Tag: Humpback Whales

Fossil Barnacles Reveal Modern Whales Follow Migration Routes Of Their Ancestors

Thousands of years ago, barnacles served as prehistoric GPS trackers that recorded the travel of whales. Through these sticky crustaceans, scientists revealed that ancient and modern-day whales followed similar migration routes.

Ancient March 26, 2019

Shipping Noise Makes Male Humpback Whales Change Their Song: Study

The main source of ocean noise in recent years is presumed to be commercial ships. There is concern over its effects on marine animals, particularly in cetaceans that rely on sound for many things.

Animals October 28, 2018

34-million-year-old Skull From Antarctica Reveals Baleen Whales Had Teeth And Gums

A discovery of an ancient skull belonging to the Llanocetus denticrenatus revealed that whales used to have teeth and gums and behaved as vicious predators. Further analysis suggested that baleens of today’s whales have developed following a complex evolutionary process.

Animals May 12, 2018

Was A Humpback Whale Knowingly Trying To Protect A Diver From Shark Attack?

A marine biologist's exceptional close encounter with a humpback whale has many amazed and others skeptical. Were the whale's motive purely altruistic or something else altogether?

Animals January 12, 2018

Young Whale Stranded In California Harbor Finds Way Out

A 30-foot-long humpback whale got stranded in Ventura Harbor in California this weekend. The good news is it was able to make its way out without dying our incurring any apparent injury, according to authorities.

Animals May 22, 2017

NOAA Investigates Unusual Humpback Whale Die Off In The East Coast

The NOAA is declaring last year’s unusually high humpback whale die off as an ‘unusual mortality event.’ The declaration is prompting immediate action and expert investigation.

Animals April 28, 2017

Baby Humpback Whales ‘Whisper’ To Mom To Avoid Predation: Listen Here

A study on humpback whales by ecologists from Denmark and Australia has revealed that baby whales communicate with their mothers in whispers to avoid the risk of attention from predators and other mating whales.

Animals April 26, 2017

Humpback Whales Gathering In Groups: Researchers Try To Find Why

Scientists have been perplexed by the strange behavior which has been witnessed among humpback whales. Researchers are trying to determine why large groups of these whales have been gathering near the South African coast to feed.

Animals March 17, 2017

Unusual Sighting: Humpbacks Prove Not So Solitary And Display Peculiar Hunting Strategy

Humpback whales have been seen gathering in large numbers to feed in the waters of Benguela. This behavior is highly unusual and suggests these creatures are not as solitary as once thought.

Animals March 16, 2017

Intriguing Behavior: Humpbacks Form Enigmatic 'Whale Wave' On BC Coast

Humpback whales were seen moving in a mysterious wave pattern near the Kitimat fjord. Researchers believe this unusual behavior has a lot to do with their social interactions.

Animals March 16, 2017

Genetic Study Proves Urgent Need To Protect Humpback Whales In The Arabian Sea

The number of humpback whales in the Arabian Sea still reveals a smaller population compared to those in other regions. The widest genetic study on the marine mammal seeks to provide better understanding to help in formulating marine conservation laws.

Animals January 11, 2017

Most Humpback Whales To Be Removed From Endangered Species List: NOAA

NOAA has removed 14 whale populations from its list of endangered species. Despite reaching dangerously low levels in the past, the animals are now recovering thanks to conservation efforts in the past 40 years.

Animals September 7, 2016

Why Do Humpback Whales Save Seals, Sunfish From Killer Whales?

Are humpback whales just 'accidental defenders' of smaller marine creatures or are they naturally inclined toward helping others? A new study attempts to find out.

Animals August 8, 2016

Juvenile Humpback Whale Dies After Getting Stranded In West Seattle

A baby whale stranded on the shore of West Seattle died despite the efforts of beachgoers and rescuers to save it. Marine experts have yet to determine the young animal's cause of death.

