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  • Humpback whales have bushy blows, just like these two photographed in the St. Lawrence last week in the crisp, cold winter air. © Francis Paquet 2018 / 12 / 13

    Balloon-shaped Spouts

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    December 8: Gaspé Bay is glowing in the sun. A balloon-shaped spout erupts from the water surface, followed by a second one. Two black backs swim side by side. A black and white tail appears, then an...

  • La population mondiale de rorquals communs serait en train de se rétablir, selon l’Union internationale pour la conservation de la nature (UICN). Toutefois, la population visitant le Saint-Laurent n’est peut-être pas tirée d’affaire//The global fin whale population is believed to be recovering, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). However, the population visiting the St. Lawrence may not be out of the woods just yet. © GREMM 2018 / 12 / 13

    New status for fin whales: on the road to recovery?

    Par Aurélie Lagueux-Beloin / Issues

    Fin whales may not be the largest of the whales, but they are certainly one of the fastest! This advantage long allowed them to escape the whaler’s harpoon, at least until the 20th century when whal...

  • 2018 / 12 / 12

    The Nepisiguit River beluga… off Prince Edward Island

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Beluga / Headline

    Professional scuba diving students were surprised to be joined by a beluga whale during a dive in Summerside Harbour last week! This species is rarely observed near Prince Edward Island. The news repo...

  • Kleenex (#1142) is an adult female right whale that has been entangled for the last three years. Her condition is deteriorating, as all disentanglement efforts so far have proven unsuccessful due to lack of trailing gear. © Center for Coastal Studies, NOAA permit #18786 2018 / 12 / 11

    The Right Whale Tale: A Year-in-Review (2018)

    Par Jasspreet Sahib / Issues

    Once believed to be the “right” whales to hunt, the endangered North Atlantic right whale (Eubalaena glacialis) population has been plummeting for at least the last eight years. The latest estimat...

  • 2018 / 12 / 06

    Whales and Seals Amid the Ice Floes

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    “They’re breaching!” exclaims an innkeeper from Forillon, in the Gaspé Peninsula. It’s December 3 and the week is off to a good start for him: through his window, he observes ...

  • Une bénévole documente le cas d'une carcasse de béluga © GREMM 2018 / 12 / 05

    Thank You, Marine Mammal Emergencies Volunteers!

    Par Mélissa Tremblay / Marine Mammal Emergencies

    On the occasion of International Volunteer Day (December 5), we would like to highlight the important contributions made by the 181 volunteers from the Quebec Marine Mammal Emergency Response Network,...

  • 2018 / 12 / 05

    Whales Stressed up to their Ears

    Par Aurélie Lagueux-Beloin / Discoveries

    Unlike humans, who can clean out the wax that covers their external ear canal (not with Q-tips of course!), whales remain stuck with their wax. This earwax accumulates and forms huge plugs resembling ...

  • 2018 / 11 / 30

    When the Waves Calm Down

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    The extreme weather of the past few days has not been very conducive to marine observations. In addition to repeated snowstorms that severely hampered visibility, large waves have pounded the coast. H...

  • Over the weekend, about 145 long-finned pilot whales stranded at the southern end of Stewart Island, New Zealand. Pilot whales have strong social structures and group cohesion. If a member of the pod strands, the rest of the pod might follow, resulting in a mass stranding. © Liz Carson 2018 / 11 / 28

    One Weekend; Two Mass Strandings in New Zealand

    Par Jasspreet Sahib / News from Near and Afar

    About 145 black-bodied whales laid out on a long, sandy beach when two hikers, Liz Carson and Julian Ripoll, stumbled upon them as they were heading back to their campground. There were long-finned pi...

  • On peut voir des lignes de pêche enroulées autour de la nageoire pectorale gauche de cette carcasse de baleine noire de l’Atlantique Nord. L’empêtrement dans les engins de pêche est l’une des principales causes de mortalité chez cette espèce//A dead North Atlantic right whale with visible fishing lines around its left pectoral fin. Fishing gear entanglement is a leading cause of death among cetaceans. © NOAA 2018 / 11 / 26

    Why do cetaceans die?

    Par Jasspreet Sahib / Questions from the public

    Just like us, cetaceans (whales, porpoises, and dolphins) have a range of reasons that can lead to mortality. Because of this, when a dead whale washes ashore, finding the cause of death can often be ...