Rosetta's 67P comet compared to everything, including the Death Star
We've seen a bunch of pictures comparing Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko with all kinds of cities and objects on Earth, but it's hard to put everything in perspective. Just how big is this thing? How big ...
Scientists sequence genome of bowhead whale—longest-lived mammal
Scientists at the University of Liverpool have sequenced the genome of the bowhead whale, estimated to live for more than 200 years with low incidence of disease.
Harpoonless Japanese whalers heading for Antarctic
Japanese whalers will set out for the Antarctic this week, but will leave their harpoons at home after the United Nations' top court last year ruled their annual hunt was illegal, the government said Tuesday.
Killer whales may have menopause so grandma can look after the kids
Killer whales are just one of three species – we're one of the others - that continue to live long after they've stopped reproducing. But scientists still don't know why these three alone evolved this unusual ...
Study: Ancient whale swam hundreds of miles up African river
A 22-foot beaked whale that apparently took a wrong turn up an African river about 17 million years ago may offer clues to the climate-change forces that shaped human evolution.
'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."
Whales as ecosystem engineers
"Consider the subtleness of the sea; how its most dreaded creatures glide under water, unapparent for the most part," wrote Herman Melville in Moby Dick. Today, we no longer dread whales, but their subtlety ...
Researchers discover rare new species of deep-diving whale
Researchers have identified a new species of mysterious beaked whale based on the study of seven animals stranded on remote tropical islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans over the past 50 years.
Killer whales living with bottlenose dolphins demonstrate cross-species vocal learning
From barks to gobbles, the sounds that most animals use to communicate are innate, not learned. However, a few species, including humans, can imitate new sounds and use them in appropriate social contexts. ...
New fossil rattles Moby Dick's family tree
Almost since the time of Melville's epic hunt, scientists have been fascinated by the remarkable attributes of the sperm whale and its kin, the smaller pigmy and dwarf whales. Capable of diving to great depths ...
Georgia Aquarium exhibits preserved sea creatures
The Georgia Aquarium is giving visitors the chance to peer inside the bodies of giant sea creatures.
Mass beaching fuels 'unscientific' Japan quake fears
The mass beaching of more than 150 melon-headed whales on Japan's shores has fuelled fears of a repeat of a seemingly unrelated event in the country—the devastating 2011 undersea earthquake that killed ...
Ancient New Zealand 'Dawn Whale' identified
University of Otago palaeontologists are rewriting the history of New Zealand's ancient whales by describing a previously unknown genus of fossil baleen whales and two species within it.
Research reveals bottom feeding techniques of tagged humpback whales in Stellwagen Bank Sanctuary
New NOAA-led research on tagged humpback whales in Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary reveals a variety of previously unknown feeding techniques along the seafloor. Rather than a single bottom feeding ...