Animals August 8, 2016

Scientists Baffled By Failure Of Humpback Whales To Return To Hawaiian Waters

The unusual absence of humpback whales’ annual winter migrations to Hawaiian waters has puzzled researchers. El Niño effects on ocean waters may be a factor, they said.

Earth/Environment January 5, 2016

California Rescuers Free Humpback Whale Entangled In Fishing Line

California marine experts attempted to free a humpback whale that was entangled in a commercial fishing line. In a rescue mission, the team from NOAA followed the marine animal to save it from potential death.

Animals November 1, 2015

Humpback Whales In Norway Seen Playing Under Northern Lights [Video]

Stunning images of humpback whales hunting for food under the northern lights in Norway have been captured by a local journalist while testing his equipment. The man, who works for a Norwegian broadcasting company, said that the marine mammals appeared to be playing under the brightly colored sky.

Earth/Environment October 10, 2015

Humpback Whales Return To Long Island Sound After Long Hiatus

Surprise sightings of humpback whales in Long Island Sound have been delighting boaters and enthusiasts. According to experts, the unexpected observations were due to the presence of baitfish and the enforcement of marine protective laws.

Earth/Environment September 28, 2015

Migaloo The White Whale Spotted Off The Coast Of New Zealand

Migaloo, the famous white whale, which often cruises eastern Australia's coastline this time of the year, was spotted in the waters of Cook Strait in New Zealand.

July 7, 2015

Biologists Stumped After Finding Second Beached Whale Near San Francisco

Another beached whale — this time a humpback whale — has been discovered in San Francisco, and biologists still have no clue as to what’s happening. However, some experts suspect a collision with ships.

Earth/Environment May 6, 2015

NOAA Says Many Humpback Whale Species No Longer Threatened

NOAA has submitted a proposal to remove humpback whales from the endangered species list. Humpback whales population has grown a steady 7 percent annually.

Earth/Environment April 21, 2015

Humpback Whale Entangled In Fishing Line In Hawaii Finally Cut Loose

Rescuers manage to get close enough to cut away hundreds of feet of heavy crab fishing line, officials say. Entanglement could have caused the whale to drown or starve, they say.

Earth/Environment February 23, 2015

Marine Authorities Attempting To Untangle Humpback Whale From Fishing Line

With its tail caught in some line, a humpback whale in Hawaii is facing a number of dangers. Efforts are underway, however, to untangle the mammal as soon as possible.

Earth/Environment February 18, 2015

Man Fails To Notice Nearby Whale Due To Fiddling With Phone

Have you ever felt like life was just passing you by? If you were this man in California, life just passed and you completely missed it because of your phone.

Earth/Environment February 5, 2015

Humpback Whales 'Sing Like a Choir' for Festive Dinner in Pitch-Black Ocean

Humpback Whales do not just sing to communicate with other whales. New study reveals their singing also play an important role when they hunt for prey at the bottom of the sea.

Animals December 19, 2014

Humpback Whales Becoming More and More Common in Waters Around New York City

Make way for Manhattan’s newest guests! Humpback whale numbers are the biggest they’ve been in years, reaching up to 87 sightings in 2014.

Earth/Environment December 15, 2014

Isolation of Arabian Sea Humpback Whales for 70,000 Years Baffles Scientists

A certain population of the humpback whale really, really, really likes the Arabian Sea, choosing to stay in the same place for tens of thousands of years.

Earth/Environment December 4, 2014

Alaska humpback whales making a healthy comeback

Alaska petition asks federal government to take humpback whales off endangered species list. Petition cites recovery of Pacific populations of the whales.

Earth/Environment June 26, 2014

Humpback whales show up in hordes off Massachusetts, delight whale watchers

Humpback whales return to Massachusetts water to take advantage of abundant food, scientists say. The number of sightings is up over previous years.

Animals May 25, 2014

Whales and ships heading for collision in Bering Strait, fear scientists

Whales and ships are on a collision course in the Bering Strait. How much danger are the marine mammals in, and what can be done to protect them?

Earth/Environment February 27, 2014

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