Latest Humpback Whale Stories

2009-10-14 09:00:00

After 15 years of research in the waters of the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans, scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society, the American Museum of Natural History, and an international coalition of organizations have unveiled the largest genetic study of humpback whale populations ever conducted in the Southern Hemisphere.

2009-09-29 17:31:04

Authorities in Virginia said locals are flocking to see an unlikely and smelly attraction -- the rotting corpse of a 25-foot humpback whale. The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center's Stranding Response Program said the carcass, which was first noticed bobbing Saturday in the Chesapeake Bay and beached Monday in the York River near Gloucester Point, is radiating a powerful rotting stench that can be detected for blocks inland, the Newport News (Va.) Daily Press reported Tuesday....

2009-07-24 09:05:00

Australian scientists have captured a humpback whale on film helping a newborn calf take what looks like is its first breath, which is a rare event often described as the "Holy Grail" for whale-watchers.

2009-06-26 12:55:00

A US fisheries expert and outgoing chair of the IWC proposed that ending the commercial hunting ban on whales could actually benefit whale conservation efforts.

2009-06-24 06:25:00

Environmentalists are infuriated by a Danish request for consent to continue hunting humpback whales of the coast of Greenland.

2009-06-17 06:35:00

Environmentalists made their opinions known at a key meeting on Tuesday involving plans to resume the hunting of humpback whales, which went under a moratorium protection over 40 years ago.

2009-06-16 12:15:50

Members of a Rhode Island beach association hope a dead humpback whale will wash up in time to be decently buried before the beach opens for the summer. The whale has been drifting towards Briggs Beach in Little Compton for more than a week, the Providence Journal reported.

2009-05-18 11:05:00

Endangered blue whales are making a comeback in Alaskan waters after nearly being wiped out by commercial hunters decades ago.

2009-05-12 07:30:00

Scientists have documented the first known migration of blue whales from the coast of California to areas off British Columbia and the Gulf of Alaska since the end of commercial whaling in 1965.

2009-04-14 21:06:44

Blue whales, the largest animals ever to have lived on Earth and now one of the rarest, have reappeared off the western coast of Canada. Scientists say that the whales may have come back because krill, the microscopic shrimp they eat, has become less common in California waters, The Vancouver Province reported.

Latest Humpback Whale Reference Libraries

2006-07-17 18:08:49

The Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) is a mammal, which belongs to the baleen whale suborder. It is a large whale: an adult usually ranges between 40"“50 ft (12"“16 m) long and weighs approximately 79,000 pounds (36,000 kilograms, or 36 tons. It is well known for its breaching (leaping out of the water) and its unusually long front fins. The Humpback Whale lives in oceans and seas around the world, and is regularly sought out by whale-watchers. Feeding The Humpback Whale...

2006-07-12 15:22:14

Right whales are baleen whales belonging to the family Balaenidae. There are four species in two genera: Eubalaena (three species) and Balaena (one species, the Bowhead Whale, also called the Greenland Right Whale). Right whales can grow to 60 ft long and weigh up to 100 metric tons. Their bodies are mostly black, with distinctive white Calluses (skin abrasions) on their heads. They are called "right whales" because whalers thought the whales were the "right" ones to catch. The Right Whale...

2006-07-12 15:07:29

The Minke Whale or Lesser Rorqual is a marine mammal belonging to the suborder of baleen whales. The Minke Whale was first identified by Lacepede in 1804. Taxonomy Most modern classifications split the Minke Whale into two species; the Common or Northern Minke Whale and the Antarctic or Southern Minke Whale. Taxonomists further categorize the Common Minke Whale into two or three subspecies; the North Atlantic Minke Whale, the North Pacific Minke Whale and Dwarf Minke Whale. All Minke...

2006-07-12 14:03:34

The Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus) is a marine mammal that is in the suborder of baleen whales. At up to 30 meters (100 feet) in length and 140 tons or more in weight, it is believed to be the largest animal ever to have lived on Earth. Blue Whales were abundant in most oceans around the world until the beginning of the twentieth century. For the first 40 years of the twentieth century they were hunted by whalers almost to extinction. Hunting of the blue whale was outlawed by the...

2006-07-12 13:11:55

The Fin Whale (Balaenoptera physalus), also called the Finback Whale and belongs to the baleen whales suborder. It is the second largest whale and also the second largest animal currently living. The Fin whale can grow to 85 ft (26 m) long. The fin Whale can be found worldwide and in Europe is readily seen in the Bay of Biscay. Taxonomy The Fin Whale is a close relative of the Blue Whale. The differences began to occur between 3 and 5 million years ago. Hybrids between the two...

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