A new sub species of whale has been discovered in the Sea of Cortez. Thought to be closely related to the blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) this new species of whale was first formally sighted in early March 2002 beached on the island of Montserrat, south of Loreto (see picture above). This new sub species has been named Balaenoptera micsulus. Later...

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Post data analysis 2002 St Lawrence report

From June to November 2002, the MICS field team observed 71 blue whales including 60 known individuals and 11 new. Of the 11 unknown, one was seen off the eastern tip of the Gaspé, another off Sept-Iles and 9 in the Estuary including Chameau's (B103) calf, which subsequently disappeared under uncertain circumstances. In the Gaspé study area seven known individuals...

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St. Lawrence blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) vocalizations.

For the Acoustical Society of America's First Pan-American/Iberian Meeting on Acoustics to be held 2-6 December 2002 in Cancun, Mexico. St. Lawrence blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) vocalizations. Author: Catherine BerchokLocation: Grad. Prog. in Acoust., Penn State Univ., P.O. Box 30, State College, PA 16804, cberchok@yahoo.comAuthor: David BradleyLocation: Penn State Univ., State College, PA 16804Author: Thomas GabrielsonLocation: Penn State Univ., State...

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June /July 2002 Gulf of the Saint-Lawrence!

The 1st of June, a large part of the team has already gathered on the bridge of the Mingan Islands research station, ready to undertake 5 months of work in the field. Ready as well, to clean, renovate and innovate! Each year is a challenge, with little financial support and much to do: census the animals in the field and...

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Chameau B103 is in the estuary!

Chameau (B103) is a blue whale which was first observed in 1991 in the estuary. In 1994 we were able to identify Chameau as a female thanks to the small piece of skin obtained from a biopsy which allows us to sex the individuals.This animal is easily recognizable by the particular shape of her back that gives her the appearance...

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An update on Baja 2002 observations following data analysis.

We have completed data analysis of our 2002 Loreto; Baja field season and can now give you a brief overview of our observations. A total of 42 blue whales were photo-identified, of which 24 were known, 13 unknown, and 5 for which the pictures were of too poor a quality to be included in the catalog. We observed only 2...

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Loreto, Baja 2002. The field season that almost wasn’t.

The field season that almost wasn’t. Permits are simple, yet complicated, because they can allow or prevent you from doing something, or in the hands of too many government offices the process can become a long drawn out frustrating event, which at times has no clear result. In 2002 the process began in May and finished when we actually got...

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Azores - April 14-May 2, 2002

It had been a dream ever since my first visit some 4 years ago to return and try to find out more about the few blue whales seen off Pico and Faial in the Azores during spring. Chrisitan Ramp - MICS’ warm weather specialist and I were joined by cameraman Laurent Guenoun to discover what we could about blue whales...

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