humpbacks as a Health Indicator

    Par Béatrice Riché / Discoveries

    The way whales slip through the water can tell us if they are in good physical shape, reveals a study published in PLOS ONE. Many baleen whales undertake annual cycles of fasting and feeding, which ha...

  • 2018 / 08 / 21

    Great Week for Observations

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / News from Afield / Observation of the week

    “In 51 years of watching whales, I’ve never seen that!” At the end of the line, the voice of our observer trembles with excitement. Off Pointe-des-Monts, on August 12 and 14, he witnessed feedin...

  • 2018 / 08 / 13

    A head, a Tail, a Body Out of the Water!

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    July 31: A pointed snout pierces the surface and rises like a skyscraper out of the waters off Les Bergeronnes. The fin whale observes the whale-watching boat parked a few hundred metres away. Scienti...