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Fossil Of Ancient Four-Legged Whale Found In Peru

Paleontologists unearthed fossils of a four-legged amphibious whale that lived during the Eocene period in what is now Peru. Peregocetus pacificus can travel well on both land and sea and are similar to modern otters and beavers.

Animals April 7, 2019

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

Japan Mulling Over Leaving Whaling Commission To Restart Commercial Whale Hunting

Japan’s Fisheries Agency revealed that they are planning to pull out of International Whaling Commission after unsuccessful campaigning within the group to restart hunting. The officials said that no final decision has been taken yet.

Earth/Environment December 24, 2018

Trainer Puts Lipstick On Beluga Whale To Make It Prettier

A marine park trainer was seen putting lipstick on a beluga whale to make it prettier for the park’s visitors. People, however, reacted negatively and condemned the park for the act.

Animals June 13, 2018

Japanese Hunters Massacre 122 Pregnant Whales During The Summer Of 2017

Japan is facing international criticism after the International Whaling Commission released a report that highlighted its 2017 annual whale expedition. The expedition team killed over 333 Antarctic minke whales last summer.

Animals May 30, 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

Size Does Matter: Why Aquatic Mammals Like Whales Need To Be Big, But Not Too Big

Whales and other aquatic mammals can only get big but not too big if they want to survive in the wild. Researchers from Stanford investigated why size matters for food hunting and metabolism.

Animals March 27, 2018

Twitter Sleuth Enlists Smithsonian To Solve Mystery Of Lone Black Woman Scientist In Old Photograph

Last week, Twitter went to work to find the identity of a single black woman scientist from a mysterious photograph from the 1970s. After days of going through various materials, the mystery of her identity was solved.

Viral March 19, 2018

Microplastic Pollution Threatens Giants Of The Ocean, Scientists Warn

Filter feeders such as whales and whale sharks ingest large amounts of microplastic as the ocean becomes increasingly polluted with plastic debris. What are the effects of plastic on these giant marine creatures?

Earth/Environment February 6, 2018

North Atlantic Right Whales Facing Extinction, Researchers Say

If no significant efforts are made, North Atlantic right whales could go extinct. A combination of vessel strikes and fishing gear entrapment, both of which involve humans, are killing this whale species.

Animals December 11, 2017

Why Do Bowhead Whales Keep Returning To Cumberland Sound, Nunavut? To Exfoliate, Of Course

Bowhead whales don't go to Cumberland Sound, Nunavut, only to feed but also to rub against the rocks to help remove their dead skin. The curious behavior of the marine mammals has been confirmed by way of an incidental observation.

Animals November 23, 2017

Whales And Dolphins Have Human-Like Societies Due To Big And Complex Brains

Cetaceans, which include whales and dolphins, have human-like societies. Scientists said that the social and cultural characteristics of these marine animals are due to having evolved big brains.

Animals October 17, 2017

Canadian Fisherman Killed By Whale Moments After Freeing It From Net

A fisherman in Canada was killed by a North Atlantic right whale that he had just helped rescue from entanglement. The man's fellow rescuers said he was struck just as the creature was about to swim away from them.

Animals July 13, 2017

What Are Narwhal Tusks For? Drone Footage Of The Toothed Whales Off Waters In Canada Offers Answer [Video]

Drone footage of narwhals confirms one theory about how they use their mysterious tusk. Watch how these toothed whales use their protruding tooth.

Animals May 13, 2017

Whale And Boat Collisions Happen More Commonly Than Thought: Study

Collisions between whales and boats are happening more frequently than previously believed, as evidenced by injury marks found on humpback whales. Almost 15 percent of whales coming to New England had scars of vessel strikes.

Animals April 24, 2017

Footage Shows Blue Whale Gulping Down Massive Krill Patch [Video]

Scientists from Oregon State University captured a video footage of a blue whale employing strategic feeding tactics on Krill patches off the coast of New Zealand. The drone footage proves blue whale feeding habit theories true.

Animals April 21, 2017

Rescuers Refloat About 100 Stranded Whales On New Zealand Beach

About 100 of the 400 beached whales in New Zealand have been refloated by rescuers. Some of the marine animals though may still come back to the beach.

Animals February 11, 2017

More Than 400 Beached Whales In New Zealand: What Caused The Mass Stranding?

New Zealand sees one of its worst mass stranding events, where more than 400 pilot whales washed up on a narrow stretch of land Friday. The mass beaching event on Feb. 10 has resulted in more than 250 dead whales.

Animals February 10, 2017

'Blackfish' Star, Famous SeaWorld Killer Whale Tilikum Dies

SeaWorld’s famous killer whale Tilikum passed away on Jan. 6 after a long illness. The whale’s death has triggered sorrow with many recalling the turbulent life the whale represented in its 36 years of life.

Animals January 10, 2017

New Baleen Whale Call Discovered In Mariana Trench

The mysterious sound researchers recorded in Mariana Trench is likely a new baleen whale call. The sound resembles the 'Star Wars' sound produced by dwarf minke whales in Australia.

Animals December 19, 2016

Source Of Mysterious Metallic Sound Heard In Mariana Trench Identified

Scientists have identified the possible source of the mysterious sound resembling that of 'Star Wars' sound effects heard in Mariana trench. Where does this bizarre noise come from?

Earth/Environment December 16, 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

Fossilized Ear Shows Ancient Toothed Whales' Ultrasonic Hearing Emerged Much Earlier

The ultrasonic hearing of ancient toothed whales may have emerged much earlier than believed, a new study revealed. A well-preserved fossilized ear provides insight on the matter.

