2018 / 12 / 14
Putting a Face to a Call: Identifying Belugas Acoustically
A herd of belugas breaks through the surface of the water as their squawks, chirps, whistles and grunts fill the surroundings below – it becomes clear why they are nicknamed “canaries of the s...
2018 / 11 / 23
What can whale breath tell us? Whale breath contains answers to many mysteries. It often contains dead cells that have information about DNA as well as hormones, lipids, proteins, and microbes from th...
2018 / 08 / 03
“Mom, can you hear me?” Season #2
By Valeria Vergara and Marie-Ana Mikus (guest researchers from Ocean Wise Conservation Association) Time flies on the beluga research tower in Baie Sainte-Marguerite in the Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marin...
2017 / 05 / 18
Toward a Better Co-existence of Shipping Traffic and Belugas in the St. Lawrence
To facilitate the recovery of whales at risk in the St. Lawrence, researchers, wildlife managers and industry are working together to develop measures to reduce the various threats faced by whales. Bu...
2017 / 03 / 17
Harbour Porpoise Shows Fastest Developing Hearing Amongst Mammals
Thirty hours: that’s all it takes for harbour porpoises to develop their hearing to the same level as adults. In humans, children can already hear in the uterus, but it takes years for them to f...
2016 / 02 / 06
Preserving Quiet Habitats… So That They Stay That Way
A number of conservation projects aim to protect critical habitats for marine mammal populations with one of the objectives being to mitigate anthropogenic noise levels. A team of researchers has rece...
2016 / 01 / 07
Boat Speed Noise Responsible for Disturbance of Killer Whales
The speed of boats travelling in the vicinity of killer whales is believed to be the greatest factor affecting ambient noise levels. Such was the finding of a team of US researchers who have worked wi...
2015 / 10 / 14
How Far Away Can Sperm Whales Detect Their Prey?
In order to be able to feed in waters over 1,500 m deep where light is absent, the sperm whale is equipped with a long-range echolocation system. It produces unidirectional clicks of 235 dB re 1 μPa....
2015 / 09 / 25
With the Belugas: Week of August 24, 2015
This week, the team had 11 encounters in 22 hours with belugas. Two boats were on the water to continue the photo-identification. On board one of them were Robert Michaud and Valeria Vergara, who were...
2015 / 09 / 23
The Fourth Season of the Large Rorqual Telemetric Monitoring Project in the Marine Park is Underway
September 23: What about their Prey?
This occurred at 2:45 pm. The Fisheries and Oceans Canada-GREMM team, aboard the Bleuvet, managed to place the tag on the back of fin whale Bp 945. ...