• 2018 / 11 / 22

    Three Big Blues

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    “Three big blues!” exclaims an observer. He observes the three majestic animals Sunday morning 3 or 4 nautical miles south of the North Shore municipality of Islet-aux-Caribous. The animal...

  • Zipper porte une énorme cicatrice en forme de fermeture éclair, héritage d’une collision avec une hélice de navire. © Renaud Pintiaux 2018 / 11 / 22

    The Last One From Sea… by Renaud Pintiaux

    Par Renaud Pintiaux / Field notes

    It is the end of the 2018 season on the water but there is still life at sea. It is always sad to see the end of the season, especially since many marine mammals are still present off Tadoussac. The s...

  • Il reste moins de 30 vaquitas dans le monde//Fewer than 30 critically endangered vaquitas remain in the world now. © Paula Olson, NOAA 2018 / 11 / 19

    It’s Now or Never for the Vaquitas

    Par Jasspreet Sahib / Issues

    Latest sightings of calves bring a new hope for the cetacean that is face-to-face with extinction: the vaquita (Phocoena sinus). With less than 30 remaining individuals, collaborative conservation eff...

  • Un parasite qui infeste les chats se trouve aussi chez les bélugas du Saint-Laurent/A parasite that infests cats is also found in the St. Lawrence belugas. © GREMM 2018 / 11 / 19

    Does cat poop pose a problem for belugas?

    Par Aurélie Lagueux-Beloin / Discoveries

    On cat litter bags is a warning for pregnant women concerning a parasite found in cat feces. What is even more surprising is that this same parasite can also attack belugas. Close to half of all St. L...

  • Conger (BCY0728) est l’un des deux premiers rorquals à bosse que la Marine Education and Research Society a observé en train de s’alimenter par technique de piégeage, aussi appelée «trap-feeding» en 2011//Conger (BCY0728) was one of the first two humpback whales that the Marine Education and Research Society observed trap-feeding in 2011. © Marine Education and Research Society 2018 / 11 / 19

    Trap-Feeding: a New Creative Feeding Method

    Par Jasspreet Sahib / Discoveries

    Innovation often derives from need. So has been the case for humpback whales off northeastern Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Humpbacks are generalist-feeders with multiple feeding strategies and ...

  • Dany Zbinden receives a group on board to introduce them to research work. © Mériscope 2018 / 11 / 07

    Mériscope: Overview of Minke Whales

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / This week in the Marine Park

    A 23-foot orange Zodiac called Narval is used to approach minke whales. On board you will find the Mériscope crew, equipped with binoculars, cameras and a crossbow. Founded in 2001, this independent ...

  • 2018 / 11 / 01

    A sperm whale, again!

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    We all have our favourite species, including our favourite whales. For our collaborator Renaud Pintiaux, “The sperm whale is a species that fascinates me most in the world.” On October 29,...

  • 2018 / 11 / 01

    Southern Resident Killer Whales: New Measures Announced

    Par Jasspreet Sahib / Actions

    The Government of Canada announced further actions to help protect the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales (SRKWs) on October 31, 2018. Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the...

  • 2018 / 10 / 30

    A Sperm Whale in Front of the Dunes of Tadoussac…By Renaud Pintiaux

    Par Renaud Pintiaux / Field notes

    Gloomy weather, but the river is calm on this October 29th as I embark on the Grand Fleuve for a whale-watching excursion. Shortly after we leave, we start seeing a few minke whales around the mouth...

  • Humpback whales are still being observed these days. © René Roy (archives) 2018 / 10 / 25

    Fewer Eyes on the Water, but Whales Remain

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    “Can killer whales be seen in Gaspé Bay?” asks a kayaker out at sea with a group near Grande-Grave, off the Gaspé Peninsula. Maybe! Killer whales are occasional visitors to the Gulf, and...