September 2018

  • 2018 / 09 / 27

    What do we know about harbour porpoises?

    Par Célia Baratier / Questions from the public

    Harbour porpoises are the subject of very few studies in the St. Lawrence and are therefore much less known than some other whales. So, let’s give them the credit they deserve with what makes th...

  • 2018 / 09 / 27

    A Forest of Spouts

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    On September 23, no sooner does the cruise begin when the captain yells out “Breach!” Off Les Bergeronnes, the 15-metre long body of a humpback crashes with a loud splash on the water surf...

  • 2018 / 09 / 25

    Do hybrids exist in cetaceans?

    Par Célia Baratier / Beluga / Questions from the public

    This year once again, the research team aboard the BpJAM saw the narwhal! He seems to have made his home in the St. Lawrence for the past three years. As the beluga’s closest kin, the narwhal is...

  • 2018 / 09 / 21

    Rare Sowerby’s Beaked Whale Found in Rivière-au-Tonnerre

    Par Anthony François / Marine Mammal Emergencies

    A beaked whale was discovered stranded in Rivière-au-Tonnerre on September 17. Initial photos of the carcass immediately intrigued the Quebec Marine Mammal Emergency Response Network. Traits that sug...

  • 2018 / 09 / 21

    Full Breach!

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    Thirty-three! Thirty-three times, a minke whales breached before a dumbstruck observer standing on the pink granite of Pointe Rouge overlooking Tadoussac Bay. On September 14, this minke whale also da...

  • 2018 / 09 / 21

    Glasses to See the World like a Whale

    Par Béatrice Riché / Actions

    How would you like to “see” the world the same way a dolphin, a beluga or a sperm whale does? Marine ecologist and geneticist Andrew Thaler has recently invented a pair of glasses and head...

  • 2018 / 09 / 18


    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    With a hesitation in her step, she walks down the ramp to the boat launch in the Tadoussac marina, where a Zodiac is waiting for her. “It’s steep, be careful,” the captain warns her. Holdin...

  • 2018 / 09 / 18

    With the Belugas… Hot to Trot!

    Par Équipe BpJam / Beluga / Field notes

    Monday, August 27, 2018. Aboard the BpJAM, we set out of the Tadoussac port in search of belugas to continue our routine photo-ID monitoring. Despite the presence of fog on the St. Lawrence, weather c...

  • 2018 / 09 / 17

    Opening of the Northwest Passage: Marine Mammals at Risk

    Par Aurélie Lagueux-Beloin / Beluga / Issues

    With Arctic shipping routes increasingly used by merchant shipping, an ice-free Arctic Ocean could put the resistance and adaptability of marine mammals to the test. Ship strikes and increased light a...

  • 2018 / 09 / 11

    Wave of Solidarity for Belugas

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Actions / Beluga-en

    The summer of 2018 has seen a succession of announcements for investments and new projects designed to better understand and protect belugas. Because it is important to take the time to celebrate our ...