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Day-Trips suspended until further notice

UPDATE 2017:  We strategically decided not to run our usual Day-Trip programme as of this year. Until further notice we have decided to focus all of our efforts on our research, international academic partnerships and research projects, and trademark weekly “Research Adventures” (open to the public). As a result, for the time being, we will be discontinuing our Day-Trip Programme....

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Blues and blues

Paul Reddick and his music recognized by the Junos.   We are very happy to congratulate our friend Paul Reddick and his band for winning this year's Juno award for best blues record.  The Junos are the Grammys of Canada for those south of the border.  Paul and band played at our 30th anniversary party in the museum/research station in...

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Blue whale exhibition!

The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) in Toronto is hosting a great exhibition on the the blue whale that will open on March 11th 2017! MICS will appear in the exhibition as blue whale researchers in the St Lawrence!   Find out more    

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2015-2016: Blue whale review

2015-2016: Blue whale review   Damp beginnings, Finback Frenzy   The 37th season was marred by extended cool, foggy dampness, and endless windy rain pelted days early on.  By late July, however the elements seemed to remember that summer needed to have its moment.  And the brief glimpses had by our team of finbacks and minkes in good numbers along...

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Best wishes from the President

December 20th, 2015 Dear Friends of MICS,   We have gotten through our 37th field season in large part due to the generous support of MICS supporters. Our goals remain the pursuit of long-term studies of rorquals in the St. Lawrence and North Atlantic, with special attention to the endangered blue whale. As we move towards 2016, we need your...

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A Kickstarter campaign for Satellite Tags!

Check out this Kickstarter campaign launched by WhaleNet in order to raise funds for satellite tag research and education in 45 days!   Find out more about WhaleNet on their website and on their Facebook page.    The MICS Team

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Her Name Was Alacran

By Zack MetcalfeIt took us eight minutes to spot our first whale after leaving harbour. Just eight minutes before field biologist Katy Gavrilchuk pointed parallel to the coast of Gaspé and shouted "eleven o'clock!"The world's largest animals are remarkably difficult to see on the open ocean. Even their titanic bodies make only a modest impression on the horizon, like a...

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Limited edition Blue whale guitar for Auction

Blue Whale guitar Limited Edition for charity in Auction. Starting bid: 12 000$ It's all about the blue whale! It is no coincidence that this extraordinary guitar shares its name with the giant of the oceans. Nik Huber Guitars in cooperation with MICS has offered this stunning piece of guitar art in a 25-piece limited edition. This instrument is up...

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The Grand Blue 2015 - Summary

March 16th, at the Montreal Biodôme, we held a fundraiser night to finance our next field season and hopefully continue the longest study on the endangered blue whales. Increases in prices of insurances, permits, and in general plus the lack of funding, is threatening research and specially long term study all over the world. Losing such long data sets is...

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Symphony’s Movements

B244 a female blue whale named Symphony was first seen in the St Lawrence during the summer of 1988 and has returned quite regularly since then. Despite a very low number of blue whales sighted in the St Lawrence in 2014, B244 was observed in the Estuary off Forestville in October. And on November 4th a satellite tag was placed...

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THE GRAND BLUE - Fundraiser

You are cordially invited to join Mr. Richard Sears and members of the Mingan Island Cetacean Study research team for a fun and inspiring evening at the Biodome of Montreal.   The evening will feature food preparation by renowned Max Morin-Dubois and staff from L'Echoppe des Fromages, unique musical performances, a silent auction, special guests, a presentation by the MICS...

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Every little helps

December 12, 2014 Dear Friends of MICS, Since 1979, our principal goal has been to pursue long-term ecological studies of marine mammals in the St. Lawrence ecosystem, with emphasis on the rorqual whales-lead by studies of the endangered blue whale. We are preparing for our 37th field season in 2015 and we need your support order to meet the challenge...

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Blue whale ecotourism in the Azores

Join of a small group lead by Richard Sears founder of MICS, to discover the blue whales of the Azores. This session is geared to learn more about eastern North Atlantic blue whales, which pass by the Azores on their way North to Icelandic and Norwegian waters. Fieldwork will include photo-identification, behavioural observations, and acoustic recordings in order to better...

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