Latest Whale Stories
Newly discovered evidence that killer whales can hunt marine mammals during the nighttime has led scientists to suggest that the creatures can use their hearing to help locate prey.
A new study revealed genetic evidence of how whales evolved the ability to dive deep into the ocean for long periods of time and developed a specialized feeding system that uses baleen instead of teeth.
Humpback whales have exhibited a complex set of feeding techniques, including "trapping" krill and other prey within bubble nets produced by the whales and gulping up to two-thirds their weight in prey-laden water.
What could a 50 ton whale and a one gram bat have in common? They share a success story - both have developed the ability to use echolocation, a type of biological sonar, for hunting.
A new study has found that the Yangtze's finless porpoises may have trouble using sound to find their way through the river's dark, bustling waters.
The immune system of blue whales living in the Gulf of Mexico is as good as that of humans and other terrestrial mammals.
A group of scientists from Wildlife Conservation Society, the American Museum of Natural History, Columbia University, NOAA, and other groups are working to define separate groups and subspecies of the Bryde's whale.
Using “crittercams” and tagging technology, scientists have confirmed unique humpback whale feeding techniques performed along the ocean floor.
An independent scientific review panel has concluded that the mass stranding of approximately 100 melon-headed whales in the Loza Lagoon system in northwest Madagascar in 2008 was primarily triggered by acoustic stimuli, more specifically, a multi-beam echosounder system operated by a survey vessel contracted by ExxonMobil Exploration and Production (Northern Madagascar) Limited.
To learn more about the history of whales, scientists are analyzing their waxy earplugs to explore their chronological hormone levels and exposure to chemicals.
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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