News Summary

  • 2019 / 07 / 18

    Conference: Finding Ways of Reducing the Threat of Vessel Traffic on Whales and Other Marine Mammals through Detection and Avoidance

    By Marie-Ève Muller / On the calendar

    Harald Yurk is a bioacoustics specialist with the Aquatic Ecosystems and Marine Mammals Division of Fisheries and Oceans Canada in Vancouver. Over the past 25 years, his research has focused on the acoustics of killer whales. He is currently working ...

  • 2019 / 07 / 18

    Noteworthy Fish and Whales Galore

    By Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    Last week, it was white-sided dolphins in Gaspé Bay. This week, killer whales, the largest species in the dolphin family, make an appearance in the Lower North Shore! At least four individuals, recognizable by their prominent dorsal fin and characte...

  • 2019 / 07 / 18

    Right whales: disentanglement efforts progress

    By Marie-Ève Muller / Headline

    Right whales EG4423 and EG4440 are now swimming a little lighter since shedding some of the rope that had been wrapped around their bodies. On July 16, the Campobello Whale Rescue Team, assisted by crews from Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Natio...

  • 2019 / 07 / 17

    With the Belugas… Out Fishing!

    By Jeanne Picher-Labrie / Field notes

    July 3, 2019: The BpJAM is back at sea for the 2019 field season, with the same crew as last year. The foggy morning forces us to stay docked: it’s hard enough to locate a herd in the fog, much less track it or to get a good sense of ​​the gene...

  • 2019 / 07 / 12

    Right Whales: What is happening in 2019

    By Marie-Ève Muller / En péril-en / Issues

    The North Atlantic right whale is endangered, with an estimated population of only about 400 individuals. The main threats faced by this species are entanglements in fishing gear (ropes) and collisions with ships.  Part of the North Atlantic right w...

  • 2019 / 07 / 11

    Tougher Prevention Measures to Protect North Atlantic Right Whales

    By Marie-Ève Muller / Actions

    Speed ​​restrictions applied to a larger fleet, increased aerial surveillance, expanded speed ​​limit area… The Government of Canada is announcing new measures to prevent entanglements and collisions. These measures are being put into p...

  • 2019 / 07 / 11

    A North Atlantic right whale… in France!

    By Marie-Ève Muller / Discoveries / En péril-en

    A reader has reported a video of an unusual-looking whale off the coast of Brittany, France. After validation with experts at the New England Aquarium, the organization that manages the North Atlantic right whale photo-ID catalogue, it turns out that...

  • Dauphins à flancs blancs © Renaud Pintiaux 2019 / 07 / 11

    First Dolphins of the Year and a Great-Grandmother

    By Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    Measuring 2 to 2.7 metres long, their toned bodies are black, white, grey and yellowish-beige. Atlantic white-sided dolphins! Fifteen or so individuals were seen leaping in Gaspé Bay on July 5. “We usually don’t see them until late July,” com...

  • 2019 / 07 / 11

    What is ambergris?

    By Jeanne Picher-Labrie / Questions from the public

    Sperm whales are known and have been hunted for their production of ambergris, a substance of great value that has historically been used notably in the perfume industry. It is estimated that ambergris is produced in the digestive system of just 1% o...

  • 2019 / 07 / 09

    Female Beluga DL0584 Dies while Giving Birth

    By Marie-Ève Muller / Beluga / Marine Mammal Emergencies

    An eighth beluga carcass washed up on the banks of the St. Lawrence River on July 4. The individual has been identified as DL0584, a female that had been known to researchers since 1990. The necropsy performed by Stéphane Lair and his veterinarian t...