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What causes whale mass strandings?

Around 600 pilot whales recently became stranded on a New Zealand beach, around 400 of which died before volunteers could refloat them back into the sea. Sadly, this kind of mass whale stranding has occurred since human records ...

dateFeb 16, 2017 in Plants & Animals
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New tag revolutionizes whale research

A sophisticated new type of "tag" on whales that can record data every second for hours, days and weeks at a time provides a view of whale behavior, biology and travels never before possible, scientists from Oregon State ...

dateDec 23, 2016 in Ecology
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The evolution of the baleen in whales

Baleen whales, such as the gigantic 30m-long blue whale, are the largest animals that have ever lived on this planet. They even beat the largest of the dinosaurs. But, ironically, the secret to their success lies in their ...

dateNov 30, 2016 in Plants & Animals
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Whaling: The hunters and the hunted

Thirty years into a moratorium on commercial whaling, hundreds of the marine mammals, some endangered, are killed every year—some in open defiance of the ban, others in the name of scientific research.

dateOct 28, 2016 in Ecology
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What do sperm whales say?

When a team of researchers began listening in on seven sperm whales in the waters off the Azores, they discovered that the whales' characteristic tapping sounds serve as a form of individual communication. But what are they ...

dateJun 30, 2016 in Plants & Animals
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