Ancient August 4, 2016

Drone Technology Helps NOAA Scientists Study Whales Off Hawaii

Gathering data on whales and dolphins is often difficult because scientists have to be careful not to disturb the marine animals' behavior. Can the use of drone technology improve research?

Animals July 31, 2016

Meet The 'Raven': Scientists Discover New Whale Species In Bering Sea

The dead whale that washed ashore in Alaska's Bering Sea turns out to be a new whale species. For decades, Japanese fishermen have told stories about the 'karasu' or 'raven' but until now, there was no proof of it.

Animals July 28, 2016

US Court Rules Navy Sonar Used In 70 Percent Of World's Oceans Hurts Whales

A federal appeals court in the United States ruled that the Navy's use of sonar systems negatively affects marine life. Environmental advocates say these systems disrupt the mating and feeding of marine animals.

Animals July 19, 2016

Beaked Whale Found Washed Up On Australian Beach Could Be Evolutionary Throwback

Scientists found two extra teeth on a rare beaked whale that was washed up on a beach in South Australia. The discovery is believed to be an evolutionary throwback rather than a deformity.

Animals May 16, 2016

Ear Bone Fossil Points To Origins Of Dolphin Communications

The dolphins' ability to echolocate goes way back in time to about 26 million years ago, reveals a recent research. Ancient ancestors of the species were already equipped with echolocating capabilities.

April 15, 2016

Thar She Blows - Can Sperm Whales Ram Ships Like Moby Dick?

Sperm whales are said to have defended themselves against humans by ramming boats with their massive heads. Could stories like these, which inspired Moby Dick, actually be true?

Animals April 5, 2016

Researchers Discover Plastic, Man-Made Items Inside Stomach Of Dead Sperm Whales

Thirteen dead sperm whales were found in a coast of Germany earlier this year. A necropsy found a plastic bucket, parts of a car engine cover and fishing net inside the marine animals' stomach.

Animals March 30, 2016

Japan Slaughters 200 Pregnant Minkes In Latest Whaling Mission: Why The Japanese Hunt Whales

Japan on Thursday confirmed the killing of more than 300 minke whales in its latest Antarctic expedition. Despite international criticism, the country is undeterred, but why?

Animals March 27, 2016

Japan Whaling Fleet Kills More Than 300 Whales During Antarctic Hunt

Despite criticisms, Japan went ahead with hunting whales in the Antarctic. The ICR confirmed the whaling mission killed more than 300 whales, 200 of which were pregnant.

Animals March 24, 2016

SeaWorld Killer Whale Tilikum Is Very Sick

SeaWorld's killer whale Tilikum is very sick, the company has announced. The 35-year-old whale is said to have deteriorating health due to lung infection.

Earth/Environment March 8, 2016

Largest Population Of Rare Omura's Whale Found Off Madagascar Coast

Scientists found the biggest population of rare tropical Omura's Whale in Madagascar. The research gathered acoustic data and feeding behavior observations that could lead to new information about the elusive whale species.

March 5, 2016

Beluga Whales Tracked During Hunt Reveal Patterns Of Foraging

Beluga whales dive deep under water in the hunt for food, a new study reveals. During the hunt, a tag is attached to a whale in the wild.

February 14, 2016

Whales That Died On Scottish Beaches Found To Have Toxic Levels Of Mercury

Study found cadmium and mercury in the remains of whales that died on Scottish shores in 2012. The findings suggested that the concentrations of mercury in the seas could be increasing to a level that could add more toxic stress into the marine mammals.

Earth/Environment February 12, 2016

Pornhub Invites You To Watch More Porn This February To Save The Whales

Pornhub wants people to focus on a bigger type of majestic swimmers in its 'Save the Whales' campaign. Find out how people can help improve the lives of cetaceans through the porn streaming site.

Internet Culture February 11, 2016

Baby Sperm Whales Found Dead On A Beach May Have 'Got Lost': Expert

Dead baby sperm whales washed up on a beach near Skegness in England. Experts say the whales may have gotten lost during food search, causing the strandings.

Earth/Environment January 25, 2016

NOAA Facial Recognition Software May Help Save Right Whales

North Atlantic right whales are currently classified as endangered species. To help save these marine animals, scientists have developed a facial recognition software that can identify right whales in photos.

Animals January 24, 2016

Australia Threatens Legal Action Over Japan's Resumption Of Antarctic Whaling

Australia threatens to take Japan to court over its plans to once again hunt whales in the Southern Ocean. Commercial whaling has been banned since 1986; Japan says it conducts 'scientific whaling' under an exemption to that ban.

December 8, 2015

Migration Of Southern Right Whales 'Etched' In DNA

A new study found that genetics and migratory culture of southern right whales have a significant link. By studying the DNA etched in the whales' skin, experts were able to reveal new insights about the species' migration.

Animals November 10, 2015

Omura's Whale Caught On Camera For The First Time: What Makes This Marine Creature Special?

Omura's whales were classified as a new species only 12 years ago. Recent sightings of these marine mammals have proven their existence and uniqueness, but what makes these mammals special?

November 3, 2015

World's Rarest Species Of Whale Filmed For The First Time [Video]

Something big cannot stay hidden forever. Researchers released a video of rare Omura's whales captured on film for the first time in history.

Animals November 2, 2015

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

Paddleboarder Followed By Whales In Perfectly Timed Drone Video

Two curious whales approach a paddleboarder off the coast of Esperance, Australia. A local captures the entire encounter with his quadcopter and shares the video online.

Internet Culture October 7, 2015

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