News from Near and Afar

A series of easy-to-understand articles so that you won’t miss a thing in the world of whales!

  • 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

    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...

  • 2019 / 01 / 16

    MSc and PHD Scholarship Opportunity for Projects About Belugas

    Par GREMM / On the calendar

    Two Master projects and a PhD project about belugas are recruiting! Master project – UQAR Master project – UQAM PhD project – UQO Master project: Temporal Trend of Emerging Environme...

  • 2018 / 12 / 14

    Whales on the Big Screen

    Par GREMM / On the calendar

    The Whale Online team has compiled a list of its favourite films and TV series for a home theatre session with whale enthusiasts in mind. Classics Free Willy (1993) After vandalizing a theme park, Jes...

  • Valeria Vergara has been able to identify 28 different call types of belugas, with a particularly distinct broadband rapid pulse train type called a contact call. Mothers and calves predominantly use these calls and so do others in need of group cohesion. © GREMM 2018 / 12 / 14

    Putting a Face to a Call: Identifying Belugas Acoustically

    Par Jasspreet Sahib / Discoveries

    A herd of belugas breaks through the surface of the water as their squawks, chirps, whistles and grunts fill the surroundings below – it becomes clear why they are nicknamed “canaries of the s...

  • 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 / 11

    Right Whales: the Situation in 2018

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

    2017 was a grim year for the North Atlantic right whales. The deaths of 18 right whales created a shock wave in Canada and the United States. What will 2018 be for the right whales? Measures to reduc...

  • 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 / 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 / 12 / 05

    North Atlantic Right Whales: Strong Presence Continues in 2018

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Issues

    The southeastern Gulf of St. Lawrence was home to nearly half of the North Atlantic right whale population this summer, i.e. about 190 individuals. This estimate was obtained using aerial surveys and ...