Questions from the public
A selection of answers to your questions.
2019 / 01 / 17
How do calves manage to follow their mothers?
After birth, a calf remains with its mother at a minimum for the duration of nursing, which varies from a few months to a few years, depending on the species. Since calves only drink breast milk early...
2018 / 12 / 17
Could We Use Facial Recognition for Whales?
Have you ever been asked if you would like to tag someone in your photo on Facebook? It is the ingenious artificial intelligence that detects faces on your photos. Could it be used to identify whales?...
2018 / 11 / 26
Why do cetaceans die?
Just like us, cetaceans (whales, porpoises, and dolphins) have a range of reasons that can lead to mortality. Because of this, when a dead whale washes ashore, finding the cause of death can often be ...
2018 / 10 / 24
Are there krill in the wintertime?
Yes, there are krill in the St. Lawrence in the wintertime. According to a recent study by Dr. Yvan Simard and Nathalie Roy from Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the abundance of krill, in fact, was the h...
2018 / 10 / 16
How do whales go on long dives?
Whales are marine mammals that dive for various reasons, such as: feeding and mating. Their prey are found at varying depths under the water and depending on where in the water column that is, whales ...
2018 / 10 / 15
What Do Whales Do at Night?
A curtain closes, night takes over the sky and during its quiet advance the frantic pace of the cities tapers off. But what happens in the St. Lawrence when darkness arrives? What do whales do during ...
2018 / 09 / 27
What do we know about harbour porpoises?
Harbour porpoises are the subject of very few studies in the St. Lawrence and are therefore much less known than some other whales. So, let’s give them the credit they deserve with what makes th...
2018 / 09 / 25
Do hybrids exist in cetaceans?
This year once again, the research team aboard the BpJAM saw the narwhal! He seems to have made his home in the St. Lawrence for the past three years. As the beluga’s closest kin, the narwhal is...
2018 / 09 / 04
Whaling: Do whales hunted in the Nordic countries visit the St. Lawrence?
Are the cetaceans targeted by Icelandic or Norwegian whalers the same ones as those that visit us year after year? (Part 3 of 3 of the “Whaling” Series) The fin whales that visit the St. Lawre...
2018 / 08 / 21
What Good is Whale Poo?
In summer, whales find themselves in the St. Lawrence to stock up on food. Krill and fish are on the cetaceans’ menu. Of course, once it’s all digested, they evacuate what they no longer need! Wha...