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 / 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...

  • 2017 / 11 / 27

    Studying Reproduction Like Two Matching Pieces of a Puzzle

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Discoveries

    Do female dolphins have any control over which male they reproduce with? The question seems straightforward, but the method of proving it is not. Because observing what goes on inside the body when tw...

  • 2017 / 11 / 17

    Could solar storms be to blame for a mass stranding?

    Par Béatrice Riché / Discoveries

    The stranding of 29 sperm whales in the North Sea in early 2016 may have been caused by solar storms occurring some 150 million kilometres from Earth, according to a study published last August in the...

  • 2017 / 10 / 24

    Bigger brain, greater degree of sociability?

    Par Béatrice Riché / Discoveries

    Is there a correlation between brain size and the diversity of social behaviours exhibited by a species? In cetaceans, it seems that there is, reveals a study published this month in the journal Natur...

  • 2017 / 10 / 17

    Microorganisms in Whale Breath

    Par Béatrice Riché / Discoveries

    A large group of bacteria was identified for the first time in the breath (or blow) of humpback whales. Whether they live in the Atlantic or in the Pacific, humpbacks to a large extent harbour the sam...

  • 2017 / 10 / 03

    North Atlantic Right Whales Declining since 2010, Confirms Study

    Par Béatrice Riché / Discoveries

    Thanks to a new statistical model, US government researchers and the New England Aquarium are able to more accurately estimate the North Atlantic right whale population and more quickly detect growth ...

  • 2017 / 09 / 18

    Ancient whales with teeth like lions

    Par Béatrice Riché / Discoveries

    Ancient whales had extremely sharp teeth, similar to those of land-based predators such as lions and dingoes, recently discovered researchers...

  • 2017 / 08 / 28

    Whales, death and mourning

    Par Maureen Jouglain / Discoveries

    An understanding of death and reaction to the loss of a loved one are generally considered to be human attributes. It would seem, however, that the mechanisms inherent in mourning behaviour are deeply...