Blue whales lack the ability to avoid cargo ships, says biologist
For millions of years, blue whales have cruised the world's oceans with hardly a care, their sheer size making them largely free from predator attacks. The downside to being the largest animals in history, ...
Gigantic whales have stretchy 'bungee cord' nerves
University of British Columbia (UBC) researchers have discovered a unique nerve structure in the mouth and tongue of rorqual whales that can double in length and then recoil like a bungee cord.
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 ...
Japan's whaling science under the microscope
When Japanese researchers said earlier this year that eating whale meat could help prevent dementia and memory loss, the news provoked snorts of derision—it couldn't be real science, went the retort.
Stranded humpback whale 'Johanna' had microplastics in her stomach
In the humpback whale that stranded end of 2012 and was publically called Johanna, microplastics were found. It is the first time that microplastics were encountered in the intestinal tract of a baleen whale. ...
New analysis of archived calls of North Atlantic right whales reveals distinctive traits
Human beings have unique voices—from the deep, resonating bass of James Earl Jones to the raspy melodies sung by Broadway star Carol Channing—and we routinely recognize individuals based solely on the ...
Beaked whales B-stroke for long dives
Foraging animals tread a narrow metabolic tightrope, rationing the energy they expend in the pursuit of food to make the most of a catch. And marine mammals that dive on a single breath of air have to be ...
A few dozen sei whales beached along south Chilean coast
Chilean officials said Friday that a few dozen endangered sei whales have been found beached along the South American country's southern coast.
Japan must stop killing of whales in the name of science
The illegitimate killing of whales in the name of science must be rejected, WWF says.
Iceland whale meat shipment to Japan sparks protests
Environmentalists reacted angrily Tuesday to a controversial shipment of fin whale meat to Japan by an Icelandic whaling company, saying it flouted international conservation agreements.
NASA satellite data helps protect endangered whales
Bruce Mate has been tagging blue whales since 1979. After 35 years, he has yet to lose his sense of wonder.
It's a happy Mother's Day for endangered right whales
For marine biologists at the New England Aquarium, it's a super-sized Mother's Day.
Ship may have hit whale found washed up near San Francisco
Scientists say a ship may have hit and killed a female humpback whale that washed up at a beach in the San Francisco Bay Area earlier this week.