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Documentary «Le Mériscope»

In August 2017, a documentary entitled “Le Mériscope” and lasting 30 minutes was broadcast on TVR7, a regional TV program in the Province of Québec. It’s an accurate portrait of our course program, the contaminant study and the project with the new research station. Our thanks go to the entire team of TVR7 for their…
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Flame Retardants in St. Lawrence Whales

The Mériscope team is very happy! After the second biopsy sampling season in the Marine Park and the St. Lawrence Estuary, we have five new minke whale biopsies to be analyzed in the framework of our contaminant study. These biopsies will allow us to learn more about the accumulation and effects of halogenated flame retardants…
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Blue Whales at the Krill Buffet – as Singles, Pairs and Trios

Six blue whales in one day, in an area of less than 50 square kilometers, that’s the kind of observation that has become less common in the St. Lawrence Estuary in the last ten years. It is a good indication that the krill buffet must be rewarding, since these whales are feeding on krill swarms…
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Mériscope Gets Airborne – With a Remotely Operated Multicopter Video Camera

22 Sept. 2015 – It’s the kind of stuff you are dreaming about as a marine biologist – a high-end camera drone. Recently, a generous sponsor provided the Mériscope with a Phantom Pro drone, equipped with a HD camera and a remote monitoring and controlling panel. The drone opens a whole range of exciting possibilities,…
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St. Lawrence Belugas: Portrait of an Endangered Population in Decline

A sad day for the beluga population of the St. Lawrence, with two dead belugas reported to the Marine Mammal Emergency Response Network of the St. Lawrence Estuary and adjacent gulf. Despite legal protection since 1979 and a comprehensive recovery strategy, the beluga population of the St. Lawrence has been steadily declining for a decade…
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Contaminants and Their Effects on Whales of the St. Lawrence

“Together we have the power to protect the ocean”: inspired by the theme of the World Oceans Day 2014, the Mériscope launches a multi-year research program on contaminants and their effects on minke whales and belugas of the St. Lawrence estuary, in close collaboration with other research groups, universities, Canadian federal authorities, and the Marine…
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New Research Station in Longue-Rive

Some of you may have heard it through the grape vine: the Mériscope has recently concluded a partnership agreement with the Municipality of Longue-Rive, laying the foundation for a permanent research station and an interpretation center in the former church of Sault-au-Mouton. The concept for the interpretation center combines an interactive and playful exhibition on marine ecosystems…
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Minke Whale Monitoring: Results of a Long-Term Study

In the framework of our minke whale monitoring project, the Mériscope team has analyzed the sighting data of the years 2001-2013. Two direct results of this study are a bachelor thesis at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich and the launch of our minke whale catalogue. We have also initiated a wide collaboration…
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International Polar Year 2012 Conference in Montreal

May 4, 2012 – The International Polar Year (IPY) 2012 From Knowledge to Action Conference was held in Montreal from April 22-27. This conference, together with the preceding workshop for polar educators, was clearly one of the most stimulating networking and learning experiences I have ever had. The IPY 2012 Conference brought together 3150 people from 45…
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Expo-Science 2012 in Bergeronnes, Québec

Feb. 4, 2012 – On February 2nd, the Expo-Science 2012 took place in Grandes Bergeronnes on the upper north shore of the St. Lawrence estuary. The exhibit, which was at its second edition this year, attracts some 300 students, the general public, and the media. As part of the Mériscope’s public outreach program, we have…
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