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Autopsy session at the Pelagis observatory

Thierry JAUNIAUX (University of Liège), Sophie LABRUT (LABOCEA) and Benjamin GUICHARD (French Office for Biodiversity), joined the PELAGIS Observatory team on 22, 23 and 24 February in order to carry out autopsies on 18 marine mammals, including 17 cetaceans (13 common dolphins, 2 blue and white dolphins, 1 bottlenose dolphin and 1 harbour porpoise) and…
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Argos seal monitoring in St Pierre & Miquelon

From 11 to 15 September, a team of a dozen people from mainland France and Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon set out to the waters of the archipelago to place Argos tags on five harbour seals (Phoca vitulina) and two grey seals (Halichoerus grypus). The aim of this scientific programme is to gain a better understanding of these marine…
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First case of stranding of a tropical rorqual whale in metropolitan France

On September 30th, while a fin whale was reported stranded in the Baie de Somme, a second animal of nearly 10m was found alive in the Baie des Veys (Channel). The latter, lying on the mud banks, is in real difficulty in a sector where the intervention is made all the more complicated by the…
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Why so many stranded whales?

Since the beginning of autumn 2020, the PELAGIS observatory has counted 7 whale strandings on the French Channel-Atlantic coast: 3 in the Channel, 4 in the Vendée and one in the Charente-Maritime, 6 are fin whales (+ 1 tropical whale see dedicated news) Each one was an adult or sub-adult fin whale (10 to 18…
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The Secretary of State for Biodiversity visiting Pelagis

On Thursday 17 December 2020, the PELAGIS Observatory of the University of La Rochelle received Mrs. Bérangère Abba, Secretary of State for Biodiversity for the Minister of Ecological Transition. The Observatory was able to present its activities in favour of marine mammal conservation in the presence of Mrs Stéphanie Thiébault, Director of the CNRS Ecology…
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