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Humpback whales linger in Sitka Sound  PHYS.ORG · 21 hours
The Allen Marine tour boat pushed off the dock at the Sitka Crescent Harbor on a clear crisp October afternoon with University of Alaska Southeast researchers, alumni and supporters of the university in search of humpback... more
Whale experts call for rethink of global shipping routes to stop marine giants becoming 'roadkill'  PHYS.ORG · 23 hours
In a new report, researchers from Macquarie University are calling for a rethink of global shipping routes, to... more
Fraser River chinook critical to orcas are in steep decline, new research shows  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Fraser River chinook, one of the most important food sources for southern resident killer whales, are in steep decline and should be... more
Whales have worse than average year for entanglement in gear  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Federal officials say last year was slightly worse than average for the entanglement of large whales, which is a major threat to the animals' populations. more
Ancient whale from Oregon had neither teeth nor baleen, study reveals  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
A study reported in Current Biology on November 29 describes a 33-million-year-old fossil whale named Maiabalaena, which means "mother whale." The ancient whale from Oregon is... more
Oligocene-Epoch Whale Had Neither Teeth Nor Hair-Like Baleen  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
A team of U.S. paleontologists has described a remarkable new species of whale that lived about 33 million years ago... more
US approves seismic tests despite dolphin, whale concerns  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
The US government Friday took a big step toward opening oil and gas drilling in the Atlantic ocean by approving seismic airgun tests that experts warn are harmful to dolphins and whales. more
Trump said to advance seismic tests for oil in Atlantic waters  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
The Trump administration is taking a major step toward allowing a first-in-a-generation seismic search for oil and gas under Atlantic waters, despite protests that the geological... more
New Zealand whale strandings 'linked to ocean warming'  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
More than 50 beached pilot whales perished in New Zealand Friday, the latest in a spate of mass strandings this week that experts have linked to rising ocean temperatures. more
Whales lost their teeth before evolving hair-like baleen in their mouths  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Rivaling the evolution of feathers in dinosaurs, one of the most extraordinary transformations in the history of life was the evolution of baleen -- rows of... more
Ancient toothless whale was forerunner of modern cetacean giants  REUTERS · 2 weeks
A prehistoric 15-foot-long (4.5 meters) whale that sucked prey into its mouth represents a key missing puzzle piece... more
Whales lost their teeth before evolving hair-like baleen in their mouths  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Rivaling the evolution of feathers in dinosaurs, one of the most extraordinary transformations in the history of life was the evolution of baleen—rows of flexible hair-like... more
Whale songs' changing pitch may be response to population, climate changes  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Blue whales around the world are singing a little flat, and scientists may now have more clues as to the reason why. more
Whale songs' changing pitch may be response to population, climate changes  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Blue whales have been dropping pitch incrementally over several decades, but the cause has remained a mystery. A new study finds a seasonal variation in the... more
Mass Australian stranding leaves 28 whales dead  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Twenty-eight whales were found dead in the remote southeast of Australia Wednesday, following a mass stranding that has baffled experts. more
145 Pilot Whales Found Dead on Remote New Zealand Beach. Nobody Knows Why.  LIVE SCIENCE · 2 weeks
Up to 145 pilot whales stranded on a remote New Zealand beach and no one knows why. All of the whales eventually... more
New Zealand rescuers save six stranded whales  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Six beached whales were successfully refloated off New Zealand Tuesday, rescuers said, after a spate of mass strandings in recent days that resulted in the deaths of dozens of marine mammals. more
Clues sought for decline in Hawaii humpback whale sightings  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Researchers are convening this week to compare clues about a significant decline in the number of sightings of North Pacific humpback whales in their traditional breeding grounds off Hawaii. more
145 pilot whales die in stranding on New Zealand beach  CBC · 3 weeks
A mass stranding has killed 145 pilot whales from two pods on a remote south New... more
Scientists unlock structural secrets of whale baleen  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Chinese scientists working with other researchers have for the first time uncovered the underlying mechanisms of the hierarchical structure of whale baleen, with an eye toward developing advanced engineered materials. In a recent publication,... more
145 whales die on remote New Zealand beach  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Up to 145 pilot whales have died in a mass stranding in a remote part of New Zealand, with authorities saying Monday they made the "heart-breaking" decision to euthanise dozens that lay... more
Simulator helps experts understand how whales get entangled  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
A new simulator is letting scientists use a joystick to swim a virtual whale across a video screen. But this is no game—it's a serious attempt to better understand how the giant... more
Professors use whale earwax to reconstruct whale stress levels spanning 150 years  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
In a follow-up to their groundbreaking study, Baylor researchers were able to reconstruct baleen whales' lifetime stress response to whaling and other manmade and... more
Humpback whales found to compose new communal song every few years  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
A team of researchers from the University of Queensland and the University of St. Andrews has found that humpback whales abandon community songs every few years... more
Dead whale had 115 plastic cups, 2 flip-flops in its stomach  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
A dead whale that washed ashore in eastern Indonesia had a large lump of plastic waste in its stomach, including drinking cups, bottles and flip-flops, a... more
Humpback whales come to the Mediterranean to feed themselves  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
Although the presence of humpback whales in the Mediterranean has been considered unusual, it is known that their visits have increased in the last 150 years. A recent study indicates... more
Killer whales share personality traits with humans, chimpanzees  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
Killer whales display personality traits similar to those of humans and chimpanzees, such as playfulness, cheerfulness and affection, according to new research. more
A bigger nose, a bigger bang: Size matters for ecoholocating toothed whales  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
A new study sheds light on how toothed whales adapted their sonar abilities to occupy different environments. The study shows that as animals grew... more
A bigger nose, a bigger bang: Size matters for ecoholocating toothed whales  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
A new study sheds light on how toothed whales adapted their sonar abilities to occupy different environments. The study shows that as animals grew... more
Humpback whales arrive in the Mediterranean to feed themselves  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Although the presence of humpback whales in the Mediterranean has been considered unusual, it is known that their visits have increased in the last 150 years. Until now, there had... more
Killer whales share personality traits with humans, chimpanzees  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Killer whales display personality traits similar to those of humans and chimpanzees, such as playfulness, cheerfulness and affection, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association. more
Fin whale, mountain gorilla populations rise amid conservation action  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
The fin whale and mountain gorilla populations grew significantly due to efforts by conservationists to halt their descent towards extinction, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) said Wednesday. more
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Whale songs' changing pitch may be response to population, climate changes
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Watch humpback whales trick thousands of fish into becoming dinner
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Professors use whale earwax to reconstruct whale stress levels spanning 150 years
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Humpback whale songs undergo a ‘cultural revolution’ every few years
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