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  • 2019 / 02 / 18

    Correlation Confirmed Between Military Sonar and Beaked Whale Mass Strandings

    Par Jeanne Picher-Labrie / Headline

    Noise pollution is a growing threat for whales, notably for the beluga population of the St. Lawrence, which is affected by the frequent passing of commercial vessels. Elsewhere in the world, such as ...

  • 2019 / 02 / 15

    Godbout is where the action is!

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    A tiny village of just over 300 inhabitants, Godbout is located in the Côte-Nord (North Shore) region between Baie-Comeau and Baie-Trinité. This municipality is best known for its ferry that connect...

  • 2019 / 02 / 08

    Climate bill to give whales a little boost?

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Actions / Beluga

    A few days before Christmas, the Pact for Transition offered a “climate anti-deficit” bill to Quebec Premier François Legault. This bill aims to force present and future governments to respect Qu...

  • 2019 / 02 / 08

    February Blues

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    It was a perfect day for whale-watching. Light winds, calm sea, light conditions that were neither blinding nor too dim. Off the coast of Gallix, a spout rises high and straight, followed by a long, d...

  • 2019 / 02 / 08

    Right Whales: Similar Measures for 2019

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Actions / En péril-en

    The North Atlantic right whale protection measures for 2019 have been announced, and will include measures better suited to the fishing industry, as well as constant monitoring efforts similar to last...

  • Un béluga est à la surface et sa bouche est ouverte. 2019 / 02 / 06

    Do whales have baby teeth?

    Par Jeanne Picher-Labrie / Questions from the public

    Humans have two generations of teeth: deciduous teeth (from the Latin “to fall”) – also called “baby teeth” – and permanent teeth. Known as diphyodontia, this phenomenon is...

  • Trois bélugas de différentes couleur à la surface : un blanc et deux gris de teinte différente. 2019 / 02 / 06

    How do they determine the age of whales?

    Par Jeanne Picher-Labrie / Questions from the public

    Estimating the age of marine mammals is more complex than one might think. Few reliable techniques exist to determine the age of whales, at least in the case of living specimens. Yet it is an essentia...

  • Phoques du Groenland sur la glace 2019 / 02 / 01

    Pinnipeds Galore!

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    A herd of harp seals is enjoying a break in the ice cover off the docks in Les Escoumins. The group numbers 50 to 60 individuals. This gregarious species visits the waters of the St. Lawrence in winte...

  • 2019 / 01 / 24

    Like a Tornado of Snow

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    The list of observations this week reads more like a weather report: sea smoke, ice floes, gusts, snow squalls, howling winds. The only sighting comes from Baie-Comeau, where a blue whale was observed...

  • Baleine noire © André Desrochers 2019 / 01 / 23

    Which whale species has the largest testicles?

    Par Jeanne Picher-Labrie / Questions from the public

    North Atlantic right whales have the largest testicles in the animal kingdom. They can exceed 900 kg, which corresponds to about 2% of the animal’s total weight. Harbour porpoises have nothing to be...