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.
2016 / 03 / 01
Toxins Detected in Alaska Marine Mammals
This is the first time that algal toxins have been detected in living marine mammals in a region so far north....
2016 / 02 / 24
Accumulation of Heavy Metals in a Group of Stranded Long-finned Pilot Whales in Scotland
A study by researchers at the University of Aberdeen, in collaboration with the Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme, recently demonstrated the phenomenon of bioaccumulation of heavy metals in some...
2016 / 02 / 18
Rare Cuvier’s Beaked Whale Found Dead in Nova Scotia
On February 7, Nova Scotia's Marine Mammal Emergency Response Network, the Marine Animal Response Society (MARS), received a report of a live stranded dolphin near Blandford, Nova Scotia. After arrivi...
2016 / 02 / 08
St. Lawrence Belugas Declining
DOSSIER UPDATED FEBRUARY 8, 2016 – In 2015, of the 14 carcasses found, four have been confirmed as newborns and two others may also have been newborns, three were females that died while giving bir...
2016 / 02 / 04
Over Twenty Whales Die in North Sea in One Month
Since mid-January, 25 sperm whales have been found beached on the British, Dutch and German coasts. The reasons for these strandings are being studied....
2016 / 01 / 07
Boat Speed Noise Responsible for Disturbance of Killer Whales
The speed of boats travelling in the vicinity of killer whales is believed to be the greatest factor affecting ambient noise levels. Such was the finding of a team of US researchers who have worked wi...
2015 / 12 / 18
Entangled Right Whale: an Extra Weight to Tow
Over 75% of North Atlantic right whales show injuries or scars caused by fishing gear. A study conducted by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution recently specifically addressed the issue of the ex...
2015 / 12 / 11
Sperm Whales Robbing Fishermen of Their Catch
Sablefish fishermen in the Gulf of Alaska face a major competitor to their operations: male sperm whales. The latter come and steal their catch directly from the fishing gear. Fishermen and scientists...
2015 / 12 / 04
What do Belugas Teach Us about the St. Lawrence and about Ourselves? (8/8)
In this text and audio episode: the genetic diversity of the population and the possibility of an introduction of belugas from the Arctic are discussed at length. A closer look is taken at plans to in...
2015 / 12 / 02
Southern Right Whales Targeted by Gulls
The waters around Argentina's Valdes Peninsula are thebreeding and calving grounds for southern right whales (Eubalaena australis). These whales have become targets for the kelp gull (Larus dominicanu...