Experts have long thought that the pelvic bone that floats unattached to the rest of a whale's skeleton is simply an evolutionary throwback from when their ancestors boasted four flippers. Now, researchers argue that whales actually are using this seemingly useless bone for very specific mating purposes.
What is suspected to be a large and rare sei whale unfortunately died yesterday after being stranded in Virginia's Elizabeth River for several days. Experts who were on the scene had suspected there was something very wrong with the animal, and are due to perform a necropsy to determine the exact cause of death.
Almost like giggling children, dolphins and whales squeal with joy when presented with a fishy treat, a new study finds.
As part of a program being launched in California this summer, cargo ships are slowing down in hopes of protecting endangered whales from fatal collisions and reducing air pollution.
Experts are proposing changes to shipping lanes off the coasts of Los Angeles and San Francisco, at least during summer and fall seasons, in order to reduce the number of whale deaths caused by collisions with large vessels.
Whales, though impressive mammals, until now were thought to be inconsequential in terms of their role in Earth's oceans. But new research from the University of Vermont has revealed that these massive creatures make a huge difference, and in fact are the ocean's main ecological engineers.
A dead minke whale that had washed up on the New Jersey Shore last month has been confirmed as a victim of cetacean morbillivirus - a virus that has been causing an alarming number of stranding on the East Coast since last year.
Whales need beware, because according to a recent NOAA report ships along the East Coast are hitting more of the large mammals.
After decades of mystery, scientists have discovered the source of the ocean "quack" heard from the depths of the Southern Ocean. The culprit, according to a study published in the journal Biology Letters, is the Antarctic minke whale.
Beachgoers received a shock on when they stumbled upon a 68-foot long fin whale lying dead in the sand at Ocean Shores, Wash.
After three months of anti-whaling activities, Sea Shepherd docked in Australia, only this time without the captain.
Twelve killer whales are trapped in a small hole in a vast stretch of ice near Inukjuak, in Northern Quebec, Canada, reports The Associated Press.
A new study claims that high levels of background noise produced by ships has greatly hampered the ability of the North Atlantic right whales to communicate with each other.
When a University of Washington researcher listened to the audio picked up by a recording device that spent a year in the icy waters off the east coast of Greenland, she was stunned at what she heard: whales singing a remarkable variety of songs nearly constantly for five wintertime months.