2019 / 07 / 09
Female Beluga DL0584 Dies while Giving Birth
An eighth beluga carcass washed up on the banks of the St. Lawrence River on July 4. The individual has been identified as DL0584, a female that had been known to researchers since 1990. The necropsy ...
2019 / 06 / 20
Sanctuary for Retired Belugas: A World First
Two belugas left an aquarium in Shanghai, China, to fly to Iceland. The two whales are now becoming residents of the world’s first sanctuary for retired whales. The goal: to bring them back to a...
2019 / 06 / 19
With the Belugas… And Listening In!
By Mathieu Marzelière At last! GREMM’s 2019 field season is officially underway. This first week was devoted to Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s tagging project in which we are collaborating in the ...
2019 / 06 / 17
Industrial Port Developments on the Saguenay: A Beluga’s Perspective
Three industrial port development projects on the banks of the Saguenay River are in their final stages or have completed the government assessment process. At the same time, the wheels are in motion ...
2019 / 06 / 11
Whale-watching Cruises Banned from Parts of Marine Park
Whale-watching cruises will no longer be able to ply the waters of certain sectors of the Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park. The cruise exemption zone covers 44% of the Marine Park’s territory...
2019 / 05 / 11
Its distinctive traits Candy C can be identified by the deformity in her spinal column, which creates a sort of dip in front of her dorsal crest. Life history The first time she was observed, Candy C ...
2019 / 04 / 27
With the Belugas: The Fascinating Work Behind Beluga Pairing (Part 2!)
In last week’s Field Notes, we presented the preparatory steps for beluga matching. This week, discover how the team adds pages to the life chapters of individually-known belugas. Beluga 2018011...
2019 / 04 / 23
With the Belugas: «It’s a Match!» or The Fascinating Work Behind Beluga Pairing
One of the pillars of the research conducted at the Group for Research and Education on Marine Mammals (GREMM) is photo-identification. For over 30 years, GREMM has been collecting valuable photos to...
2019 / 04 / 18
Grab your binoculars and let’s go!
Tuque, mittens, binoculars, one field guide for birds and another for whales: a couple is gearing up for a road trip to the Gaspé for the long weekend. They are encouraged by the observations that ha...
2019 / 03 / 27
Return of the Belugas
March 24: “They’re back!” says our collaborator Renaud Pintiaux. From a coastal road in Port-au-Saumon, not far from Saint-Siméon, he observes nearly a dozen white backs poking above th...