Discoveries

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 / 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 / Headline

    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 / 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 / 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...

  • 2017 / 12 / 19

    Do Dolphins get Alzheimer’s?

    Par Béatrice Riché / Discoveries

    For the first time, a study has shown clear signs of Alzheimer’s disease in a wild animal: the dolphin. Both dolphins and humans have a long post-productive lifespan, and Alzheimer’s disea...