Fascinating as they are, whales are the object of numerous research programs. From time to time, reality surpasses the myth! Here is a selection of articles covering some of these discoveries.

  • 2018 / 10 / 16

    Whales with Different Methods of Filtering

    Par Béatrice Riché / Discoveries / Headline

    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

    Par Aurélie Lagueux-Beloin / Discoveries / Headline

    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 / 08 / 28

    Menopause in Belugas and Narwhals

    Par Aurélie Lagueux-Beloin / Beluga / Discoveries

    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...

  • 2018 / 08 / 21

    Hydrodynamics of Humpbacks as a Health Indicator

    Par Béatrice Riché / Discoveries

    The way whales slip through the water can tell us if they are in good physical shape, reveals a study published in PLOS ONE. Many baleen whales undertake annual cycles of fasting and feeding, which ha...

  • 2018 / 07 / 30

    Analyzing Underwater Sound as if Playing a Video Game

    Par Aurélie Lagueux-Beloin / Beluga / Discoveries

    A simulator of marine mammal movements and shipping traffic will be given a new lease of life thanks to a 5-year, $2.1 million investment by the Government of Quebec. This new version, overseen by Cl...

  • 2018 / 07 / 26

    Protecting Belugas from Increasing Shipping Traffic in the Arctic

    Par Béatrice Riché / Beluga / Discoveries

    The Arctic is undergoing a transformation. Melting pack ice is opening up new shipping routes and setting the stage for an uptick in human activities in the region. How can we minimize the impact on t...

  • 2018 / 07 / 20

    The Nepisiguit Beluga Is Alive and Well

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Beluga-en / Discoveries

    Great news! The beluga that was trapped in the Nepisiguit River in New Brunswick and relocated to the St. Lawrence Estuary on June 15, 2017, has been resighted! During this unprecedented operation, th...

  • 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...