Studying Fin Whale Distribution to Understand Their Decline
The team at the Mingan Island Cetacean Study (MICS) has been observing fewer and fewer fin whales in the northern parts of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Is this decline caused by emigration due to a short...Learn more
News from Afield
2019 / 08 / 23
Thirteen Humpback Whales and Their Little Ones
We often talk about endangered species, but we rarely emphasize how well other species are doing. And humpback whale populations around the world are thriving. From “Threatened” in 1982 to “Not ...Learn more
2019 / 08 / 16
Out of the Ordinary
August 7: At the lookout in Baie Sainte-Marguerite in the Saguenay Fjord National Park, a naturalist scans the bay for belugas. She hasn’t seen a single one in four days. The presence of these whit...Learn more
News from Near and Afar
2019 / 08 / 16
Right Whales: What is happening in 2019
The North Atlantic right whale is endangered, with an estimated population of only about 400 individuals. The main threats faced by this species are entanglements in fishing gear (ropes) and collision...Learn more
2019 / 08 / 09
Military Sonar: A Threat to Blue Whales’ Recovery?
A new study published in Experimental Biology showed that military sonar can affect the behaviour of the blue whales studied off the coast of California. When exposed to the sound of military mid-freq...Learn more
2019 / 07 / 29
Do Planes and Helicopters Disturb Whales?
Whales are particularly sensitive to noise, whether human-made or natural. Noise can interfere with their communication and affect their behaviour. So, can planes and helicopters flying over their hab...Learn more
2019 / 07 / 22
How does echolocation work?
In water, light is scarce, but sounds travels quickly. In such an environment, toothed whales such as belugas, sperm whales and dolphins cannot rely on their vision alone to orient themselves and loca...Learn more