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Whales in the news! Are icebreakers ruining narwhals’ summer getaway?

Are icebreakers ruining narwhals’ summer getaway? Plus, Montreal’s whale-ward minkes, Canada’s first North Atlantic right whale visit of the year, a new K pod baby, and humpback and orca continue to clash

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Environment

Transient killer whale jumping

Environment

Proposal to reopen commercial seal hunt in B.C. could have consequences for transient killer whales

A controversial proposal to reopen the seal hunt in B.C. might boost numbers of chinook salmon, but at the expense of other marine mammals, says a UBC professor

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Researchers press for summer closures of two East Coast fishing grounds to help protect North Atlantic right whale

Population of the endangered whale estimated at 525 

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Science & Tech

Undersea glider patrolling B.C. coast to prevent whale/ship collisions

When it detects whales, the glider sends a signal to nearby ships

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Photo courtesy Mads Peter Heide Jorgensen

Science & Tech

How could a warming Arctic affect bowhead whales?

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Science & Tech

Cetacean seeker

 Undersea drones are the newest whale protection tool

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Nigel Hussey prepares to tag a Greenland shark in Scott Inlet in 2013. (Photo courtesy of Steven Fields)

Science & Tech

Following Greenland Sharks in Canada’s Arctic

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Five conservation experts weigh in on the future for wildlife post-COVID-19

The slowdown of human activity as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic has led to some surprising benefits for wildlife conservation. Can we keep them going after the danger has passed?

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North Atlantic Right whale undergoes necropsy on shores of P.E.I

Wildlife

Experts investigate recent deaths of six endangered North Atlantic right whales

The deaths are a major blow to the vulnerable population, which is estimated at around 500 individuals

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a bowhead whale and calf swim in deep blue waters, edged by ice floes

Wildlife

A library full of sound: How a new collection of underwater sounds will help protect marine life

The Global Library of Underwater Biological Sounds (GLUB) will catalogue sounds from whales to fish (glub?) to boat noise

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Peter Ross analyses water samples from various locations for microplastic threads

Environment

Why forensics could be key to untangling the ocean microplastics crisis

Scientist Peter Ross uses all the high-tech tools of a crime scene investigator — except his crime scene is the open ocean

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Jill Heinerth cave selfie

Exploration

Exploring beyond fear

In this excerpt from her new memoir, Into the Planet: My Life as a Cave Diver, Jill Heinerth writes about learning to accept fear as a part of exploration

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A screenshot from Explore.org and Polar Bears International's live underwater beluga webcam

Wildlife

Watch Manitoba beluga whales frolic — for science

Live underwater webcam captures the antics of the lovable whales, but also provides important insight into beluga biology

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Places

Remote paradise: The wonder of B.C.’s Triangle Island

Off the northwest tip of Vancouver Island, an isolated speck of “inhospitable” land is home and sanctuary to millions of seabirds

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Zodiac, Baffin Island, Nova Zembla, ship wreck, discovery

Exploration

RCGS flag expedition discovers wreck of Scottish whaling ship off Baffin Island

The wreck of the Nova Zembla — the first High Arctic whaling ship to be discovered — sheds light on a little-understood chapter of Canada’s past

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Wildlife

Wildlife Wednesday: Burgeoning hope for Alberta’s burrowing owls

Plus: skydiving salamanders, Canada’s returning monarch, orca blubber insights, and the woodpecker-wasp conservation dream team. 

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Chart: This sea surface temperature anomaly chart created November 2 by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows an area of warmer-than-normal water off the coast of British Columbia, colloquially known as

Wildlife

Blob blamed for marine-life upheaval in Pacific

The blob isn’t consuming everything in its path — but it is having a notable impact on marine life in the region.

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PLAT-I tidal energy platform in Grand Passage, May 2019

Science & Tech

Testing the future of tidal energy in Nova Scotia

In the Bay of Fundy, technicians are putting a groundbreaking new tidal technology through its paces

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the young male beluga swimming the Nepisiguit River

Wildlife

How a stranded beluga whale was successfully moved to St. Lawrence River

This first of its kind collaboration led to the rescue of baby beluga in Nepisiguit River

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Wildlife

Rescued baby whale’s struggle to survive

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A black-footed ferret kit is held in a gloved hand in a wooden enclosure

