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 / 11 / 28
Whispering and avoiding predators!
A number of studies show that in different species of baleen whales, mothers and their offspring communicate in a very special way: they whisper… Compared to when she communicates with other adu...
2019 / 11 / 27
Arctic Adventure: A Virtual Expedition on the Ice Floes for Elementary School Kids
Accompanied by experienced divers Jill Heinerth and Mario Cyr, discover the pack ice and its animals with Arctic Adventure, an app designed for youngsters aged 8 to 12. Before diving under the pack ic...
2019 / 11 / 20
Humpbacks eat with their hands
The pectoral fins of humpback whales, with their enormous size and jagged edges, are quite different from those of other species. They are believed to improve manoeuvrability and promote thermoregulat...
2019 / 11 / 01
Post-whaling Recovery: The Beautiful Story Of Humpbacks
This year in the St. Lawrence, no fewer than 13 mother-calf humpback pairs have been identified by teams from the Mingan Island Cetacean Study (MICS) and the Group for Research and Education on Marine...
2019 / 10 / 29
Are the blue whales in the St. Lawrence getting enough to eat?
In summer, the St. Lawrence is a feeding ground for a number of blue whales of the northwest Atlantic population. They feed exclusively on krill, consuming up to an estimated four tonnes a day of thes...
2019 / 10 / 24
Contaminants Blamed for Throwing Genes Out of Whack
More and more studies are suggesting that numerous so-called endocrine disruptors are accumulating in the tissues of whales and posing a threat to their health. Endocrine disruptors are substances tha...
2019 / 10 / 18
The Whale and the Raven : a documentary about the orcas and humpback whales of British Columbia
A new documentary was just released by the National Film Board of Canada. Here is the synopsis. «On the otherwise uninhabited Gil Island, just off the northwest coast of British Columbia, the sound o...
2019 / 10 / 03
Activist Greta Thunberg Meets with GREMM
On September 30, leading climate activist Greta Thunberg accompanied the scientific research team of the Group for Research and Education on Marine Mammals (GREMM) aboard the Bleuvet, the organization...
2019 / 09 / 11
Extremely rare adoption by a dolphin
In 2014, in French Polynesia, a female bottlenose dolphin nicknamed “Thaïs” is observed with her first calf. Two months later, a newborn male melon-headed whale, also known as a melon-headed dolp...
2019 / 09 / 05
Video of Beluga Playing with a Gull
A video of a beluga taking a gull in its mouth, following it around and even trying to taunt it with a fish is going viral. According to the video’s owner, this is the beluga Hvladimir. This individ...