Researchers have successfully used a remote-controlled device for the first time to collect real-time breath samples from wild whales. Now experts are saying that this could set a precedent for future research, helping marine biology step away from old and invasive techniques in favor of whale-friendly tech.
Ok.. so maybe not your dreams specifically, but this one is pretty darn cool. Scientists with Ocean Alliance recently dreamed up a way to take essential samples from whales without the gentle behemoths ever noticing, and Sir Patrick Stewart, of all people, is very excited to see this work come to fruition.
Recently, a photo of a playful dolphin riding the nose of a humpback whale has been circulating around popular social media. It's a stunning display of cross-species friendship, and certainly something to be celebrated. However, this isn't some new and strange behavior seen among a few extra-progressive dolphins. According to researchers, this kind of thing has been happening for a long time.
A dead minke whale washed up on a Coney Island beach Monday in New York, and according to reports it's likely that is was killed by an unfortunate ship strike.
It's hard to believe that anything can bother the southern right whale. Fifty feet long and weighing up to a stunning 60 tons, this behemoth of our southern oceans has no known natural predators. However, that doesn't save it from some intense bullying by your everyday seagulls, of all things.
Scientists are just beginning to understand how whales produce sound, and now new research suggests that like humans, North Atlantic right whales boast unique individual voices.
A new worm species, called Parougia diapason, was discovered in whale bones on Antarctica's Deception Island, showing scientists just how many unknown species are still out there.
It's no small secret that ship strikes are a big threat to whales across the globe. Now a new study suggests that the largest of whales - particularly blue whales - may be the most vulnerable of all, as they lack the sort of caution and evasiveness that they would of developed had they ever actually had to worry about predators.
Baleen whales are indisputably huge creatures and rorqual whales are the largest group of them all, weighing up to a stunning 180 metric tons. Even the smallest of this group, the northern minke whale, can weigh a whopping 9.9 short tons. Being so big, it's not a stretch to assume their biology might be a little different than our own, and now a new study has proven it so. Rorqual whales, it seems, have unique nerve tissue that is just as thick and stretchy as your run-of-the-mill bungee cord.
A new fossil has been discovered in Panama that is the missing link in sperm whale evolution, helping to shed light on this amazing species.
Humpback whales can now breathe a heavy sigh of relief because as of Monday, most of these iconic mammals are no longer endangered, federal officials announced.
For more than 250 million years, four-limbed land animals known as tetrapods have repeatedly conquered the Earth's oceans. Now new research is revealing just how these marine predators successfully evolved amidst this ever-changing environment.
Scientists have recently created the best, most comprehensive family tree of baleen whales, helping to shed light on this 40-million-year-old species, a new study says.
Scientists have identified a mysterious whale song that suggests the existence of a new whale species living in the Antarctic.
It's a new record! US and Russian scientists recently documented the longest migration of a mammal ever recorded - a whopping 14,000 miles by a supposedly endangered gray whale. Now experts are wondering how endangered the species actually is.