2019 / 06 / 21
Stranded Grey Whales and Stranded Right Whales: Same Difference?
In early June, the carcass of a female grey whale washes ashore in British Columbia, close to the US border. This is just one of the hundreds of grey whales that have been found up and down the west ...
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 / 06 / 07
The First Right Whale Necropsy of 2019
The North Atlantic right whale identified as Wolverine is currently analyzed on Miscou Island, New Brunswick. The necropsy requires the contribution of nearly twenty people as well as heavy machinery....
2019 / 06 / 06
Right Whale Carcass Found Adrift in Gulf of St. Lawrence
A first North Atlantic right whale carcass has been discovered this year. North Atlantic right whales are considered endangered and their population is estimated to number 411 individuals. The carcass...
2019 / 05 / 27
Right Whales: Fishing Closures and New Technologies for Crabbing Industry
On May 13, the first North Atlantic right whales of the season were observed via aerial survey in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Their return to Canadian waters has meant the implementation of a number of...
2019 / 05 / 16
Species at Risk: Fin Whales on the Rebound, Concerns for Sei Whales and Sowerby’s Beaked Whales
On May 6, the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) convened in St. John’s, Newfoundland, to assess or reassess the status of three species or populations of whales:...
2019 / 03 / 13
Contaminated Belugas: Major Project Launched to Understand Contamination and Its Effects
To protect an endangered species, one needs to understand the factors inhibiting its recovery. In the case of the St. Lawrence beluga, one of the hypotheses is that contamination is affecting the spec...
2019 / 03 / 04
Solitary Dolphins and Belugas: Independent or Lost?
The female dolphin known as “Dolphy” regularly plays with swimmers and boats in the French port of Collioure. It is even said that she completely loses interest in humans as soon as her canine fri...
2019 / 01 / 23
Six Newborn Right Whales: A Glimmer of Hope
Update of 12 February 2019: A fifth and a sixth calf has been confirmed. Since North Atlantic right whales have left the frigid waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence to return to their wintering grounds,...
2019 / 01 / 16
An Ancient Whale with Neither Teeth Nor Baleen
Museum collections are full of fossils that haven’t been carefully examined in years. However, by taking a closer look at a 33-million-year-old whale fossil from the Smithsonian’s National Museum ...