The whales of the St. Lawrence and elsewhere in the world face all sorts of issues, some of which are concerning for the long-term survival of their populations. Here is a selection of articles covering these issues.
2019 / 06 / 19
Right Whale: What is happening in 2019
Reference tools Interactive map of North Atlantic right whale sightings in Canadian waters: WhaleMap and On alert for whales NOAA right whale sighting advisory system NOAA Speed reduction measures...
2019 / 05 / 10
Complex Rescue Operation for Whales Captured in Russia
Since November 2018, 87 belugas and 11 killer whales have been illegally held captive in a “whale prison” off Nakhodka in the Russian Far East. The publication of images of the whales confined in ...
2019 / 02 / 21
A Seventh Calf, But Not a Baby Boom
Since the beginning of the right whale calving season, 7 newborns have been observed. Although the announcement of a seventh birth is encouraging, it is unfortunately still premature to talk about a b...
2018 / 12 / 13
New status for fin whales: on the road to recovery?
Fin whales may not be the largest of the whales, but they are certainly one of the fastest! This advantage long allowed them to escape the whaler’s harpoon, at least until the 20th century when whal...
2018 / 12 / 11
Right Whales: the Situation in 2018
2017 was a grim year for the North Atlantic right whales. The deaths of 18 right whales created a shock wave in Canada and the United States. What will 2018 be for the right whales? Measures to reduc...
2018 / 12 / 11
The Right Whale Tale: A Year-in-Review (2018)
Once believed to be the “right” whales to hunt, the endangered North Atlantic right whale (Eubalaena glacialis) population has been plummeting for at least the last eight years. The latest estimat...
2018 / 12 / 05
North Atlantic Right Whales: Strong Presence Continues in 2018
The southeastern Gulf of St. Lawrence was home to nearly half of the North Atlantic right whale population this summer, i.e. about 190 individuals. This estimate was obtained using aerial surveys and ...
2018 / 11 / 19
It’s Now or Never for the Vaquitas
Latest sightings of calves bring a new hope for the cetacean that is face-to-face with extinction: the vaquita (Phocoena sinus). With less than 30 remaining individuals, collaborative conservation eff...
2018 / 10 / 25
Belugas in Aquariums: a Brief History
Follow us on a journey that will take you from the St. Lawrence to Vancouver via Russia, New York and Ottawa, to understand our history with belugas in aquariums. St. Lawrence: source of the first cap...
2018 / 10 / 09
Protecting species at risk: “Ottawa not doing enough,” says Environment Commissioner
Delays in the development of action plans, lack of resources, lack of support to partner organizations, neglect that has likely aggravated the situation of endangered species: these are the critical f...