Latest Whale Stories
An ancient whale skull is revealing new information about the birthplace of humanity and the role that climate change played in human evolution, researchers from the University of Potsdam in Germany and colleagues from Kenya and the US report in a new study.
Anomalocaridids, the early ancestors of modern-day day shrimp, were massive creatures that grew to be more than six feet long and looked more like baleen whales than the crustaceans they would eventually evolve into, researchers claim in a new study.
Once they undergo menopause and their reproductive cycles come to an end, older female killer whales help lead the rest of their pod and direct them to the best food sources, a new study finds.
Scientists that track grey whale migrations along the western coast of North America are always looking for more efficient ways to track their subjects and a new set of thermal imaging cameras could help them do just that.
When research biologist Brittany Hancock-Hanser came upon the scene of a killer whale attack, the only thing she found left of the victim was a heart, some lungs and a bunch of oil. It was a classic case of "Who Bit the Dust?"
Be quiet in the ocean; whales can hear you. Scientists have discovered that baleen whales can hear through their very bones, and this discovery could be a massive help in whale conservation efforts.
Whale sharks, the biggest fish in the ocean, now are protected by NOAA and, if netted, must be released unharmed.
By measuring hormone in tissues comprised from keratin, researchers from the New England Aquarium in Boston and North Slope Borough in Alaska are hoping to find a way to study the physiological condition and reproductive activity of bowhead whales.
Killer whale biologists believe that at least one orca acted as a midwife during the recent birth of a calf. The birth of the calf was confirmed by Ken Balcomb of the Center for Whale Research.
The decade long study found that humpback whales do indeed use these “tick-tock” pulse noises when they hunt in groups at night in the almost total darkness of deep water.
Cetology is a branch of marine mammal science that studies about eighty species of dolphins, whales, and porpoise, all of which are classified within the Cetacea order. Cetologists, who practice cetology, work to understand the distribution, development, behavior, and other aspects of cetaceans. The study of cetaceans began in the Classical era. About 2,300 years ago, Aristotle documented details about some cetacean species, calling them mammals, while traveling on the Aegean Sea with...
Dall’s porpoise (Phocoenoides dalliz) can only be found in the North Pacific, with a range that includes the Sea of Japan and the Okhotsk and Bering Seas. This range extends to southern California in the east and to the southern waters of Japan in the west. When normal weather patterns change and waters become colder, this species can be found in in Baja, California, specifically in Scammon's Lagoon, and strays can occasionally be found in the Chukchi Sea. It prefers to reside in cold...
The North Atlantic right whale (Eubalaena glacialis), also known as the black right whale or the northern right whale, is one of three right whales in the Eubalaena genus. It can be found in a small population of about 396 individuals in the western North Atlantic. If it does occur in the eastern North Atlantic, experts assert that it only numbers in the tens, making it nearly extinct in that area. This species migrates into the western North Atlantic to feed in the spring, summer, and fall...
The Giglioli’s Whale was discovered by zoologist Enrico Hillyer Giglioli on September 4, 1867, 1200 miles of the coast of Chile. He did not recognize the whale as any known species. It was observed for 15 minutes swimming close to his ship. Giglioli described the whale as being 60 feet long with an elongated body and having two dorsal fins 6.5 feet apart. No other known species of whale has two dorsal fins. It had long sickle-shaped flippers and lacked furrows under the throat....
The Antarctic minke whale (Balaenoptera bonaerensis), also known as the southern minke whale, is one of two minke whales within the Mysticeti suborder, which contains baleen and rorqual whales. It can be found in every ocean in the southern hemisphere, residing in Antarctic waters in the summer months and northern waters in the winter months, where its range overlaps that the smaller common minke whale. The Antarctic minke whale was once classified with the common minke whale as a single...
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