News Summary

  • 2019 / 09 / 13

    With the Belugas… And Their Amusing Behaviours

    By Marie-Ève Muller / Beluga / Field notes

    September 6: While part of the team is returning from Alaska to lend a hand to researchers studying the beluga population of Cook Inlet, another is taking off on board our small inflatable research craft, the BpJAM. The weather forecast is calling fo...

  • 2019 / 09 / 13

    Whales in the Storm

    By Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    The sighting map appears a little sparse this week. Have all the whales left? Not necessarily. Weather conditions prevented many boats from setting sail, including those of the Mingan Island Cetacean Study. Strong winds grounded surveillance aircraft...

  • 2019 / 09 / 11

    Humpback Entangled off Forillon Park

    By Marie-Ève Muller / Marine Mammal Emergencies

    Late in the day on August 25, 2019, the Quebec Marine Mammal Emergency Response Network receives a report for a humpback whale entangled off the cliffs of Forillon National Park in the Gaspé Peninsula. A recreational boater notices that the humpback...

  • © GREMM 2019 / 09 / 11

    Are whale protection and research work compatible?

    By Camille Proust / Beluga / Headline

    Better understanding cetaceans to better protect them is the goal of many researchers working on these giants of the seas. However, some methods such as biopsies or tagging are intrusive and can disturb the individuals under study. Disturbing whales ...

  • Femelle grand dauphin accompagnée de sa fille biologique et d'un jeune péponocéphale. 2019 / 09 / 11

    Extremely rare adoption by a dolphin

    By Jeanne Picher-Labrie / Discoveries

    In 2014, in French Polynesia, a female bottlenose dolphin nicknamed “Thaïs” is observed with her first calf. Two months later, a newborn male melon-headed whale, also known as a melon-headed dolphin or an electra dolphin, joins the mother-calf p...

  • 2019 / 09 / 09

    With Large Rorquals… and Their Gaping Mouths

    By Marie-Ève Muller / Field notes

    By Maude-Émilie Bourque August 28, 2019: it’s my last day as a volunteer research assistant for the GREMM this season. For three months now, I have been watching and photographing the large rorquals that visit the Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park...

  • 2019 / 09 / 05

    Humpbacks Aplenty and Blue Whale Tails!

    By Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    A long-time observer and former resident of Tadoussac sets out on a whale-watching cruise on September 1. The skyscape reflects off the waters of the St. Lawrence like a mirror. The boat’s captain steers the Zodiac east of Les Escoumins. A blue wha...

  • 2019 / 09 / 05

    Video of Beluga Playing with a Gull

    By Marie-Ève Muller / Beluga / News from Near and Afar

    A video of a beluga taking a gull in its mouth, following it around and even trying to taunt it with a fish is going viral. According to the video’s owner, this is the beluga Hvladimir. This individual was observed by Norwegian fishermen in April w...

  • 2019 / 09 / 04

    With the large rorquals… the biggest!

    By GREMM / Field notes

    By Maude-Émilie Bourque Sunday, August 25, 2019. I leave for Grandes-Bergeronnes at the crack of dawn with my equipment: camera and 400 mm lens, GPS, voice recorder and floater suit. It’s 8:30 when we set out on the first cruise of the day. The w...

  • 2019 / 08 / 30

    Summer Not Quite Over for the Whales

    By Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    August 28: A bright-eyed naturalist returns to the wharf in Percé. No sooner does the boat leave the docks when she and her passengers cross paths with a minke whale. Then, a group of three fin whales together with a blue whale are seen swimming clo...