2018 / 05 / 16
Beluga, what are you doing under the water?
The lives of diving animals take place for the most part under water, out of human sight. Can we, by observing the behaviour of a group of belugas at the water surface, guess what is happening below t...
2018 / 04 / 13
Belugas: First Carcass for 2018 and Recap of 2017
On March 26, the first beluga carcass of 2018 was reported to 1-877-7baleine at Coin-du-Banc in the Gaspé Peninsula. The carcass was whole, but in a state of advanced decomposition, as is often the...
2017 / 10 / 26
Fresh Beluga Carcass Found in Saint-Ulric
The Matane unit of Sureté du Québec contacted 1-877-7baleine after a resident stopped by the station to report a live stranded beluga on the shores in Saint-Ulric. At the same time, a cyclist was pa...
2017 / 10 / 23
With the Belugas: Week of October 16, 2017
The 2017 season is over! Autumn is already well upon us in Tadoussac, the sailboats have been taken out of the marina and parked in the dry dock, and soon it will be the Bleuvet‘s turn to retire...
2017 / 10 / 18
From the Sea to the Lab: The Journey of a Beluga Carcass (3/3)
In the past two weeks, we’ve tracked the journeys of beluga carcasses from the open sea to the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (FMV) in Saint-Hyacinthe. This week, for the third and final column...
2017 / 10 / 11
With the Belugas: Week of October 2, 2017
A difficult autumn… For the past two weeks, the weather has not been on our side. A significant number of days of field work were cut short due to the fog and, even when the latter lifted, the w...
2017 / 10 / 06
At what age do female belugas stop having offspring?
Female belugas reach sexual maturity between the ages of 8 and 14 and can live between 60 and 80 years. When do they stop having young? Do they go through menopause? According to Robert Michaud, Scien...
2017 / 10 / 06
With the Belugas: Week of September 25
Hunters on the Prowl! A few weeks ago, we observed a beluga whale spitting on the water surface to hunt herring. This week we witnessed our white whales in the midst of yet another hunting foray. In t...
2017 / 09 / 29
With the Belugas… in Alaska: Week of September 1, 2017
Belugas in the Mud From September 1 to 9, we were back in Anchorage, Alaska, for a second year in a row for the start of the Cook Inlet Beluga Biopsy Program. A number of parallels can be drawn betwee...