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!
2018 / 10 / 16
Whales with Different Methods of Filtering
Baleen refers to the stiff plates of keratin that hang off the upper jaw of some whales, more precisely mysticetes… but is all baleen alike? Of course not! The size and shape of baleen and how i...
2018 / 10 / 12
Slowing Down, for the Whales’ Sake
A ship that strikes a whale can cause the latter serious injury. In the St. Lawrence, fin whales are particularly prone to these types of collisions, which can even be fatal. In order to reduce the ri...
2018 / 10 / 09
Protecting species at risk: “Ottawa not doing enough,” says Environment Commissioner
Delays in the development of action plans, lack of resources, lack of support to partner organizations, neglect that has likely aggravated the situation of endangered species: these are the critical f...
2018 / 09 / 21
Glasses to See the World like a Whale
How would you like to “see” the world the same way a dolphin, a beluga or a sperm whale does? Marine ecologist and geneticist Andrew Thaler has recently invented a pair of glasses and head...
2018 / 09 / 17
Opening of the Northwest Passage: Marine Mammals at Risk
With Arctic shipping routes increasingly used by merchant shipping, an ice-free Arctic Ocean could put the resistance and adaptability of marine mammals to the test. Ship strikes and increased light a...
2018 / 09 / 11
Wave of Solidarity for Belugas
The summer of 2018 has seen a succession of announcements for investments and new projects designed to better understand and protect belugas. Because it is important to take the time to celebrate our ...
2018 / 09 / 07
Cleanup of “Seventh Continent” Set to Begin
On September 8, The Ocean Cleanup project will deploy its first floating system designed to capture waste in the waters of the North Pacific. Over the next six months, some 30 horseshoe-shaped floate...
2018 / 09 / 06
Postdoctoral fellowship offer – Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO) in collaboration with GREMM
Project title Spatiotemporal Individual-Based Modelling of the St. Lawrence Estuary Beluga Population Project background and objectives St. Lawrence Estuary beluga population is currently listed as en...
2018 / 09 / 04
Port developments on the Saguenay: Fisheries and Oceans Canada experts sceptical
Two marine terminal development projects could triple maritime traffic in the Saguenay and lead to a 10% increase in traffic in the remaining critical habitat of the St. Lawrence beluga. In July, the ...
2018 / 08 / 28
Menopause in Belugas and Narwhals
Menopause is a rather rare phenomenon. And yet a study published in Scientific Reports reveals that the females of two species of cetaceans – the beluga and the narwhal – join the ranks of the sel...