2018 / 04 / 17
Earth Day 2018: We all take a bit of the blame
Earth Day will be celebrated around the world on April 22. In Quebec, the tone is more severe than in previous years: “We all take a bit of the blame”. Gone are the days when you could point your finger at just one other country, one comp...
2018 / 04 / 13
Silhouettes of All Colours
April 11: Young grays and white adults are scattered around the mouth of the Saguenay Fjord. “At last,” sighs one employee of the Group for Research and Education on Marine Mammals (GREMM) who spots these belugas. Very few were seen this ...
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 case when a carcass is found after the spring tha...
2018 / 04 / 04
It’s snowing on the whales!
The most recent snowfalls this past week give the impression that winter will never end and that spring is reluctant to make its first appearance. This may be the case on dry land, but out at sea, the seasons follow their normal course… Groups ...
2018 / 04 / 03
Federal Government Announces New Protective Measures for Right Whales
The year 2017 was a particularly grim year for right whales. A total of 17 carcasses were discovered in the North Atlantic. Of these, 12 were found in the Gulf of St. Lawrence – some animals had succumbed to ship strikes, others to entanglements in...
2018 / 03 / 30
How can a live stranded whale die of asphyxiation?
Ocean water exerts pressure that allows cetaceans to support their mass. Animals such as fin whales and humpback whales can weigh 40-50 tonnes and 25-35 tonnes, respectively. The blue whale – which measures up to 28 m long – is the largest anima...
2018 / 03 / 30
First Spring Visitors
Sunny skies and rising temperatures are bringing joy and marking the return of the whales! On March 23, in the Sept-Îles area, Jacques Gélineau, a collaborator from INREST, spotted three large spouts. One of them was that of a blue whale. Its colum...
2018 / 03 / 29
Humpback Stranded in Magdalen Islands: Questions & Answers
On Sunday, March 25, the Quebec Marine Mammal Emergency Response Network received a call concerning a beached humpback whale in the surf at Étang-du-Nord in the Magdalen Islands. The whale died following its stranding on Sunday evening. A ne...
2018 / 03 / 26
A New Fur Coat Every Year
This week’s observations revolve around seals! In Franquelin and Tadoussac, just one harp seal and one gray seal are seen, respectively, while in Gaspé, hundreds of gray seals are discovered near Douglastown as they soak up the sun. On the ice...
2018 / 03 / 12
Are seals “chatterboxes”?
Before tackling this question, here are a few tidbits regarding our St. Lawrence whales. Between 30 and 50 belugas were seen swimming off Les Bergeronnes on February 27: mainly white individuals accompanied by a few grays. On March 4, a blue whale li...