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 / 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...
2018 / 05 / 10
Seals: Topic of Interest at Marine Mammals Emergencies
Nearly a dozen seal carcasses were reported to 1-877-7baleine in April, and soon the first reports of pups will also start coming in. The Quebec Marine Mammal Emergency Response Network handles all ca...
2018 / 04 / 24
Reminder to Fishermen: Report all Entangled Whales to 1-877-7baleine
The commercial fishing season is well underway. This is the time of year when Mammal Marine Emergencies reminds fishermen that if they happen to see a whale entangled in fishing gear (weather live or ...
2018 / 04 / 13
Belugas: First Carcass for 2018 and Recap of 2017
On March 26, the first beluga carcass of 2018 was reported to 1-877-7baleine at Coin-du-Banc in the Gaspé Peninsula. The carcass was whole, but in a state of advanced decomposition, as is often the...