Sperm Whale

  • 2019 / 07 / 11

    What is ambergris?

    Par 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 ambergri...

  • 2018 / 11 / 01

    A sperm whale, again!

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    We all have our favourite species, including our favourite whales. For our collaborator Renaud Pintiaux, “The sperm whale is a species that fascinates me most in the world.” On October 29,...

  • 2018 / 10 / 30

    A Sperm Whale in Front of the Dunes of Tadoussac…By Renaud Pintiaux

    Par Renaud Pintiaux / Field notes

    Gloomy weather, but the river is calm on this October 29th as I embark on the Grand Fleuve for a whale-watching excursion. Shortly after we leave, we start seeing a few minke whales around the mouth...

  • 2017 / 11 / 17

    Could solar storms be to blame for a mass stranding?

    Par Béatrice Riché / Discoveries

    The stranding of 29 sperm whales in the North Sea in early 2016 may have been caused by solar storms occurring some 150 million kilometres from Earth, according to a study published last August in the...