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18 November 2019

Why do some belugas have turned-up pectoral fins?

This question is from Marie-Hélène D’Arcy, beluga photo-ID technician at the Group for Research and Education on Marine Mammals (GREMM). In an aerial photo taken by a research drone, a beluga with curved-up pectoral fins grabs her attention. She had never noticed this type of deformity before. Back in GREMM’s offices, several researchers gather behind... Learn more

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24 October 2019

Contaminants Blamed for Throwing Genes Out of Whack

More and more studies are suggesting that numerous so-called endocrine disruptors are accumulating in the tissues of whales and posing a threat to their health. Endocrine disruptors are substances that can interfere with the normal functioning of hormone regulation in an individual and thus potentially interfere with associated biological functions. But how exactly do contaminants... Learn more

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24 October 2019

With the Belugas… Their Newborns and the Narwhal

By Mathieu Marzelière, research assistant October 9: an Indian summer day, a calm St. Lawrence, spectacular fall foliage… the BpJAM sets sail for one of its last outings of the year. It’s a thrill to get back on this small inflatable craft after three intense weeks of conducting biopsies coupled with photogrammetry for a research project in... Learn more

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