2019 / 03 / 06
Blue Whale Migratory Traditions
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 ...
2019 / 02 / 08
Climate bill to give whales a little boost?
A few days before Christmas, the Pact for Transition offered a “climate anti-deficit” bill to Quebec Premier François Legault. This bill aims to force present and future governments to respect Qu...
2018 / 12 / 05
Whales Stressed up to their Ears
Unlike humans, who can clean out the wax that covers their external ear canal (not with Q-tips of course!), whales remain stuck with their wax. This earwax accumulates and forms huge plugs resembling ...
2018 / 11 / 26
Why do cetaceans die?
Just like us, cetaceans (whales, porpoises, and dolphins) have a range of reasons that can lead to mortality. Because of this, when a dead whale washes ashore, finding the cause of death can often be ...
2017 / 03 / 06
Intimidating Predators in a Less Icy Arctic
A recently published study shows that the presence of killer whales significantly alters the behaviour and distribution of narwhals, even at distances of up to 100 km. ...
2017 / 02 / 01
Marine Mammals in a Warmer and Less Icy St. Lawrence
A study released this month by the Maurice Lamontagne Institute of Fisheries and Oceans Canada reveals that significant changes are taking place in the St. Lawrence River: deep waters continue to grow...
2016 / 12 / 20
New Marine Protected Area in the Canadian Arctic
On November 16, Fisheries and Oceans Canada announced the creation of the largest Marine Protected Area (MPA) in the Canadian Arctic: Anguniaqvia niqiqyuam. ...
2016 / 09 / 22
How is climate change affecting whales?
Several studies support the hypothesis that climate change will have negative impacts on whales. Three main impacts emerge from these publications. But some whales could benefit......
2016 / 04 / 20
Could Climate Change Benefit Some Cetaceans?
Some whales, especially humpback and bowhead whales, could actually benefit from climate change, at least in the short term. ...
2015 / 11 / 19
What do Belugas Teach Us about the St. Lawrence and about Ourselves? (7/8)
Beluga stories: this is the seventh episode of the transcript of the training lecture given by Robert Michaud at the CIMM on June 22, 2015. In this text and audio episode: the biologist answers questi...