Fewer than 366 North Atlantic right whales are left on Earth

The North Atlantic right whale is in serious trouble, researchers report. Fewer than 366 of the endangered whales are left on the entire planet .

Tim Lucas-Duke • futurity
Feb. 26, 2021 ~5 min

Humpback whales change up their songs like DJs

Humpback whales don't learn songs from other whales. But what they're doing is "actually more impressive," says Eduardo Mercado.

Bert Gambini-Buffalo • futurity
Feb. 15, 2021 ~6 min

Whale threats from fishing gear 'underestimated'

Blue whales may be at a bigger risk than previously thought of getting entangled in fishing nets.

Feb. 9, 2021 ~3 min

Human noise wreaks havoc on all kinds of ocean animals

Human-created noise can disrupt the behavior, physiology, reproduction, and ecosystems of whales and other ocean life. It can even lead to death.

Sonia Fernandez-UCSB • futurity
Feb. 8, 2021 ~7 min

Whale sharks: boat strikes in protected areas could be harming the animals' development

This is the first study to link human activity with a change in whale sharks’ life stages.

Jessica Harvey-Carroll, PhD Researcher, University of St Andrews • conversation
Jan. 22, 2021 ~7 min

How climate change is reducing numbers of humpback whale calves in the north-west Atlantic

Climate change is affecting the whole ecosystem that humpback whales depend on for food, which is making it harder for females to sustain pregnancies.

Joanna Kershaw, Teaching and Research Associate, Plymouth University • conversation
Jan. 21, 2021 ~7 min

Islanders help rescue orca stranded on Orkney beach

Volunteers led the rescue effort to save the young 11ft-long stranded orca in Orkney.

Jan. 6, 2021 ~2 min

The hopeful return of polar whales

Whales are rediscovering their old haunts in the Arctic and Southern oceans after centuries of hunting.

Lauren McWhinnie, Assistant Professor in Marine Geography, Heriot-Watt University • conversation
Jan. 1, 2021 ~7 min

Researchers Think They Found New Kind of Whales

VOA Learning English • voa
Dec. 10, 2020 ~4 min

People pose a deadly threat to orcas

"That humans are directly killing killer whales across all age classes is significant; it says we can do a better job."

Kat Kerlin-UC Davis • futurity
Dec. 8, 2020 ~5 min