The 82-foot blue whale skeleton at the University of British Columbia's biodiversity museum was the subject of a 2011 Discovery Channel segment that hinted largely at terrible smells while the whale was being unearthed in eastern Canada. Recently, the skeleton received its first big cleaning.
A recent study found that there's a "magic number" of krill for blue whales to find in order to gather enough energy for their massive bodies. If they don't find the tiny food sources in concentrated supply, the whales have to hold their breaths more and do more gathering.
Kelp Gull attacks have taken their toll on southern right whales over the last four decades – in particular, their calves – which the gulls routinely gouge in the back to feed off their skin and blubber. Now researchers are wondering if the wounds the birds cause are contributing to the increasing mortality rate of these majestic whales.
Narwhal's use their toothy horn in unique ways. Contrary to popular opinion, however, hunting is not one of them. Here's what it's really used for.
Giant prehistoric teeth from an extinct species of shark known as Megalodon recently washed up on a beach in North Carolina. Since little is known about this ancient species, the newly discovered teeth may help researchers unlock more clues.
Animals' poop plays a key role in keeping the planet fertile. However, when large animals go extinct the natural cycling of nutrients from deep ocean waters to high mountainous areas is significantly reduced, researchers revealed in a new study.
What's causing the mortality spike of right whales, particularly the very young? Until now, scientists were unsure what was causing such a spike in mortality, but a recent NOAA analysis suggests toxic algal blooms may be to blame.
Scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution have made the first-ever field observations of Omura's whales, which occured off the coast of Madagascar. This study sheds light on the rare species' behavior and habitat preferences.
Using a new, specialized net, a team of researchers recently collected polar cod (Boreogadus saida) from their icy homes in order to better understand the fishes' large-scale distribution and origin as well as the predators that feed on them.
A NOAA research ship recently reported the first humpback whale of the season near one of the Hawaiian Islands. The whales that winter in Hawaii are one of three groups of migrating humpbacks in the northern Pacific Ocean.
A blue whale and a few sperm whales were both seen recently by a whale-watch tour near Bar Harbor, Maine. Only six sperm whales have been seen by the operation in 33 years.
Another whales has washed up on the shore of a wildlife refuge in the Bay Area. This time, the whale appears to be badly decomposed.
Every year more than 100 million blood donations are collected globally, and according to the World Health Organization, that's not nearly enough. Synthetic blood would be one ideal solution, but it has long been nothing more than a pipe dream. Now, thanks to new research on deep-diving whales, researchers suddenly think they've figured out the secret to making this medical miracle a reality.
After facing several lawsuits, the US Navy has finally agreed to limit its use of sonar training devices that has harmed thousands of marine animals in the Pacific, specifically off the coast of Hawaii and Southern California.