Marine Mammal Emergencies
In any given year, Marine Mammal Emergencies receives close to 500 calls from the public for seals or whales that are dead or in difficulty. Here is a selection of incidents handled by MME’s partners.
2018 / 12 / 05
Thank You, Marine Mammal Emergencies Volunteers!
On the occasion of International Volunteer Day (December 5), we would like to highlight the important contributions made by the 181 volunteers from the Quebec Marine Mammal Emergency Response Network,...
2018 / 11 / 26
Worrying St. Lawrence Beluga Mortality Trend Continues in 2018
The tragic plight of the St. Lawrence beluga population continues. Once again this year, researchers are highly concerned about the prevalence of perinatal mortalities in pregnant females and newborns...
2018 / 11 / 21
Winter and Seasonal Seals
While harbour seals frequent the waters of the St. Lawrence throughout the year, certain periods are more favourable for observing northern seals that overwinter in the St. Lawrence. But what should w...
2018 / 10 / 03
Beached Minke Whale Carcass at Pointe-aux-Outardes
On the morning of September 22, a minke whale carcass appeared off the coast of Pointe-aux-Outardes Nature Park. After drifting for a few hours, it finally washed ashore not far from the welcome centr...
2018 / 09 / 21
Rare Sowerby’s Beaked Whale Found in Rivière-au-Tonnerre
A beaked whale was discovered stranded in Rivière-au-Tonnerre on September 17. Initial photos of the carcass immediately intrigued the Quebec Marine Mammal Emergency Response Network. Traits that sug...
2018 / 08 / 03
Well-known Beluga Dies
July 29, 2018, 2:40 p.m.: the phone rings, breaking the silence at the Marine Mammal Emergencies call centre. Two recreational boaters report a beluga carcass stranded in the cove of the Saguenay Fjo...
2018 / 07 / 13
Two New Beluga Carcasses Found in Bas-Saint-Laurent
Two beluga carcasses were found just two days apart in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region. The first carcass reported on July 9 by residents of Rivière-du-Loup was a newborn, while the one reported on July...
2018 / 07 / 03
Entangled Whales: A Complex Situation
Coordinating a release attempt Every year, the Quebec Marine Mammal Emergency Response Network (QMMERN) receives reports of marine mammals entangled in fishing gear (ropes, nets or traps). However, in...
2018 / 06 / 05
Young Live Seal on the River Banks: Do Not Disturb!
If you see a young seal on the beach, let it rest. The months of May and June are pupping season for harbour seals, and females nurse for 4 to 6 weeks from May to early July. During this period, pups ...
2018 / 05 / 10
Local Residents, Fishermen and Boaters Requested to Report Any Dead or Vulnerable Marine Mammal to 1-877-7baleine
With the return of mild temps and melting ice, this is the time of year when residents, fishermen and boat operators are likely to witness incidents involving seals and whales. The Quebec Marine Mamma...