Highlights / whales

Environment, International

Beluga whale sanctuary for Canada likely

Plans seem well advanced for the creation of an open ocean sanctuary in east coast Canada for captive beluga whales. After scouting sites throughout N. America, the Whale Sanctuary Project has settled on two potential sites in Nova Scotia. Lori» 

Environment, Health, International, Internet, Science and Technology

Microplastics found in all arctic beluga whales tested

A Canadian research team tested seven belugas in the eastern Beaufort Sea that had been harvested by Inuvialuit hunters. In each of the animals the scientists found evidence of microplastics in the stomachs and intestines. The area around Tuktoyaktuk is» 

Environment, International, Internet, Science and Technology

Revelations of whale behaviour using drones

University of British Columbia researchers wanted to study feeding behaviour of two separate groups of killer whales. Although both groups live in similar environments on the west coast, both feeding on salmon and facing increased noise pollution, water pollution, disturbances» 

Arts and Entertainment, Environment, International, Society

Ending whale and dolphin captivity in Canada

“Free Willy” bill passes in Parliament A four year effort to pass a law banning the captivity of whales and dolphins has finally been passed in Canada. The bill now awaits Royal Assent before it will become law. The so-called» 

Speed limits on commercial shipping have been re-imposed in the Gulf of St Lawrence after two endangered right whales were spotted this week

Environment, International, Internet, Science and Technology

Right whales, a ray of hope (interview)

They’re known as the North Atlantic Right whales. That’s because for whalers in the age of sail, they were the “right” whale to hunt. Big and slow, and full of oil and baleen, and relatively close to coastlines, they were» 

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

Whales: Human created noise adds to threats

Canada’s agency charged with overseeing the status of biodiversity in this country has just released a report on marine noise and the effect on three whale species. Hal Whitehead, of Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia and co-chair of the marine» 

L-R: Marie-Claude, Levon, Lynn, Marc

The Link

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, International, Politics, Society

The biggest threat to the world’s biggest creatures is hunting

We are eating them to extinction A new report says while pollution and habitat loss are still serious threats to the world’s creatures, hunting is the biggest threat to their survival. Boris Worm (PhD) is a professor of marine biology» 

Environment

Belugas use personalized sounds to identify themselves: researcher

Individual beluga whales make personalized sounds that let others know who they are, says Valeria Vergara, a research scientist with Ocean Wise, a conservation program of the Vancouver Aquarium. They may even share some calls with others in their group» 

Society

Whale sanctuary location sought in eastern Canada

A U.S. animal protection group is touring the eastern province of Nova Scotia looking for a community that would agree to host a netted, offshore sanctuary for beluga whales. The Whale Sanctuary Project is holding a series of public meetings»