News Summary

  • 2018 / 07 / 13

    Two New Beluga Carcasses Found in Bas-Saint-Laurent

    By Camille Bégin-Marchand / Marine Mammal Emergencies

    Two beluga carcasses were found just two days apart in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region. The first carcass reported on July 9 by residents of Rivière-du-Loup was a newborn, while the one reported on July 10 by locals in Petit-Matane was an adult female....

  • 2018 / 07 / 13

    Identifying Humpbacks X and Zip

    By Aurélie Lagueux-Beloin / Observation of the week

    July 7: Having made the trek from Newcastle, England to watch whales, an observer sets up post on the rocks in the Pointe-Rouge conservation area, in Tadoussac. At the end of the day, she sorts through her photos of minke whales. What was her surpr...

  • 2018 / 07 / 13

    100-Metre Buffer Established for Observing Whales in Canada

    By Aurélie Lagueux-Beloin / Beluga / Headline

    Marine mammal conservationists have reason to celebrate: From now on, it will be forbidden to approach within 100 metres of any marine mammal, anywhere in Canada. Prior to July 11, 2018, there were no restrictions on approaching marine mammals, with ...

  • 2018 / 07 / 13

    Banc-des-Américains: A New Marine Protected Area

    By Aurélie Lagueux-Beloin / Actions

    The governments of Quebec and Canada have announced the creation of a new jointly-managed marine protected area at the American Bank off the Gaspé Peninsula. Protecting the 1,000 km2 territory is a step toward achieving the Government of Quebec̵...

  • 2018 / 07 / 13


    By Christine Gilliet – Mots et Marées / Whale portraits

    From the bulletin Whale Portraits, July 17, 2018 By Camille Begin-Marchand Bp059 is nicknamed “Trou” (Translator’s note: “hole” in French) in the Marine Park due to the protuberance behind her blowhole on her left flank ...

  • 2018 / 07 / 13

    Fishing Season Ends with No Reported Incidents Involving Right Whales

    By Marie-Ève Muller / Issues

    Over the next few days, the lobster and snow crab seasons will end in most parts of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, if they haven’t already ended. Measures implemented to prevent right whale incidents have caused logistical issues for many fishermen,...

  • 2018 / 07 / 10

    Back at the Tower: a Second Season in Baie-Sainte-Marguerite

    By Jaclyn Aubin / Field notes

    Last Saturday, as I hauled myself up onto the platform of the tower, I felt a flutter of excitement in my chest: finally, after a long year of analyzing data, we were back in the field, at our post in Baie Sainte-Marguerite. Equipped with our drone, ...

  • 2018 / 07 / 06

    Since Whales and Ungulates Share a Common Ancestor, Are the Former Able to Ruminate?

    By Aurélie Lagueux-Beloin / Questions from the public

    Whales are carnivores that feed on small shrimp-like crustaceans. Yet their digestive systems do not resemble those of carnivorous mammals. Surprisingly, their stomachs are most similar to those of cows! The stomachs of whales are compartmentalized i...

  • 2018 / 07 / 06

    Where There Is Prey, There Are Whales!

    By Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    “Unbelievable! It’s hot even out on the water,” exclaims a GREMM volunteer research assistant participating in the photo-ID program for large rorquals in the St. Lawrence Estuary. On July 4, under a brightly shining sun and despite ...

  • 2018 / 07 / 06

    With the Belugas – GREMM Kicks Off New Season

    By Timothée Perrero / Beluga / Field notes

    With new projects being launched this year and continuing regular beluga monitoring, the 2018 field season promises to be rich in encounters and stories. June 18: after weeks of preparations – because if you want to do things in life, you need to b...