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!

  • Baleines noires de l'Atlantique Nord © Jean Lemire (archive) 2018 / 04 / 03

    Federal Government Announces New Protective Measures for Right Whales

    Par François Vachon / Issues

    The year 2017 was a particularly grim year for right whales. A total of 17 carcasses were discovered in the North Atlantic. Of these, 12 were found in the Gulf of St. Lawrence – some animals had suc...

  • 2018 / 03 / 11

    An Elusive Species Faces Extinction

    Par Béatrice Riché / Discoveries

    Researchers are sounding the alarm to prevent the imminent disappearance of the Gulf of Mexico Bryde’s whale. “This mammal is at risk of being the first baleen whale to go extinct since th...

  • 2018 / 01 / 29

    Stopping the Flow of Plastics into the Ocean

    Par Béatrice Riché / Issues

    Last week, the European Commission unveiled its strategy for reducing the amount of plastic waste landfilled and discharged into the sea. Its goal is for all packaging to be reusable or recyclable by ...

  • 2018 / 01 / 26

    Youth Programs for Environmental and Conservation Awareness

    Par François Vachon / On the calendar

    Are you interested in a career focused on the environment, wildlife conservation and awareness of your country’s natural heritage? A number of programs offer a variety of internship and voluntee...

  • 2018 / 01 / 11

    What NASA Data Can Tell Us About Mass Strandings

    Par Béatrice Riché / Discoveries

    Solar storms are not the primary cause of mass cetacean strandings in Cape Cod Bay, claims a new study conducted by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Bureau of Ocean Energ...

  • 2017 / 12 / 19

    Whales on the Big Screen

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / 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...

  • 2017 / 12 / 19

    Do Dolphins get Alzheimer’s?

    Par Béatrice Riché / Discoveries

    For the first time, a study has shown clear signs of Alzheimer’s disease in a wild animal: the dolphin. Both dolphins and humans have a long post-productive lifespan, and Alzheimer’s disea...

  • 2017 / 12 / 08

    Gifts that keep on giving!

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / On the calendar

    The holiday season is fast approaching! With it comes the conundrum of brainstorming for gift ideas. That said, Whales Online would like to offer a few suggestions related to the theme of marine mamma...

  • 2017 / 12 / 06

    Drilling near the St. Lawrence: a threat to marine mammals?

    Par Béatrice Riché / Issues

    Between now and Christmas, the Government of Quebec is hoping to put into place a regulatory framework for hydrocarbon exploitation in Quebec. Draft regulations for the implementation of the Petroleum...

  • 2017 / 11 / 27

    Studying Reproduction Like Two Matching Pieces of a Puzzle

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Discoveries

    Do female dolphins have any control over which male they reproduce with? The question seems straightforward, but the method of proving it is not. Because observing what goes on inside the body when tw...