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 / 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...
2017 / 11 / 30
What kind of seal is that?
One observer reported a seal carcass found in Cacouna to the Marine Mammals Emergencies call centre. What species is it? Here is a brief guide to identify the most common species of pinnipeds found in...
2017 / 11 / 17
Return of Winter Seals
Nordic visitors were spotted last weekend in the Gaspé as well as in the Bellechasse region upstream of the Estuary. One was a hooded seal and the other was a harp seal, both of adult size. Observers...
2017 / 10 / 31
Stranded Newborn Beluga in Alaska Still in Intensive Care
Since being found stranded alive on September 30, the newborn beluga of the Cook Inlet population is still in intensive care at the Alaska SeaLife Center. Its condition continues to be monitored by th...
2017 / 10 / 26
Fresh Beluga Carcass Found in Saint-Ulric
The Matane unit of Sureté du Québec contacted 1-877-7baleine after a resident stopped by the station to report a live stranded beluga on the shores in Saint-Ulric. At the same time, a cyclist was pa...
2017 / 10 / 25
Extremely Rare Beaked Whale Species Stranded in Magdalen Islands
Two carcasses are found side by side on the Pointe-aux-Loups beach on October 13. Observers initially believe they have found two dolphins, one adult and one young. However, they ultimately turn out t...