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Attempted Whale Shark Mating Caught on Camera for the First Time in History  LIVE SCIENCE · 2 days
Nobody knows how whale sharks have sex, but these world-first aerial photos provide some big clues. more
Whales freed from Russia 'jail' head to sea in trucks  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Whales captured to perform in aquariums and held in cramped pens in far eastern Russia on Friday were journeying in trucks back to their home waters after President... more
Study: Lethal plastic trash now common in Greece's whales  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
A study of whales and dolphins that have washed up dead in Greece over a 20-year period has found alarmingly high levels of plastic trash—mostly bags—in the animals' stomachs, which... more
Marine Biologists Identify First Narwhal-Beluga Hybrid  SCI-NEWS.COM · 5 days
Narwhals (Monodon monoceros) and beluga whales (Delphinapterus leucas) are medium-sized toothed whales and the sole representatives of the Monodontidae family. They are the only... more
Rot in peace: Sites lacking for whale corpses amid die-off  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
So many gray whales are dying off the U.S. West Coast that scientists and volunteers dealing with the putrid carcasses have an urgent request for coastal residents: Lend... more
Russia to release 100 illegally captured whales  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Russian officials have launched an operation to release nearly 100 illegally captured whales whose confinement in Russia's far east has become a rallying cry for environmentalists. more
Narwhals and belugas can interbreed  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
A team of researchers has compiled the first and only evidence that narwhals and beluga whales can breed successfully. DNA and stable isotope analysis of an anomalous skull from the Natural History Museum of Denmark has allowed researchers... more
Mother sperm whale and baby dead in fishing net off Italy  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
A mother sperm whale and its baby have died after becoming tangled in a fishing net in the Tyrrhenian Sea off Italy's western coast, an Italian... more
DNA confirms a weird Greenland whale was a narwhal-beluga hybrid  SCIENCE-NEWS · 6 days
DNA analysis of a skull indicates that the animal had a narwhal mother and beluga father. more
Researchers confirm that narwhals and belugas can interbreed  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
A team of University of Copenhagen researchers has compiled the first and only evidence that narwhals and beluga whales can breed successfully. DNA and stable isotope analysis of an anomalous skull from... more
Captive beluga whales make epic journey from China to Iceland sanctuary  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Two beluga whales from a Shanghai aquarium arrived in Iceland on Wednesday to live out their days in a unique marine sanctuary that conservationists hope will... more
Scientists record singing by rare right whale for first time  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
Federal marine biologists have recorded singing by one of the rarest whales on the planet. more
NOAA Fisheries biologists record singing by rare right whale  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
Scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration say they have recorded singing by a rare right whale for the first time. more
Researchers create virtual model based on recovered blue wall  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Researchers at Dalhousie have scanned the skeleton of a young blue whale, giving them a trove of data on the endangered marine giant and creating a unique virtual 3D model... more
Climate change may be putting beluga whales out of their depths  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
An international team of researchers has found that the physical condition of beluga whales affects their capacity to store oxygen in their blood and muscle tissues,... more
Canada bans capture and breeding of dolphins, whales  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Canada's parliament on Monday approved a bill banning the capture and breeding of cetaceans such as whales and dolphins in a move hailed by animal rights activists. more
First dead endangered right whale of 2019 spotted in Canada waters  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
The first dead critically endangered North Atlantic right whale of 2019 has been spotted in Canada's Gulf of Saint Lawrence, the fisheries and oceans department said... more
New sub-species of pilot whale identified in Pacific Ocean  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
Short-finned pilot whales are found over a wide swath of the world's oceans, with habitats in the Indian, and Pacific, and North Atlantic oceans. Despite this wide distribution, the whales... more
Feds declare emergency as gray whale deaths reach highest level in nearly 20 years  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Alarmed by the high number of gray whales that have been washing up dead on West Coast beaches this spring,... more
New orca calf reported in southern resident J pod  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
A new calf has been born to J pod, Canadian whale-watch companies were reporting Friday. more
More Than 70 Gray Whales Dead in 6 Months, and Scientists Don't Understand Why  LIVE SCIENCE · 3 weeks
It's been almost 20 years since scientists have seen this many gray whales in such a short period of time. more
New sub-species of pilot whale identified in Pacific Ocean  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Short-finned pilot whales are found over a wide swath of the world's oceans, with habitats in the Indian, and Pacific, and North Atlantic oceans. Despite this wide distribution, the whales... more
U.S. biologists probe deaths of 70 emaciated gray whales  REUTERS · 4 weeks
U.S. government biologists have launched a special investigation into the deaths of at least 70 gray whales washed... more
Feds to investigate spike in gray whale deaths on West Coast  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
U.S. scientists will investigate why an unusual number of gray whales are washing up dead on West Coast beaches. more
Plastic poisons ocean bacteria propping up the marine food chain  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
We've all seen the impact of our plastic addiction. It's hard to miss the devastating images of whales and sea birds that have died with their stomachs full... more
Link to stress, health of whales might be in giant mouths  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Whale researchers in New England believe they've found a new way to measure the amount of stress felt by whales when they experience traumas such as... more
All ears: Genetic bases of mammalian inner ear evolution  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
Mammals have also a remarkable capacity in their sense of hearing, from the high-frequency echolocation calls of bats to low frequency whale songs. Assuming that these adaptations have a root... more
Climate driving new right whale movement  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
New research connects recent changes in the movement of North Atlantic right whales to decreased food availability and rising temperatures in Gulf of Maine's deep waters. Right whales have been showing up in unexpected places in... more
Climate driving new right whale movement  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
New research connects recent changes in the movement of North Atlantic right whales to decreased food availability and rising temperatures in Gulf of Maine's deep waters. Right whales have been showing up in unexpected places in... more
All ears: Genetic bases of mammalian inner ear evolution  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Mammals have adapted to live in the darkest of caves and the deepest oceans, and from the highest mountains to the plains. Along the way, mammals have also adapted a... more
High-tech fishing gear could help save critically endangered right whales  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Many fish, marine mammals and seabirds that inhabit the world's oceans are critically endangered, but few are as close to the brink as the North Atlantic right whale... more
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