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

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

Blue whale hearts pump as slowly as 2 beats per minute

Blue whale hearts work at extremes—from just 2 beats per minute when diving up to a maximum of 37 beats per minute at the ocean surface.

Taylor Kubota-Stanford • futurity
Nov. 26, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: conservation oceans whales featured science-and-technology hearts size

South Atlantic humpback whales make a comeback

After a near miss with extinction, a population of South Atlantic humpback whales is on the rise.

U. Washington • futurity
Oct. 22, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: conservation extinction oceans whales earth-and-environment

How did orcas and bats both evolve echolocation?

Bats and whales that use echolocation both owe it to specific changes in a set of 18 genes involved in the development of the cochlear ganglion, research finds.

Krista Conger-Stanford • futurity
Oct. 16, 2019 ~7 min

Tags: evolution genes bats whales science-and-technology echolocation

Right whales ‘whisper’ to their kids to avoid predators

To steer clear of predators like orcas, right whales tone down their vocalizations, which "can be thought of almost like a human whisper."

Tim Lucas-Duke • futurity
Oct. 11, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: conservation mothers communication oceans endangered-species whales featured science-and-technology earth-and-environment predators

Weird skull belongs to narwhal-beluga hybrid

DNA and stable isotope analysis indicate the skull belonged to a male, first-generation narwhal-beluga hybrid.

Maria Hornbek-Copenhagen • futurity
June 20, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: reproduction genes teeth whales featured science-and-technology skulls

It’s a mystery how narwhals have survived

The narwhal's long presence in the Arctic, despite its extremely low genetic diversity, is mysterious.

Michael Skov Jensen-Copenhagen • futurity
May 2, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: genomes arctic whales science-and-technology

Barnacle ‘GPS’ tracks millions of years of whale migration

"...these animals, which lived hundreds of thousands of years ago, were all undertaking migrations similar in extent to those of modern-day whales."

Robert Sanders-UC Berkeley • futurity
April 10, 2019 ~7 min

Tags: fossils migration oceans whales science-and-technology shells

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