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Whales may owe their efficient digestion to millions of tiny microbes

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A study by NSF-funded researchers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution shows that the microbial communities inside whales may play an important…
Ships are disturbing communication and socialization between humpback whales

November 28, 2019

Humpback whales are social animals. They typically stay alone, but sometimes gather in small groups, which separate after…
Researchers report first recording of a blue whale’s heart rate

November 26, 2019

Encased in a neon orange plastic shell, a collection of electronic sensors bobbed along the surface of the…
Using drones, GoPros to track gray whale behavior, and spot their poop, off Oregon Coast

November 19, 2019

Using drones deployed in the air and GoPros underwater, Oregon State University marine ecologist Leigh Torres recently completed her fourth…
Humpback whale population on the rise after near miss with extinction

October 23, 2019

A population of humpback whales in the South Atlantic has rebounded from the brink of extinction. Intense pressure…
How long does a whale feed? New data gives insight into blue and fin whale behavior

September 12, 2019

Researchers using electronic tags were able to monitor blue and fin whales off the coast of Southern California…
Modeling predicts blue whales’ foraging behavior, aiding population management efforts

July 18, 2019

Scientists can predict where and when blue whales are most likely to be foraging for food in the…
Climate change may be putting beluga whales out of their depths

June 12, 2019

An international team of researchers involving the University of Liverpool has found that the physical condition of beluga…
Fossil barnacles, the original GPS, help track ancient whale migrations

March 27, 2019

Barnacles that hitch rides on the backs of humpback and gray whales not only record details about the…
Climate link between krill and whale populations uncovered

February 27, 2019

The abundance of krill could influence future whale populations in the Southern Hemisphere such as Blue, Southern Right…
Migrating blue whales rely on memory more than environmental cues to find prey

February 26, 2019

Blue whales reach their massive size by relying on their exceptional memories to find historically productive feeding sites…
How pygmy whales were affected by historical climate change

January 24, 2019

In one of the latest posts here, we described to you a new discovery of giant ancient killer whales…
Ancient killer whale snacked on fish, sharks, and…other whales

January 15, 2019

The fossil record of ancient whales is incredible, revealing to us how these sea-swimming giants evolved from their…
Far-ranging fin whales find year-round residence in Gulf of California

January 11, 2019

Researchers from Mexico and the United States have concluded that a population of fin whales in the rich…
Humpback whale songs simplified during ‘cultural revolutions’

November 23, 2018

Humpback whales sing increasingly complex songs, but University of Queensland researchers have discovered they may suddenly switch to…
Beluga whales and narwhals go through menopause

August 28, 2018

Scientists have discovered that beluga whales and narwhals go through the menopause – taking the total number of…
Tantalising evidence links deep-diving whales to areas targeted for deep-sea mining

August 23, 2018

A new study led by the University of Southampton and the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) has revealed a…
Doing Right by the Whales

June 19, 2018

These are not good times for the North Atlantic right whale. Ship strikes and gear entanglement play major…
Stanford researchers learn why aquatic mammals need to be big, but not too big

April 10, 2018

Anyone who has witnessed majestic whales or lumbering elephant seals in person would be forgiven for associating ocean…
Beluga whales dive deeper, longer to find food in Arctic

February 23, 2018

Reductions in sea ice in the Arctic have a clear impact on animals such as polar bears that…
Recordings Spout Secrets behind Blue Whale Behavior

February 14, 2018

Researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego are using underwater microphones to…
SPA for whales – incredible video shows bowhead whales exfoliating in Canada’s Arctic

November 25, 2017

There is a beauty procedure many people use to rejuvenate their skin and make themselves look and feel…
Scientists discover most blue whales are “right-handed” – except when they swim upward

November 21, 2017

A team of scientists that used motion-sensing tags to track the movements of more than five dozen blue…
Whales Under Pressure

October 31, 2017

When 15 North Atlantic right whales turned up dead in U.S. and Canadian waters in the summer of…
Sound and Color: Reducing fatal collisions between ships and whales

October 17, 2017

The blue whale is the largest animal known ever to have existed — bigger even than dinosaurs —…
New study suggests that sperm whales travel together, dine alone

September 13, 2017

Sperm whales have long been known to be highly social creatures and a new study confirms that when…
Are blue whales finding new “microphone channel” to communicate in?

August 23, 2017

For the past two decades, scientists have documented a gradual lowering of the frequency of blue whale calls…
Whales turn tail at ocean mining noise

August 17, 2017

A new international study has measured the effect of loud sounds on migrating humpback whales as concern grows…
Study shows high pregnancy failure in southern resident killer whales; links to nutritional stress and low salmon abundance

July 3, 2017

A multi-year survey of the nutritional, physiological and reproductive health of endangered southern resident killer whales suggests that…
New video shows how blue whales employ strategy before feeding

April 19, 2017

Blue whales didn’t become the largest animals ever to live on Earth by being dainty eaters and new…
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