News Summary

  • 2019 / 11 / 01

    Post-whaling Recovery: The Beautiful Story Of Humpbacks

    By Jeanne Picher-Labrie / Headline / Issues

    This year in the St. Lawrence, no fewer than 13 mother-calf humpback pairs have been identified by teams from the Mingan Island Cetacean Study (MICS) and the Group for Research and Education on Marine Mammals (GREMM). After a period of low birth rate...

  • 2019 / 11 / 01

    Multiple Species in a Single Glance

    By Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    For his last outing of the season, a recreational fisherman sets out in La Tabatière, in Quebec’s Basse-Côte-Nord region. While his line is dangling in the water, he spots two large spouts that nevertheless appear tiny in the distance. That’s ...

  • 2019 / 11 / 01

    A Speckled Humpback… by Anik Boileau

    By Collaboration spéciale / Field notes

    By Anik Boileau, Veterinary Science Researcher and Director of CERSI With the arrival of fall in the Sept-Îles region, it’s not uncommon to find large rorquals west of Baie Sainte-Marguerite, near Port-Cartier. On September 27, we head out at 8 a....

  • Valérie coupe un morceau de gras avec un scalpel. Autour d'elle, des contenants de produits pour la conservation et la stérilisation de l'échantillon. 2019 / 10 / 30

    With the belugas… and their blubber

    By Collaboration spéciale / Field notes

    By Valerie Jolicoeur, master student at UQAM This fall, I embarked on a major Master’s project that focuses on the health of our iconic St. Lawrence belugas. Although the river is undeniably beautiful, its high rate of industrialization exposes bel...

  • 2019 / 10 / 29

    Are the blue whales in the St. Lawrence getting enough to eat?

    By Jeanne Picher-Labrie / Discoveries

    In summer, the St. Lawrence is a feeding ground for a number of blue whales of the northwest Atlantic population. They feed exclusively on krill, consuming up to an estimated four tonnes a day of these tiny planktonic crustaceans that live in swarms....

  • 2019 / 10 / 24

    En Route to Winter Quarters

    By Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    As the number of eyes scanning the water decreases, the number of sightings reported is also on the decline. Are there fewer whales in these parts? Despite being posted daily at the Tadoussac dunes, a birder conducting surveys has not seen any fin ...

  • 2019 / 10 / 24

    Contaminants Blamed for Throwing Genes Out of Whack

    By Camille Proust / Beluga / Discoveries / Headline

    More and more studies are suggesting that numerous so-called endocrine disruptors are accumulating in the tissues of whales and posing a threat to their health. Endocrine disruptors are substances that can interfere with the normal functioning of hor...

  • 2019 / 10 / 24

    With the Belugas… Their Newborns and the Narwhal

    By Marie-Ève Muller / Beluga / Field notes

    By Mathieu Marzelière, research assistant October 9: an Indian summer day, a calm St. Lawrence, spectacular fall foliage… the BpJAM sets sail for one of its last outings of the year. It’s a thrill to get back on this small inflatable craft...

  • 2019 / 10 / 18

    The Whale and the Raven : a documentary about the orcas and humpback whales of British Columbia

    By Marie-Ève Muller / On the calendar

    A new documentary was just released by the National Film Board of Canada. Here is the synopsis. «On the otherwise uninhabited Gil Island, just off the northwest coast of British Columbia, the sound of waves lapping and ravens cawing is punctuated by...

  • 2019 / 10 / 17

    Pilot whales?

    By Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    Two observers, one in Les Escoumins (north shore), the other in Baie-des-Sables (south shore), asked the following question this week: “Is it possible that I might have seen long-finned pilot whales?” The sighting of marine mammals with black bac...