September 2019

  • 2019 / 09 / 27

    Minke Whales and Their Flair

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    Perhaps because they prefer coastal habitats, minke whales are one of the most frequently observed cetacean species in the St. Lawrence. Almost every day, a minke whale has been feeding near the Marin...

  • 2019 / 09 / 19


    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    A three-way ballet… a race in which body touches body. All around the massive but elegant blue whales, water splashes, spurts, and sprays. On September 13, Richard Sears of the Mingan Island Cet...

  • 2019 / 09 / 18

    Right Whale Carcass Found in US Identified as Snake Eyes

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Headline

    The North Atlantic right whale carcass found off Long Island, New York on September 16 was identified by the New England Aquarium team as Snake Eyes. This male was over 40 years old. He was found seve...

  • 2019 / 09 / 13

    With the Belugas… And Their Amusing Behaviours

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Beluga / Field notes

    September 6: While part of the team is returning from Alaska to lend a hand to researchers studying the beluga population of Cook Inlet, another is taking off on board our small inflatable research cr...

  • 2019 / 09 / 13

    Whales in the Storm

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    The sighting map appears a little sparse this week. Have all the whales left? Not necessarily. Weather conditions prevented many boats from setting sail, including those of the Mingan Island Cetacean ...

  • Valeria Vergara has been able to identify 28 different call types of belugas, with a particularly distinct broadband rapid pulse train type called a contact call. Mothers and calves predominantly use these calls and so do others in need of group cohesion. © GREMM 2019 / 09 / 12

    “Losing the Saguenay acoustic refuge means risking irreparable impacts to belugas”

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Beluga / En péril-en / Topic of the hour

    The Group for Research and Education on Marine Mammals (GREMM) is publishing a video to answer the many questions that are being asked about industrial port projects being developed along the Saguenay...

  • 2019 / 09 / 11

    Humpback Entangled off Forillon Park

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Marine Mammal Emergencies

    Late in the day on August 25, 2019, the Quebec Marine Mammal Emergency Response Network receives a report for a humpback whale entangled off the cliffs of Forillon National Park in the Gaspé Peninsul...

  • © GREMM 2019 / 09 / 11

    Are whale protection and research work compatible?

    Par Camille Proust / Beluga / Headline

    Better understanding cetaceans to better protect them is the goal of many researchers working on these giants of the seas. However, some methods such as biopsies or tagging are intrusive and can distu...

  • Femelle grand dauphin accompagnée de sa fille biologique et d'un jeune péponocéphale. 2019 / 09 / 11

    Extremely rare adoption by a dolphin

    Par Jeanne Picher-Labrie / Discoveries

    In 2014, in French Polynesia, a female bottlenose dolphin nicknamed “Thaïs” is observed with her first calf. Two months later, a newborn male melon-headed whale, also known as a melon-headed dolp...

  • 2019 / 09 / 09

    With Large Rorquals… and Their Gaping Mouths

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Field notes

    By Maude-Émilie Bourque August 28, 2019: it’s my last day as a volunteer research assistant for the GREMM this season. For three months now, I have been watching and photographing the large rorqual...