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!

  • La baleine noire nommée FDR, photographiée lors de son cinquième empêtrement, dans la Baie de Fundy, le 13 août 2016. Elle a été libérée cette journée-là par Joe Howlett et son équipe. © Campobello Whale Rescue Team 2018 / 07 / 23

    First Case of Right Whale Entanglement in 2018

    Par Anthony François / Issues

    July 13, 2018, 14:45, off the coast of New Brunswick’s Miscou Island, an aerial survey conducted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) observes a right whale dragging a r...

  • 2018 / 07 / 20

    The Nepisiguit Beluga Is Alive and Well

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Beluga-en / Discoveries

    Great news! The beluga that was trapped in the Nepisiguit River in New Brunswick and relocated to the St. Lawrence Estuary on June 15, 2017, has been resighted! During this unprecedented operation, th...

  • 2018 / 07 / 13

    Banc-des-Américains: A New Marine Protected Area

    Par Aurélie Lagueux-Beloin / Actions

    The governments of Quebec and Canada have announced the creation of a new jointly-managed marine protected area at the American Bank off the Gaspé Peninsula. Protecting the 1,000 km2 territory is a s...

  • 2018 / 07 / 13

    Fishing Season Ends with No Reported Incidents Involving Right Whales

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Issues

    Over the next few days, the lobster and snow crab seasons will end in most parts of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, if they haven’t already ended. Measures implemented to prevent right whale incidents...

  • © GREMM 2018 / 07 / 03

    Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park: 20 Years of Conservation Efforts

    Par Camille Bégin-Marchand / Actions

    The Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park as we know it today was created in 1998. However, it took several decades of consultations and waiting to get there, hence the importance of celebrating this 20th...

  • 2018 / 06 / 22

    A New Measure for Belugas in the Marine Park

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Actions / Beluga

    Calving season for St. Lawrence belugas is right around the corner, and to provide these animals with an area of ​​peace and quiet, Parks Canada has announced a no-boating zone in the Baie Sainte-...

  • 2018 / 06 / 05

    A Summer School on Animal Cognition

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / On the calendar

    Are fishes sentient? Do squid have a sense of self? Who are dolphins and can they be considered as nonhuman personas? These questions will be addressed and studied at the Institute of Cognitive Scienc...

  • 2018 / 05 / 30

    Robots Amongst the Whales

    Par Béatrice Riché / Discoveries

    Remote-controlled gadgets are becoming more popular for studying whales. Some have wings; some have propellers; other have sails or even fins. What are they? What do they do? Where do they go? The Wha...

  • 2018 / 05 / 16

    Beluga, what are you doing under the water?

    Par Béatrice Riché / Beluga / Discoveries

    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 / 05 / 16

    First Right Whale Observed in Canadian Waters

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Discoveries

    Off the coast of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, the first right whale of the season was observed during aerial surveillance conducted by Fisheries and Oceans Canada. At the present time, it is not found in...