Issues

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 / 08 / 16

    Right Whales: What is happening in 2019

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / En péril-en / Issues

    The North Atlantic right whale is endangered, with an estimated population of only about 400 individuals. The main threats faced by this species are entanglements in fishing gear (ropes) and collision...

  • Juillet 2011, rencontre de #1033 et #1625 2019 / 08 / 06

    Right Whales: Lifting of Speed Restrictions and Stranding of Fourth Carcass

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Issues

    Aerial surveillance over the past few weeks has not identified any North Atlantic right whales in dynamic speed limit corridors. Late in the day on August 2, the Transport Canada therefore announced t...

  • 2019 / 07 / 05

    Concerns for the Welfare of Eight Captive Whales Returned to the Wild

    Par Jeanne Picher-Labrie / Issues

    Since November 2018, 87 belugas and 10 killer whales have been illegally held captive in a “whale prison” off Nakhodka in Russia’s Far East. In April, the Russian government signed an agreement ...

  • Carcasse de baleine noire sur la rive 2019 / 07 / 03

    Four Necropsies, Three Collisions

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / En péril-en / Issues

    Preliminary results of the fourth North Atlantic right whale necropsy have just been announced by Fisheries and Oceans Canada. The whale known as Clipper probably died as a result of a ship strike. Th...

  • 2019 / 07 / 02

    Six Right Whales Found Dead in Gulf of St. Lawrence

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / En péril-en / Issues

    Fisheries and Oceans Canada confirms that two new North Atlantic right whale carcasses have been found, one on the coast of Anticosti Island and the other adrift off the Gaspé Peninsula. This brings ...

  • 2019 / 05 / 10

    Complex Rescue Operation for Whales Captured in Russia

    Par Jeanne Picher-Labrie / Issues

    Since November 2018, 87 belugas and 10 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

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Issues

    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...

  • Une baleine noire est accompagnée de son veau. 2019 / 01 / 23

    Six Newborn Right Whales: A Glimmer of Hope

    Par Jeanne Picher-Labrie / Issues

    Update of 12 February 2019: A fifth and a sixth calf has been confirmed. Since North Atlantic right whales have left the frigid waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence to return to their wintering grounds,...

  • Le chercheur Carlos Mauricio Peredo se tient près d'une partie du fossile étudié. 2019 / 01 / 16

    An Ancient Whale with Neither Teeth Nor Baleen

    Par Aurélie Lagueux-Beloin / Issues

    Museum collections are full of fossils that haven’t been carefully examined in years. However, by taking a closer look at a 33-million-year-old whale fossil from the Smithsonian’s National Museum ...

  • La population mondiale de rorquals communs serait en train de se rétablir, selon l’Union internationale pour la conservation de la nature (UICN). Toutefois, la population visitant le Saint-Laurent n’est peut-être pas tirée d’affaire//The global fin whale population is believed to be recovering, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). However, the population visiting the St. Lawrence may not be out of the woods just yet. © GREMM 2018 / 12 / 13

    New status for fin whales: on the road to recovery?

    Par Aurélie Lagueux-Beloin / Issues

    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...