whales

  • How do you get a super-group of whales to come together?

    New research reveals the microscopic reason why humpbacks sometimes converge in their hundreds.

    New research has shed light on the puzzling phenomenon of “super-groups” of humpback whales congregating off the coas...

    Animals October 26, 2021
  • Why don’t whales get cancer?

    Cetaceans may have more rapidly evolving genes.

    Whales, dolphins and porpoises are the world’s largest and longest-living mammals – and they can resist cancer.  W...

    Health February 25, 2021
  • Seismic singing

    Loud and clear fin whale calls could be used for surveys of Earth’s undersea crust.

    The songs of fin whales can be used to survey the ocean crust, international researchers have just discovered. Fin...

    Marine life February 12, 2021
  • NatureWrap: These guys mess with killer whales

    Plus insect wings, sorghum tales and very old fish.

    Long-finned pilot whales (Globicephala melas) off southern Australia mimic the calls of killer whales – their natural...

    Animals December 5, 2020
  • NatureWrap: Blue whales return to South Georgia

    Plus plants that hide, toxic fur and tough love.

    Critically endangered Antarctic blue whales are returning to the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia five decades a...

    Animals November 21, 2020
  • NatureWrap: Remora on a whale of a ride

    Tales of transport, food and friendship.

    Remora are famous for hitching a ride on the bodies of sharks and whales, using the suction in their front dorsal fin...

    Animals October 31, 2020
  • Dives of distinction

    Cuvier’s beaked whales continue to surprise.

    Cuvier’s beaked whales (Ziphius cavirostris) are continuing to prove why they’re considered the superstars of the div...

    Marine life September 25, 2020
  • Partner Content

    Migration: impact on whales' health

    It’s depleted on their return from annual migration.

    Whale-watching season is usually a delight for scores of whale watchers along the east coast of Australia. For scient...

    ASC Edits August 3, 2020
  • Solar storms linked to stranded whales

    Magnetic disruptions make them ‘blind’.

    Analysis of grey whale stranding incidents has supported speculations that the migratory mammals rely on a magnetic s...

    Marine life February 24, 2020
  • Flashy above the water, but low key below it

    Beaked whales evolve a clever way to avoid predators.

    A Cuvier’s beaked whale breaching is an impressive sight, but it’s what this guy and his mates were doing below the w...

    Marine life February 6, 2020
  • The things animals do

    Chimps drum, meerkats dance and dogs can count.

    It’s been quite a day for revelations about the animal world. Four papers in peer-reviewed journals have provided new...

    Animals December 18, 2019
  • Why are whales so big, but not bigger?

    Researchers identify biological drivers and ecological limits.

    Whales are huge mammals weighing from 20 to 200 tonnes. The blue whale, the largest animal ever known to have existed...

    Marine life December 15, 2019
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