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 / 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...
2017 / 10 / 18
From the Sea to the Lab: The Journey of a Beluga Carcass (3/3)
In the past two weeks, we’ve tracked the journeys of beluga carcasses from the open sea to the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (FMV) in Saint-Hyacinthe. This week, for the third and final column...
2017 / 10 / 06
Rescue in Progress: Stranded Newborn Beluga in Alaska
It measures just 162 cm and weighs a mere 64.5 kg. A newborn beluga just two to four weeks old was found on September 30 on the beach near Trading Bay in western Cook Inlet, Alaska. During an aerial...
2017 / 09 / 27
From the Sea to the Lab: The Journey of a Beluga Carcass (1/3)
Follow the stages of a beluga carcass recovery, from the initial report to the trip to the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Université de Montréal. (1/3) From the sea to the necropsy room An experi...
2017 / 09 / 05
A Summer Overshadowed by Right Whale Mortalities
The Marine Mammal Emergencies call centre has already handled nearly 200 cases and just over 350 calls this year. ...