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What does GREMM do in winter? (2/2)

[Continuation of article “What does GREMM do in winter? (2/2)”] Every winter, when the whales leave the Estuary, many of…

|Field Notes 25/4/2022

Pascolio and Easter Weekend

On Saturday, while scanning the Estuary through her binoculars, one local resident saw a funny-looking white spot from the rental…

|Observation of the Week 21/4/2022

First Humpback in the Estuary

Armed with his camera, wildlife photographer Renaud Pintiaux sets up on the shore of Cap de Bon-Désir this past Monday.…

|Observation of the Week 14/4/2022

What does GREMM do in winter? (1/2 )

When fall arrives and the whales leave the St. Lawrence Estuary for the winter, GREMM takes its boats out of…

|Field Notes 13/4/2022

Are blue whales really blue?

That might sound like a funny question! After all, isn’t the blue colour of Balaenoptera musculus, in addition to its…

|Whale Q&A 11/4/2022

“Thar she blows!”

The excitement is palpable this week on the shores of the St. Lawrence! For the past few days, the same…

|Observation of the Week 7/4/2022

Return of the Gannets

There’s been a lot of action in the Gaspé this week! In addition to spotting harbour seals every day in…

|Observation of the Week 31/3/2022

15 Calves Spark Hope for Right Whales

From November to April, North Atlantic right whales give birth to their calves in the warm waters off Florida and…

|News 30/3/2022

All the news on North Atlantic right whales in 2022

The North Atlantic right whale is a particularly vulnerable cetacean species, currently numbering fewer than 350 individuals. The survival of…

|Hot Topics 28/3/2022

Right Whale Protection Measures Renewed for 2022

On Thursday, March 10, Fisheries and Oceans Canada announced the protection measures that will be put in place this year…

|News 28/3/2022

Vacation Memories… Humpback Style!

We know where H858, also known as Queen, and H879 spent their holidays! No, these two humpbacks did not send…

|Observation of the Week 24/3/2022

Signs of Spring

After a long winter, residents are beginning to see patches of open water in the St. Lawrence’s coat of ice…

|Observation of the Week 17/3/2022

Ice Dwellers

Monday evening, from the window of her home in Sept-Îles, a local resident peers outside to admire the blazing sky…

|Observation of the Week 10/3/2022
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Crystal Clear Waters

Cetaceans in sight for the first time weeks! On February 25, it was from the docks in Les Escoumins that…

|Observation of the Week 3/3/2022

An Oral Plug to Prevent Whales from Choking on Seawater

The rorqual family includes the largest animals on the planet. In order to satisfy their gargantuan energy needs by gulping…

|News 24/2/2022

Skies and Oceans

Between two snowstorms, all eyes turn to the waters of the St. Lawrence, scanning the horizon for marine mammals. It…

|Observation of the Week 24/2/2022

CIMM Presents Virtual “Bones with Stories to Tell” Exhibition

The Marine Mammal Interpretation Centre (CIMM) is coming to you! Our collection of cetacean skeletons – the only one of…

|News 17/2/2022

A Quick Glance at the World of Whales

So many pinnipeds in this chilly week of February! That’s what several observers from the Côte-Nord region have been telling…

|Observation of the Week 10/2/2022

Masturbation and Functional Clitoris: Dolphins’ Sexual Life Revealed

It is widely known that some animal species, including humans and bonobos, engage in sexual activity outside of their breeding…

|News 8/2/2022

Giants Under the Ice

On the St. Lawrence, it’s ice and more ice as far as the eye can see! In the Gaspé, where…

|Observation of the Week 27/1/2022

On the Ice Floes

A polar cold snap swept across Quebec this week, bringing with it blustery winds, thick fog and fresh snow, adding…

|Observation of the Week 13/1/2022

Was the narwhal seen in the St. Lawrence in 2021?

Is the narwhal still in the region? Is it still associating with belugas? How is it doing? Many of you…

|Whale Q&A 13/1/2022

Some Belugas More Affected than Others by Underwater Noise

Underwater noise is a major issue in the protection St. Lawrence belugas, which rely on sound to find their way,…

|News 11/1/2022

To Michael Moore, “We Are All Whalers”

North Atlantic right whales are one of the most vulnerable cetacean species on the planet. With less than 350 individuals…

|News 7/1/2022

Multiple Births and Low Mortality Spell Good Year for North Atlantic Right Whales

One of the most critically endangered cetacean species in the world, the North Atlantic right whale has been under close…

|News 5/1/2022

Lingering Humpbacks and More in Frigid St. Lawrence

As the year draws to a close, fireplaces are crackling, winds are whipping and Quebec’s landscapes are gradually being covered…

|Observation of the Week 16/12/2021

Why do whales migrate?

Every year, the whales of the St. Lawrence travel thousands of kilometres between Quebec and their wintering grounds. A humpback…

|Whale Q&A 15/12/2021

New Whale Species Discovered

Field observations are not the only way to discover new animal species. Through lab analyses of preserved skeletons and samples,…

|News 29/11/2021

Do albino whales exist?

They stand out from other members of their species by their unusual whiteness. They are known as albinos. Like land…

|Whale Q&A 17/11/2021

Porpoises Galore!

In summer, harbour porpoises are often seen moving in large groups of up to several dozen individuals. This time of…

|Observation of the Week 11/11/2021

North Atlantic Right Whales: Climate Refugees

The North Atlantic right whale population is down to approximately 350 individuals and is critically endangered. The recovery of this…

|News 8/11/2021

Calm Waters

As the mercury drops, the weather grows harsher and boats are being docked for the winter, whales are setting out…

|Observation of the Week 4/11/2021

Climate Change Triggers Shifts in Fin Whale Diets

As predators, fin whales are considered generalists, capable of hunting and feeding on a variety of prey ranging from zooplankton…

|News 1/11/2021

In the Wake of Sea Monsters

As Halloween approaches, horror stories abound! Amongst sources of inspiration for spooky legends, the ocean has always been a great…

|News 25/10/2021

Stealthy sperm whale?

Through his spotting scope, a birder posted at the Tadoussac dunes suspects he saw an unusual visitor on Sunday. The…

|Observation of the Week 21/10/2021

When do the whales of the St. Lawrence migrate?

“Are the whales expected to arrive anytime soon? Are there any whales still in the area? How long will they…

|Whale Q&A 13/10/2021
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Will whales be packing their bags soon?

In this final week of September, marine mammal sightings are slowly petering out with the end of the tourist season.…

|Observation of the Week 30/9/2021

What is ghost gear?

If you follow whale-related issues at all, you’ve probably already heard of ghost gear. Some of our readers might be…

|Whale Q&A 28/9/2021

Winds of Change Sweeping Across the St. Lawrence

Across Quebec, colder weather is gradually setting in. Northerly winds are beginning to blow, announcing the arrival of fall and…

|Observation of the Week 16/9/2021