2019 / 01 / 17
A Rare Blue Whale
January 12: After weeks of seeing nothing but drifting ice and seals on the move, a large spout draws the observer’s attention. The bluish-grey back, the protuberance around the blowhole and the gigantic size of the animal allow her to identify...
2019 / 01 / 17
How do calves manage to follow their mothers?
After birth, a calf remains with its mother at a minimum for the duration of nursing, which varies from a few months to a few years, depending on the species. Since calves only drink breast milk early in their lives, following the rest of the group h...
2019 / 01 / 16
PHD Scholarship Opportunity – Habitat selection, movement, and fission-fusion dynamics of the St. Lawrence Estuary beluga population
Project Description The St. Lawrence Estuary beluga population is currently listed as Endangered under the Canadian Species At Risk Act and the Loi sur les espèces menacées et vulnérables du Québec. Several threats to its recovery related to the ...
2019 / 01 / 16
An Ancient Whale with Neither Teeth Nor Baleen
Museum collections are full of fossils that haven’t been carefully examined in years. However, by taking a closer look at a 33-million-year-old whale fossil from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in the United States, a team of...
2019 / 01 / 10
A New Year of Observations Begins
As 2018 was winding down, one observer in Bonaventure in the Gaspé Peninsula observes three tall puffs, all appearing at the same time. There are therefore three whales in Chaleur Bay. He describes the spouts as “high and straight,” addi...
2018 / 12 / 21
1-877-7Baleine Still Active Throughout the Holidays!
Even if snow covers the shores of the St. Lawrence, Marine Mammal Emergencies continues its work. Throughout the winter, the call centre will continue to take calls for cases of dead or vulnerable whales or seals. And the holiday season is no excepti...
2018 / 12 / 20
A Few Final Breaths to Say Goodbye
Cap-d’Espoir, December 15. The black backs of two humpback whales emerge from the dark water. Their rounded spouts and the appearance of their tails at the end of their breathing sequence make it possible to identify their species. On December ...
2018 / 12 / 19
My Week at the Whale Warehouse… by Jasspreet Sahib
It all started with Marie-Ève, my Editor-in-Chief, asking me, “Would you like to spend a week with skeletons, Jass?” Next thing I knew, I was at GREMM’s skeleton facility, the whale warehouse located at Domaine des Ancêtres of Ferme 5 Étoile...
2018 / 12 / 17
Could We Use Facial Recognition for Whales?
Have you ever been asked if you would like to tag someone in your photo on Facebook? It is the ingenious artificial intelligence that detects faces on your photos. Could it be used to identify whales? Facial recognition process uses Convolutional Neu...
2018 / 12 / 14
Marine Animal Response Society (MARS) – Nova Scotia, Canada
No matter where you are on the planet, marine mammals have allies. Through a series of texts, discover the colossal work being carried out by enthusiasts to help vulnerable marine mammals. For this first text, we interviewed our neighbours in Nova Sc...