Anaïs Remili

Anaïs is the founder of Whale Scientists. She is a PhD student at McGill University working on killer whale ecology and pollution. You can read more about her here.

Is this beluga whale a Russian spy?

Hvaldimir’s story Some of you might have heard of Hvaldimir, the “Russian spy” beluga. Maybe you even heard of him without knowing his name. This beluga whale (Delphinapterus leucas) has become quite famous in Northern Norway. He was found on April 26th, 2019, in a little fjord called Tufjord, on an island off the northern […]

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Noise from military activities hurt deep-diving whales

Noise in the ocean comes from different sources. Some are natural (seismic activity, tectonic movements), and some are human-made like sonars, underwater bombs, etc. Deep diving whales rely on echolocation to hunt for their prey. The noise from human activities can affect these whales in quite extreme ways. In this post, we will talk about

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What it’s like working on a PhD from home (COVID-19)

Hello everybody, it’s Anaïs, writing from Montréal, Canada. Quebec just rose to 40 000+ COVID-19 cases between early March and early May. We are under non-strict confinement which basically means social distancing and working from home. McGill University closed its doors mid-march. I have now been working on my PhD from home for six weeks

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The sperm whale’s impressive body

The sperm whale or Physeter macrocephalus is one of our favorite animals on earth. This fascinating whale is one of the most recognizable with its square-shaped head. It looks like it comes from another world. First, the name, “sperm whale,” resulted from whalers misinterpreting the function of the “spermaceti” oil in the forehead of the

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What are the main threats affecting baleen whales?

You have probably seen it at least once on the news. There are a lot of accidents happening with baleen whales. Worldwide reports of ship strikes (when a boat runs into a whale) and entanglement increase every year. It makes me sad because baleen whales are still recovering from the intensive industrial whaling that went

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How to find an internship / volunteering experience?

It can be incredibly difficult and frustrating to find a summer internship or a volunteering position. We have been there and we definitely feel your pain. However, we want to give you some of our personal tips, strategies that have worked for us over the years. Internships and volunteering are for the most part unpaid

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So you want to become a whale scientist? 10 tips to aspiring marine mammalogists

The idea of working on whales and dolphins fascinates most people. And when I talk to people about what I do, I see their eyes twinkle with excitement. I usually spend the next few minutes answering crazy questions about whales or dolphins. And since I am crazy passionate about my research and cetaceans as a

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