Highlights/narwhal

Environment, Internet, Science and Technology

The genetic surprise of narwhal

It has been, and is, a very widely held belief that genetic diversity in a population of any creature is needed in order to deal with threats from disease and environmental change. A new study by researchers in Denmark has» 

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The LINK Online: April 12, 13, 14, 2019

Your hosts: Lynn, Levon, Marie-Claude, Marc (video of show at bottom) Research needed into ship noise effects on Narwhals in Nunavut With a mining company on Baffin Island, in the Arctic territory of Nunavut, requesting a permit for a significant» 

Economy, Environment

Conservation group calls for more research into effects of Nunavut mine shipping noise on narwhal

A Canadian conservation group says more research into the impact of vessel traffic on narwhal and other marine life is needed before a regulator in the Arctic territory of Nunavut allows a mining company to expand its production at one» 

Environment, Internet, Science and Technology

A whale of a tale: Lost Narwhal finds new “diverse” friends

(public commenting open on all RCI stories at bottom. Comments will be posted after approval) The narwhal, an iconic Arctic species, is almost never spotted in the south. Somehow one narwhal, thought to be a young male, became lost, really» 

Environment, Indigenous, Internet, Science and Technology

Aha! So that’s what it’s for!

Narwhal tusk mystery-solved (videos below) The narwhal has intrigued people for hundreds of years. It’s long spear-like tusk a source of mystery and often wild speculation.   The tusk is actually an overgrown canine tooth. The tusks which can grow to» 

Environment, International, Internet, Science and Technology, Politics, Society

Vancouver Parks bans cetaceans at aquarium

It has been a contentious issue for several years at marine parks around the world.  Protesters have long been saying, whales and porpoises should not be kept in the small pools of such parks, and not be used for entertainment.» 

Environment, International, Internet, Science and Technology

Climate change, changing predator-prey habits in Arctic

Researchers had thought this might happen. With the Arctic sea ice melting sooner, and forming later, and with decreasing ice extent, one of the world’s biggest predators, the killer whale, has been moving further into new areas, and for longer» 

Environment, Society

Canadian admits money laundering in narwhal smuggling scheme

A retired police officer pleaded guilty to 10 money-laundering charges in the United States yesterday after being convicted and fined in Canada for smuggling narwhal whale tusks. Gregory R. Logan faces up to 20 years in prison and a $500,000» 

Economy, Environment, Indigenous, International, Internet, Science and Technology, Politics

Seismic ocean exploration, U.S. scientists and Canadian Inuit say no!

Controversy continues: ocean seismic tests and effects on marine life In 2011 a consortium of Norwegian oil companies applied for seismic exploration of the seabed off the coast of Canada’s Baffin Island. The cross-hatched area indicates zones to be extplored» 

Economy, Environment, International, Internet, Science and Technology

The Last Ice Area in the Arctic

Where once the Arctic was an almost eternally frozen region, global warming has created vast changes. Scientists now estimate that in just a couple of decades, the area permanently covered by ice all year, will be dramatically reduced to a»