whales

Whales Use Vocalizations to Mark Their Vocal Clan

Whales Use Vocalizations to Mark Their Vocal Clan

There are two types of whale: baleen — who have plates of a keratinous substance that sieve their prey from the sea; and toothed — who have teeth and hunt squid, fish and other sea creatures. The sperm whale is the largest species of toothed whale and can be found in all of Earth’s oceans, […]

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    In Comeback Moment, Up to 150 Fin Whales Spotted Feeding off Antarctica

    In Comeback Moment, Up to 150 Fin Whales Spotted Feeding off Antarctica

    In 1982, the International Whaling Commission (IWC) voted to ban the practice of commercial whaling that had driven several species to the brink of extinction, as The New York Times reported at the time.  Now, a new study published in Scientific Reports Thursday shows how that decision has borne fruit. The study reported the first […]

    Humpback Whale Named Valiant Chases Away Nine Threatening Orcas

    Humpback Whale Named Valiant Chases Away Nine Threatening Orcas

    Orcas are fearsome predators that have taken on everything from blue whales to great white sharks.  But one humpback whale named Valiant was able to turn the table on the aptly-named killer whales in an incident observed by whale watchers off of Canada’s Vancouver Island April 12.  “There’s something happening in front of us that […]

    Genetic Testing of Baby Whales Could Help Save Species, Scientists Say

    Genetic Testing of Baby Whales Could Help Save Species, Scientists Say

    Using genetic testing, scientists have learned that four critically endangered baby whales believed to be dead are actually alive. The discovery corrects what whale researchers previously thought about young North Atlantic right whales’ physical development and ability to be independent of their mothers, according to the lead author of the study. While genetic testing obviously […]