'Exceptionally rare' conjoined whales found in Mexico
Fishermen have found two conjoined gray whale calves in a northwestern Mexican lagoon, a discovery that a government marine biologist described as "exceptionally rare."
Japan whaling haul at 'record low'
The haul from Japan's whaling mission in the Southern Ocean was a "record low" this year, a government minister said, blaming "unforgivable sabotage" by activists.
Emerging whale shark 'crisis' in China
A study involving Murdoch University and Shandong University at Weihai has found distressing trends in the catch and trade of threatened whale sharks in China.
Japan whaling fleet leaves port for Antarctica
Japanese whaling vessels left port Friday bound for the Southern Ocean on their annual hunt for the huge marine mammals, a media report and Greenpeace said.
Newly discovered sensory organ in the chin of baleen whales allows them to be world's largest hunters
Lunge feeding in rorqual whales (a group that includes blue, humpback and fin whales) is unique among mammals, but details of how it works have remained elusive. Now, scientists from the Smithsonian Institution ...
Pilot whales use synchronised swimming when they sense danger
An international team of scientists have observed the behaviour of various groups of cetaceans in the Strait of Gibraltar and Cape Breton in Canada belonging to the Globicephala melas species, which are also ...
Genetic study pursues elusive goal: How many humpbacks existed before whaling?
Scientists from Stanford University, the Wildlife Conservation Society, the American Museum of Natural History, and other organizations are closing in on the answer to an important conservation question: ...
Hong Kong bans shark fin at official banquets
Hong Kong's government said Friday it would stop serving shark fin at official functions as "a good example", following years of lobbying by conservation groups.
Iceland to resume disputed fin whale hunt in June
Iceland plans to resume its disputed commercial fin whale hunt in June with a quota of at least 154 whales, the head of the only company that catches the giant mammals said Saturday.
Baleen whales hear through their bones
Understanding how baleen whales hear has posed a great mystery to marine mammal researchers. New research by San Diego State University biologist Ted W. Cranford and University of California, San Diego engineer ...
Fossil shows fish had sucker on its back
(Phys.org) —A 30-million-year-old fossil has revealed how remoras – also called sharksuckers – evolved the sucker that enables them to stick to other fish and 'hitch a ride'.
Australia expecting massive whale watching season
Australia marked the start of its whale-watching season Wednesday with predictions that some 4,000 of the giant animals will be spotted as they make their way along the coast during winter.
French move boosts shark sanctuaries
Green campaigners on Friday hailed a decision by France that they said would create the world's biggest shark sanctuary.
Ocean sound: The Oregon Coast rules when it comes to ambient noise
For more than a year, scientists at Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center deployed a hydrophone in 50 meters of water just off the coast of Newport, Ore., so they could listen to the natural ...