Whale shark 'crushes' tourist in Australia

The woman is in a "serious but stable condition" after being hit by the shark's tail while snorkelling.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
Aug. 3, 2020 ~2 min

Tags: australia whales western-australia

Mysterious evolution of wonky whale skulls revealed by new study

How we worked out when whales first evolved asymmetrical skulls.

Ellen Coombs, PhD Candidate in Biosciences, UCL • conversation
July 28, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: evolution fossils whales cetaceans animal-evolution

Tahlequah: Killer whale who carried dead calf for days is pregnant

Tahlequah captured the world's attention when spotted carrying her dead calf for 17 days.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
July 28, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: canada united-states washington whales killer-whales

With the help of trained dolphins, our team of researchers is building a specialized drone to help us study dolphins in the wild

Wild dolphins are fast, smart and hard to study, but it is important to understand how human actions affect their health. So we are building a drone to sample hormones from the blowholes of dolphins.

Jason Bruck, Teaching Assistant Professor of Integrative Biology, Oklahoma State University • conversation
July 1, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: robots hormones marine-biology drones whales bermuda dolphins dolphin stress-hormones marine-mammals innovation-and-invention

Plastic: How to predict threats to animals in oceans and rivers

Scientists find out more about the threats of plastic to thousands of fish, whales and other aquatic life.

By Helen Briggs • bbcnews
March 27, 2020 ~2 min

Tags: animals plastic plastic-pollution oceans marine-biology whales

Solar storms can mess up gray whales’ sense of direction

Gray whales use Earth's magnetic field like a GPS to navigate their migrations, but cosmic bursts of radio static may throw them off.

Karl Bates-Duke • futurity
Feb. 24, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: storms sun whales science-and-technology magnetic-fields

'Astonishing' blue whale numbers at South Georgia

The biggest animal on Earth is returning to waters where it was nearly driven to extinction.

By Jonathan Amos • bbcnews
Feb. 20, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: whales

First stranded Orca found in almost 20 years in the Wash

The dead 15ft (4.5m) long juvenile killer whale was found on the coast of Norfolk and Lincolnshire.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
Jan. 14, 2020 ~1 min

Tags: marine-biology whales zoological-society-of-london whale-and-dolphin-strandings

Whales use stealth to sneak up on fish

Humpback whales attack their prey about as fast as humans jog. So how are they so good at catching tiny, speedy fish? Stealth and deception.

Taylor Kubota-Stanford • futurity
Dec. 24, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: conservation fish whales science-and-technology prey

Whale fossil bridges gap between foot- and tail-powered swimming

A 35 million-year-old whale fossil is a brand new species and represents an intermediate stage between foot- and tail-powered swimming.

Jim Erickson-Michigan • futurity
Dec. 13, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: evolution fossils swimming whales science-and-technology

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