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 / 06 / 19
Right Whale: What is happening in 2019
Reference tools Interactive map of North Atlantic right whale sightings in Canadian waters: WhaleMap and On alert for whales NOAA right whale sighting advisory system NOAA Speed reduction measures...
2019 / 05 / 10
Complex Rescue Operation for Whales Captured in Russia
Since November 2018, 87 belugas and 11 killer whales have been illegally held captive in a “whale prison” off Nakhodka in the Russian Far East. The publication of images of the whales confined in ...
2019 / 05 / 09
A Play Dedicated to Whale Researcher and Rescuer Jon Lien
Between Breaths highlights the unusual life story of Jon Lien (1939-2010), a pioneer of whale research in Canada. It is being staged this month at Ottawa’s National Arts Centre. Originally from Sout...
2019 / 05 / 01
Sanctuary for Retired Belugas: A World First
Two belugas left an aquarium in Shanghai, China, to fly to Iceland. The two whales are now becoming residents of the world’s first sanctuary for retired whales. The goal: to bring them back to a...
2019 / 04 / 29
Killer Whale: The Great White’s Greatest Fear
Imagine for a moment that the formidable shark in Jaws were to meet face to face with the friendly orca from Free Willy. What would happen? A new study conducted by researchers at the Monterey Aquar...
2019 / 04 / 16
Agendas for Belugas
What could be better than an agenda featuring whales to place them at the heart of our day-to-day concerns? This is the idea behind the latest series by Montréal-based company W. Maxwell. The agenda ...
2019 / 04 / 12
Fossil of Four-legged, Amphibious Whale Discovered in Peru
The terrestrial ancestors of whales first entered the water some 50 million years ago in the region around India and Pakistan, possibly to protect themselves or to feed. They subsequently spread until...
2019 / 04 / 04
Volunteer opportunity: Research team Member at Mingan Island Cetacean Study
Mingan Island Cetacean Study (MICS) is a non-profit, charitable research organization based in both Canada and the United States, dedicated to ecological studies of marine mammals and marine ecosystem...
2019 / 04 / 04
Decline in Fin Whales in Gulf of St. Lawrence
Fin whales in the northern Gulf of St. Lawrence are in decline, according to a new study published in the periodical Ecology and Evolution. The population is believed to have contracted from 335 indiv...
2019 / 03 / 27
The St. Lawrence Challenge: Companies Pledge to Reduce Plastic Consumption
The St. Lawrence Challenge is a recognition and commitment program aimed at businesses and recreational tourism establishments that wish to reduce their consumption of plastic. By doing so, they are h...