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 / 08 / 17
Studying Fin Whale Distribution to Understand Their Decline
The team at the Mingan Island Cetacean Study (MICS) has been observing fewer and fewer fin whales in the northern parts of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Is this decline caused by emigration due to a short...
2019 / 08 / 16
Right Whales: What is happening in 2019
The North Atlantic right whale is endangered, with an estimated population of only about 400 individuals. The main threats faced by this species are entanglements in fishing gear (ropes) and collision...
2019 / 08 / 09
Voice Your Opinion of the “Impact of Noise on the Beluga Whale at Risk in the St. Lawrence Estuary” Action Plan
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, together with numerous collaborators, has produced an action plan entitled “Impact of noise on the Beluga Whale at risk in the St. Lawrence Estuary”....
2019 / 08 / 09
Military Sonar: A Threat to Blue Whales’ Recovery?
A new study published in Experimental Biology showed that military sonar can affect the behaviour of the blue whales studied off the coast of California. When exposed to the sound of military mid-freq...
2019 / 08 / 06
Right Whales: Lifting of Speed Restrictions and Stranding of Fourth Carcass
Aerial surveillance over the past few weeks has not identified any North Atlantic right whales in dynamic speed limit corridors. Late in the day on August 2, the Transport Canada therefore announced t...
2019 / 08 / 06
PhD Project: Sources of Emerging Organic Contaminants to the Habitat of Endangered St. Lawrence Estuary Beluga
Project St. Lawrence Estuary (SLE) Beluga has been designated as an endangered species since 2014 by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC). Their habitats are signific...
2019 / 08 / 05
PhD Scholarship Opportunity at UQO on belugas and recreational boating
PHD SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY Agent-based modelling of recreational boating in the St. Lawrence Estuary and the Saguenay River (Québec, Canada) to mitigate their impacts on belugas and baleen whales Go...
2019 / 08 / 03
Study Whales to Beat Cancer?
According to a study published in Molecular Biology and Evolution, whales have mechanisms to protect themselves against cancer. Since the process of cancer formation is similar in all mammals, this ne...
2019 / 07 / 29
New PhD project : Environmental Contaminants, Body Condition and Photogrammetry of St. Lawrence Estuary Belugas
Project Title Environmental Contaminants, Body Condition and Photogrammetry of St. Lawrence Estuary Belugas Project Synopsis The St. Lawrence Estuary (SLE) beluga population has been listed at risk of...
2019 / 07 / 18
Conference: Finding Ways of Reducing the Threat of Vessel Traffic on Whales and Other Marine Mammals through Detection and Avoidance
Harald Yurk is a bioacoustics specialist with the Aquatic Ecosystems and Marine Mammals Division of Fisheries and Oceans Canada in Vancouver. Over the past 25 years, his research has focused on the ac...