Wildlife

Wildlife Wednesday: moth outbreak, baby ferrets and an unexpected whale visit

Your weekly CanGeo round-up of wildlife news

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Wildlife

Working with whales through Direct Action

Sydni Long writes about her experience using citizen-reported sightings for the Ocean Bridge program

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Wildlife

Video of the Week: Vancouver kayaker has close encounter with whale

A Vancouver man will have a whale of a tale to tell his friends in years to come

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A whale's tail fin can be seen above the water

Wildlife

Data from space could help protect North Atlantic right whales

The smartWhales program relies on industry collaboration

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Wildlife

New app aims to help whales and the people who watch them

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Gray whale breaching near coastline of trees

Wildlife

New research finds link between solar storms and gray whale strandings

Increase in whale strandings during periods of intense solar activity suggests whales may attune to Earth’s magnetic field for navigation

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Humpback whales are believed to number more than 20,000 in the North Pacific, with at least 2,145 of those calling coastal waters in British Columbia home

Wildlife

Resurgence of the humpback whale

The resurgence of the humpback whale means its status could be downgraded

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right whale bay of fundy

Wildlife

Fisheries minister addresses recent spate of right whale deaths

Ten caracasses of the critically endangered whale have been found in the past two months. 

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A wolf walks in front of a forest

Wildlife

The mysterious 500-kilometre, 20-year odyssey of Wolf 57

Plus: a caribou’s dinner, avian “flyways,” what astronauts can learn from squirrels — and blue whale tongue-eating orcas

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Photo: Michael Nolan/First Light

Wildlife

Playing for belugas

Artists aim to connect with beluga whales through music

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A model of a woolly mammoth at the Royal BC Museum in Victoria

Wildlife

Wildlife Wednesday: Can the woolly mammoth be brought back from extinction?

And moreover, should it? Plus: Dinosaur fight club, birds about town, and tracking whale whoops

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Wildlife

Killer tire chemical threatening Canadian salmon

A tire preservative is killing U.S. salmon en masse. The same may be happening in Canada.

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A pod of Atlantic orcas is seen a few meters away from a fishing boat in the North Atlantic

Wildlife

Pod of Atlantic orcas surprises Labrador fishermen

"Just another day at the office." 

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A European starling with iridescent feathers perched in a pine tree

Wildlife

Wildlife Wednesday: A killer without a name and funding caribou fornication

Highlights and headlines from the world of wildlife this week

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Wildlife

Throwback Thursday: Whaling in the North Pacific

It’s hard to imagine a story on the art of whaling appearing in Canadian Geographic today, but 1968 was a different story

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Ederney Gonzales, one of the people who discovered Red Rockette

Wildlife

Tracking sea turtles

International grassroots organizations unite over turtle conservation

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Wildlife

Beluga whistles and clicks could be silenced by an increasingly noisy Arctic Ocean

Sound is an integral part of a beluga’s life, so the quality of the underwater acoustic environment is very important for the health and survival of belugas

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Wildlife

Arctic belugas infected by kitty litter disease

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Kids

Whale watching and fishing on Canada’s Coolest School Trip

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Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Site at Fort Rodd Hill, B.C..

Kids

Canada’s Coolest School Trip winners head to B.C.

From visiting historical sites to watching orcas, it was an unforgettable experience for this Grade 8 class

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Lancaster Sound in the Canadian High Arctic

Places

Life and death in Lancaster Sound

Blood on ice in the Arctic is not a sign of death, but an affirmation of life itself

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Women in Nunavut running across a snow-covered field towards the camera

History

Throwback Thursday: Nunavut up and running

On April 1, 1999, Canada’s youngest population took control of its largest territory. Here’s how Canadian Geographic covered the story. 

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History

New quarters celebrate Canada’s North

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Environment

The sixth extinction

The planet is in the midst of drastic biodiversity loss that some experts think may be the next great species die-off. How did we get here and what can be done about it?

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Environment

Alexandra Morton on her battle to save wild salmon

The B.C. based biologist reflects on her decades long fight to preserve the ecosystem she calls home

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Science & Tech

Five ways drones are being used for good

Unmanned aerial vehicles are controversial; we explore their pros and cons

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Science & Tech

New research into Arctic marine mammal movements aims to maintain the future of a traditional Inuit food source

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Fishing boat on the shore of Spitsbergen, Svalbard

Science & Tech

Hearts in the Ice: History and culture

From coal mining to scientific research, the remote archipelago of Svalbard has a rich and complex heritage

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