News Summary

  • 2019 / 03 / 15

    A diver caught in a whale’s mouth?

    By Jeanne Picher-Labrie / Questions from the public

    While feeding at the surface, a Bryde’s whale accidentally snatched up a diver, who found himself, from the waist up, inside the whale’s mouth! At the time of the events, the diver was working on a documentary on sardine migration off the coa...

  • 2019 / 03 / 15

    Space to Breath

    By Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    On March 6, while walking on the beach near the Cap-des-Rosiers lighthouse, an observer noted the presence of harbour seals in the water. “It looks as if they’re sleeping, their heads are poking out of the water and their submerged bodies are mot...

  • 2019 / 03 / 13

    Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation (Canada) Offers $150,000 for St. Lawrence Beluga Research

    By Marie-Ève Muller / Actions / Beluga

    Montréal, March 5, 2019: In the presence of His Serene Highness Albert II, Sovereign Prince of Monaco and several directors of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation (Canada), foundation president Diane Vachon announced a $150,000 grant to the Gr...

  • 2019 / 03 / 13

    Contaminated Belugas: Major Project Launched to Understand Contamination and Its Effects

    By Marie-Ève Muller / Beluga / Headline

    To protect an endangered species, one needs to understand the factors inhibiting its recovery. In the case of the St. Lawrence beluga, one of the hypotheses is that contamination is affecting the species’ health and its ability to reproduce. A new ...

  • 2019 / 03 / 07

    Short Bios of Women in Marine Biology

    By Jeanne Picher-Labrie / On the calendar

    Since 1975, International Women’s Day has been celebrated on March 8. In Canada, women currently account for just one-third of STEM graduates (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). The lack of female role models in the history of s...

  • 2019 / 03 / 07

    More Blue Whales!

    By Jeanne Picher-Labrie / Observation of the week

    The mild weather in the early part of the week offered comfortable conditions for venturing outside and contemplating the river. Did the higher temperatures have the same effect on marine mammals as they did on us? Whales don’t seem to have taken a...

  • Un rorqual bleu s'alimente à la surface de l'eau. 2019 / 03 / 06

    Blue Whale Migratory Traditions

    By Jeanne Picher-Labrie / Discoveries

    Every day, blue whales must devour up to 4 tonnes of krill before they are full. With such an enormous appetite, it’s no wonder that food is a determining factor in their migration. But how do they choose a summer feeding area that will provide an ...

  • 2019 / 03 / 04

    Solitary Dolphins and Belugas: Independent or Lost?

    By Jeanne Picher-Labrie / Beluga / Headline

    The female dolphin known as “Dolphy” regularly plays with swimmers and boats in the French port of Collioure. It is even said that she completely loses interest in humans as soon as her canine friend enters the water. For two years she has been a...

  • Jeune phoque du Groenland allaité © Elston Hill 2019 / 02 / 21

    Marine mammals on the ice and humpbacks in the Caribbean

    By Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    Off the Gaspé Peninsula town of Newport, 50 or so seals bask on the ice. To observe them, it’s best to have binoculars, as they are 4 or 5 km away. “I’d say they’re probably harp seals, but I’m not sure because of the distance,&#...

  • 2019 / 02 / 21

    Humpback Entangled in 2017 Spotted Alive!

    By Marie-Ève Muller / Marine Mammal Emergencies

    The resilience of whales never ceases to amaze us! By analyzing photos taken in the summer of 2018, the Mingan Island Cetacean Study (MICS) team succeeded in identifying whale H710, a.k.a. Snowball. This female had been spotted on June 8, 2017 entang...