A blue whale’s heart beats just twice a minute when it dives for food

By Layal Liverpool We have checked the pulse of a wild-living blue whale for the first time, and discovered something remarkable. When blue whales dive for food they can reduce their heart rates to as low as 2 beats per minute. This is well below the rates the large animals were calculated to have. PreviousContinue reading “A blue whale’s heart beats just twice a minute when it dives for food”

Unusual Skull Turns Out to Be Ultra-Rare Hybrid of a Narwhal And a Beluga Whale

by MICHELLE STARR A skull long suspected of belonging to a rare Arctic hybrid has now had its unusual biology confirmed via DNA analysis. According to the results, this strange beast had a beluga whale for a dad and a narwhal for a mum, and would have forged its own path, distinct from the lifestylesContinue reading “Unusual Skull Turns Out to Be Ultra-Rare Hybrid of a Narwhal And a Beluga Whale”

Man almost swallowed by whale

by MICHAEL D’ESTRIES It’s a moment neither whale nor human are likely to forget. Photographer and dive operator Rainer Schimpf was recently documenting a sardine run off the coast of South Africa when he almost became part of the food chain. “I was trying to get a shot of a shark going through the baitContinue reading “Man almost swallowed by whale”

The reason that sonar makes whales beach themselves

by David Nield Since the 1980s scientists have spotted a link between naval sonar systems and beaked whales seemingly killing themselves – by deliberately getting stranded on beaches. Now, researchers might have revealed the horrifying reason why. In short, the sound pulses appear to scare the whales to death, acting like a shot of adrenalineContinue reading “The reason that sonar makes whales beach themselves”

Killer whale continues carrying dead calf for previously unseen length of mourning

By Ayana Archie and Jay Croft A female orca whale is still apparently grieving her dead calf and still swimming with its body after more than two weeks, authorities say. “It’s heartbreaking to watch,” said Michael Milstein of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s West Coast Region. “This kind of behavior is like a periodContinue reading “Killer whale continues carrying dead calf for previously unseen length of mourning”

Rare dolphin-whale hybrid spotted near Hawaii

Researchers found the first known hybrid between a rough-toothed dolphin and a melon-headed whale near Kauai, Hawaii. Rough-toothed dolphins. Melon-headed whales. By Jessie Yeung Scientists from the Cascadia Research Collective have discovered a rare dolphin-whale hybrid off the coast of Kauai, Hawaii, according to a report published last week. The marine mammal monitoring program, fundedContinue reading “Rare dolphin-whale hybrid spotted near Hawaii”

Whale kills Canadian man trying to free it from net

Joe Howlett and his son, Tyler A Canadian lobster fisherman lost his life after freeing a whale which had become tangled up in fishing gear. Joe Howlett, from Campobello Island, New Brunswick, has saved dozens of endangered whales after they became entangled in fishing nets. The 59-year-old had boarded a vessel off the province’s easternContinue reading “Whale kills Canadian man trying to free it from net”

Scientists Finally Figured Out Why Whales Do Awesome Leaps Into the Air

By Drake Baer Everybody knows that humpback whales make excellent professional wrestlers: With zero hesitation, these gentle giants will leap out of the sea, corkscrew their bodies, and then slam back into the water with 66,000 pounds of fury. It turns out that these cetaceans aren’t just doing this to show off: According to aContinue reading “Scientists Finally Figured Out Why Whales Do Awesome Leaps Into the Air”

New species of whale discovered, previously legend as “The Raven”

In 2004 Reid Brewer of the University of Alaska Southeast measured an unusual beaked whale that turned up dead in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands. A tissue sample from the carcass later showed that the whale was one of the newly identified species. by MERRIT KENNEDY For decades, Japanese fishermen have told stories about the existence ofContinue reading “New species of whale discovered, previously legend as “The Raven””

Alaska whale-watchers rescue swimming deer in distress

While passing the west side of Juneau’s Shelter Island on Wednesday, an 18-passenger tour vessel saw more than just whales. Audrey Benson, a naturalist with Gastineau Guiding Co., was on the tour when the crew got some news over the radio. “We heard that there were two deer that were swimming across in the water,”Continue reading “Alaska whale-watchers rescue swimming deer in distress”