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Lunge feeding

Belly Up!

Belly Up! Over the last few days, the MICS team and their collaborators witnessed whales turned on their backs on three occasions, but in very different circumstances. Summary of a week filled with whale bellies! Lunge feeding frenzy Now that the team is trained and that two of our boats are ready, we go out at sea every time the...

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Camping in the yard of the station

The season begins at the station

The season begins at the station The interns are finally out of their quarantine! After a week camping in the projection room in the museum or in tents under the observation tower, heating canned meals on a camp stove and living the thrills of an initiation to whale photoidentification while breathing through a mask, they were finally set free, with...

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2021, we are back!

2021, we are back! After the 2020 season was cancelled for the first time in 42 years of activity, we are overjoyed to be back at the Mingan Island Cetacean Study for the 2021 season. Researchers and volunteers at the station are doing everything they can to follow sanitary directions closely and avoid an outbreak. To do so, the research...

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MICS seeking Executive Director, Station Director

MICS seeking Executive Director, Station Director Organization: Mingan Island Cetacean Study (MICS)Job Title: Executive Director, Station DirectorAvailability: ImmediateStatus: Full-time Description of the Organization Mingan Island Cetacean Study (MICS) is a non-profit, charitable research organization based in both Canada and the United States, dedicated to ecological studies of marine mammals and marine ecosystems. Founded in 1979 by Richard Sears, MICS was...

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Brian Kot - Research Director

Blues in the Time of COVID

Blues in the Time of COVID Winter 2021 Newsletter In September during what appeared to be a slight lull in the covid onslaught I decided to head up along the North Shore to the town of Galix near Sept-Iles, where my friend Jacques Gelineau lives, to spend two weeks working on blue whales.  Jack had reported that there were good...

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Beached Blue Whale - Cape Breton

We Hardly Knew You

We hardly knew you An unknown, un-catalogued blue whale was first photographed August 26-28, 2019 off Matane in the St Lawrence Estuary by the MICS team not more than 6 miles from the south shore.  It was observed in a pair with female B392, which was later seen in the company of 2 known males off Sept-Iles on the North...

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Blue whales scarred by fishing gear

Blue whales scarred by fishing gear Waves of Blue whales -Fall 2019-winter 2020: Earlier this year, we reported that Rene Roy had found a large grouping of rorquals, including many blues passing by the eastern end of Gaspe in late June, which included female B275 Phoenix and male B191 known since the 80s.  On August 15 Rui Santos and RS...

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