February 2019

  • Jeune phoque du Groenland allaité © Elston Hill 2019 / 02 / 21

    Marine mammals on the ice and humpbacks in the Caribbean

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    Off the Gaspé Peninsula town of Newport, 50 or so seals bask on the ice. To observe them, it’s best to have binoculars, as they are 4 or 5 km away. “I’d say they’re probably harp seals,...

  • 2019 / 02 / 21

    Humpback Entangled in 2017 Spotted Alive!

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Marine Mammal Emergencies

    The resilience of whales never ceases to amaze us! By analyzing photos taken in the summer of 2018, the Mingan Island Cetacean Study (MICS) team succeeded in identifying whale H710, a.k.a. Snowball. T...

  • 2019 / 02 / 21

    A Seventh Calf, But Not a Baby Boom

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Issues

    Since the beginning of the right whale calving season, 7 newborns have been observed. Although the announcement of a seventh birth is encouraging, it is unfortunately still premature to talk about a b...

  • 2019 / 02 / 18

    Correlation Confirmed Between Military Sonar and Beaked Whale Mass Strandings

    Par Jeanne Picher-Labrie / Discoveries

    Noise pollution is a growing threat for whales, notably for the beluga population of the St. Lawrence, which is affected by the frequent passing of commercial vessels. Elsewhere in the world, such as ...

  • 2019 / 02 / 15

    Godbout is where the action is!

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    A tiny village of just over 300 inhabitants, Godbout is located in the Côte-Nord (North Shore) region between Baie-Comeau and Baie-Trinité. This municipality is best known for its ferry that connect...

  • 2019 / 02 / 08

    Climate bill to give whales a little boost?

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Actions / Beluga

    A few days before Christmas, the Pact for Transition offered a “climate anti-deficit” bill to Quebec Premier François Legault. This bill aims to force present and future governments to respect Qu...

  • 2019 / 02 / 08

    February Blues

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    It was a perfect day for whale-watching. Light winds, calm sea, light conditions that were neither blinding nor too dim. Off the coast of Gallix, a spout rises high and straight, followed by a long, d...

  • 2019 / 02 / 08

    Right Whales: Similar Measures for 2019

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Actions / En péril-en

    The North Atlantic right whale protection measures for 2019 have been announced, and will include measures better suited to the fishing industry, as well as constant monitoring efforts similar to last...

  • Un béluga est à la surface et sa bouche est ouverte. 2019 / 02 / 06

    Do whales have baby teeth?

    Par Jeanne Picher-Labrie / Questions from the public

    Humans have two generations of teeth: deciduous teeth (from the Latin “to fall”) – also called “baby teeth” – and permanent teeth. Known as diphyodontia, this phenomenon is...

  • Trois bélugas de différentes couleur à la surface : un blanc et deux gris de teinte différente. 2019 / 02 / 06

    How do they determine the age of whales?

    Par Jeanne Picher-Labrie / Questions from the public

    Estimating the age of marine mammals is more complex than one might think. Few reliable techniques exist to determine the age of whales, at least in the case of living specimens. Yet it is an essentia...