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 / 06 / 05

    A Summer School on Animal Cognition

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / On the calendar

    Are fishes sentient? Do squid have a sense of self? Who are dolphins and can they be considered as nonhuman personas? These questions will be addressed and studied at the Institute of Cognitive Scienc...

  • 2018 / 05 / 30

    Robots Amongst the Whales

    Par Béatrice Riché / Discoveries

    Remote-controlled gadgets are becoming more popular for studying whales. Some have wings; some have propellers; other have sails or even fins. What are they? What do they do? Where do they go? The Wha...

  • 2018 / 05 / 16

    Beluga, what are you doing under the water?

    Par Béatrice Riché / Beluga / Discoveries

    The lives of diving animals take place for the most part under water, out of human sight. Can we, by observing the behaviour of a group of belugas at the water surface, guess what is happening below t...

  • 2018 / 05 / 16

    First Right Whale Observed in Canadian Waters

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Discoveries

    Off the coast of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, the first right whale of the season was observed during aerial surveillance conducted by Fisheries and Oceans Canada. At the present time, it is not found in...

  • 2018 / 04 / 26

    Never Before Seen Footage of Fin Whale Feeding Behaviour

    Par François Vachon / Discoveries

    The scientific team from EDMAKTUB filmed unprecedented images of fin whales surface feeding off the coast of Garraf, Spain. Captured using a drone, the video will allow marine biologists around the wo...

  • 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...