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.
2019 / 10 / 29
Are the blue whales in the St. Lawrence getting enough to eat?
In summer, the St. Lawrence is a feeding ground for a number of blue whales of the northwest Atlantic population. They feed exclusively on krill, consuming up to an estimated four tonnes a day of thes...
2019 / 10 / 24
Contaminants Blamed for Throwing Genes Out of Whack
More and more studies are suggesting that numerous so-called endocrine disruptors are accumulating in the tissues of whales and posing a threat to their health. Endocrine disruptors are substances tha...
2019 / 09 / 11
Extremely rare adoption by a dolphin
In 2014, in French Polynesia, a female bottlenose dolphin nicknamed “Thaïs” is observed with her first calf. Two months later, a newborn male melon-headed whale, also known as a melon-headed dolp...
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 / 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 / 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 / 11
A North Atlantic right whale… in France!
A reader has reported a video of an unusual-looking whale off the coast of Brittany, France. After validation with experts at the New England Aquarium, the organization that manages the North Atlantic...
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 / 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
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...