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2019 / 08 / 17

Studying Fin Whale Distribution to Understand Their Decline

By Jeanne Picher-Labrie / Discoveries / Headline

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...

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News from Afield

  • 2019 / 08 / 23

    Thirteen Humpback Whales and Their Little Ones

    By Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    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 ...

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  • 2019 / 08 / 16

    Out of the Ordinary

    By Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    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...

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News from Near and Afar

  • 2019 / 08 / 16

    Right Whales: What is happening in 2019

    By Marie-Ève Muller / En péril-en / Issues

    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...

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  • 2019 / 08 / 09 Blue whale surfacing

    Military Sonar: A Threat to Blue Whales’ Recovery?

    By Noémie Roy / Article - en / Discoveries

    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...

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Whale Q&A

  • 2019 / 07 / 29

    Do Planes and Helicopters Disturb Whales?

    By Jeanne Picher-Labrie / Questions from the public

    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...

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  • 2019 / 07 / 22

    How does echolocation work?

    By Jeanne Picher-Labrie / Questions from the public

    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...

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