On February 13, Radio-Canada’s Semaine verte presented a chronicle of the fragile North Atlantic right whale, victim of intensive hunting that was practised as early as the 9th century. This whale species has the most critically endangered population of any large cetacean species in the world.

To view this episode online (in French), visit the site Tout.tv.

To read the text by Benoît Livernoche (in French): Quel espoir pour la baleine noire?

Topics featured in this episode include: current conservation issues related to this “urban” whale, actions taken for a more harmonious coexistence with the species, research projects conducted, observations in the St. Lawrence, and the discovery of the carcass of Piper this past summer in the Gaspé and the adventure that ensued with the biopsy, flensing of the carcass, and the cleaning of its skeleton.

To learn more:

On the Semaine verte site

On the North Atlantic right whale

News - 15/2/2016

Marie-Sophie Giroux

Marie-Sophie Giroux joined the GREMM in 2005 until 2018. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marine Biology and a diploma in Environmental Consulting. As Lead Naturalist, she oversees and coordinates the team working at the Marine Mammal Interpretation Centre and writes for Whales Online and Whale Portraits. She loves to share “whale stories” with visitors to the CIMM and readers alike.

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