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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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Wildlife

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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north atlantic right whale gulf of st. lawrence

Wildlife

North Atlantic right whales died of blunt force trauma, entanglement, necropsies confirm

Results of necropsies on six whales that died this summer in the Gulf of St. Lawrence reveal blunt force trauma and chronic entanglement as cause of death

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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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A humpback whale breaches off the Gaspé peninsula

Wildlife

How photos and videos are changing whale research across Canada

To save whales, we first have to understand them. Here are three Canadian projects aimed at doing just that.

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Environment

Robson Bight Day to Night

Environment

Day to Night in Robson Bight

For the latest image in his iconic Day to Night series, photographer Stephen Wilkes set his sights on an important ecological reserve in British Columbia. Here's why. 

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Science & Tech

Photo courtesy Mads Peter Heide Jorgensen

Science & Tech

How could a warming Arctic affect bowhead whales?

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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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Beluga whales in Hudson Bay near Churchill, Manitoba. (Photo: Ansgar Walk/Wikimedia Commons)

Wildlife

Drones used to monitor N.W.T. belugas

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A grizzly bear shakes water from its fur in a river

Wildlife

Broughtons in the balance: As salmon runs fail, grizzlies are on the move

Salmon runs are failing and grizzlies seem to be on the move in the islands between mainland B.C. and northern Vancouver Island. What’s going on in the Broughton Archipelago?

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Juvenile salmon swimming with Darwin’s first known sketch of an evolutionary tree layered on top

Wildlife

Tracking salmon viruses

DNA sequencing like that used to track COVID-19 helps scientists trace the origins of salmon pathogens in B.C.

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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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Science & Tech

Sounding the alarm: The AR experience that lets you “swim” with southern resident orca

Visitors can “swim” under the Salish Sea with holographic orca and learn about the noise pollution threatening the health of these endangered cetaceans

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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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Travel

Dispatches from Antarctica: Wilhelmina Bay

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Travel

Is Arctic tourism sustainable?

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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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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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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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bluefin, bluefin tuna documentary

Wildlife

Bluefin tuna in Atlantic Canada are no longer afraid of humans — and that’s a bad sign

A new documentary portrays the remarkable species as a symbol of a “precariously broken” ocean ecosystem

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Common sea star Mingan Archipelago

Places

The Mingan Archipelago: A land shaped by time

Raised from the sea, sculpted by tides and winds, the ever-changing Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve protects colossal monoliths and myriad species 

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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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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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Floe edge polar bear, Nunavut

Environment

Life at the Arctic floe edge

Welcome to the sinaaq, or floe edge, where landfast ice meets open Arctic Ocean and species thrive

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Toronto Zoo researchers using the Clam Counter app

Environment

When it comes to conservation research, are zoos and aquariums doing enough?

A new study finds zoos and aquariums in Canada are publishing more peer-reviewed research, but there is still more to be done

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Environment

517 species in Canada on global at-risk list

Vancouver Island marmot, blue whale and Ungava seal included in NatureServe Canada report

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A screenshot from a video showing a humpback whale breaching at close range

Wildlife

Humpback whale surprises B.C. kayakers with incredibly close breach

"John doesn't need a bathroom break anymore," quips a paddler offscreen

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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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Photo: Michael Nolan/First Light

Wildlife

Playing for belugas

Artists aim to connect with beluga whales through music

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Wildlife

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

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right whale

Wildlife

Researchers urge summer closures of two East Coast fishing grounds to protect North Atlantic right whale

Population of the endangered whale estimated at 525 

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endangered North Atlantic right whale

Wildlife

Environmental groups say emergency plan missing in new right whale protection measures

Only about 400 North Atlantic right whales remain in the wild

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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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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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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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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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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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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

Egyptian scientists discover new species of ancient four-legged whale

The predatory whale’s scientific name pays tribute to Anubis, the ancient Egyptian god of death

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A Canada lynx stands alert in the snow

Wildlife

Wildlife Wednesday: orca, wolves, skates, hares and pronghorns

Your weekly CanGeo round-up of wildlife news

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Wildlife

Marine mammals at risk as blooms of toxic algae expand northward

Researchers are concerned that climate change could mean prolonged toxic algae blooms are 'the new normal.'

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Wildlife

Arctic belugas infected by kitty litter disease

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moose alberta population app

Wildlife

Alberta app to track moose population across the province

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Wildlife

The Sound of Orcas

Listening to orcas helps researchers understand their behaviour

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Anguniaqvia niqiqyuam Marine Protected Area map

Wildlife

What to know about Canada’s newest marine protected area, Anguniaqvia niqiqyuam

Key facts and figures about this remote patch of the Beaufort Sea

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Wildlife

On the Rock, waiting for the roll

Writer Stephen Smith takes to Newfoundland’s shores in his quest to see the ‘capelin roll’ — the spawning spectacle of a tiny fish with a massive ecological, historical and cultural impact

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The spiny dogfish made history when it was certified as the world’s first sustainable shark fishery in 2011

Wildlife

The great green shark hunt 

Can British Columbia’s spiny dogfish make the grade as the world’s first “sustainable” shark fishery?

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Wildlife

Rescued baby whale’s struggle to survive

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Wildlife

10 surprising facts about Canada’s wildlife

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Mapping

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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Science & Tech

Vancouver Aquarium waiting to hear whether it could be banned from displaying live cetaceans

City’s park board to present a bylaw amendment that would ban the importation and display of whales, dolphins and porpoises

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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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