Dead whale in the Mediterranean probably ‘one of the largest’ ever found

The carcass of an enormous finback whale (Balaenoptera physalus) was discovered near the Italian port of Sorrento earlier this week, the Italian Coast Guard said in a Facebook post. Officials discovered the carcass on Sunday (Jan. 17), before towing it to the nearby port at Naples. The whale measured about 65 feet (20 meters) long […]

Dead whale, one of Med’s largest, found off Italy

The carcass of a huge dead whale is towed by Italy’s coast guard to the port of Naples to determine the cause of death The carcass of a huge whale has been recovered from the waters off southern Italy, the coastguard said Wednesday, calling it “probably one of the largest” ever found in the Mediterranean. […]

Young killer whale rescued after stranding on Scottish beach

  A juvenile killer whale was heroically rescued this week after getting stranded on a Scottish beach.  A group of trained medics from the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) and helpful locals carried out the rescue Monday (Jan. 4) on Sanday, an island off the coast of Scotland. Local residents Colin and Heather Headworth […]

Aquarium agrees to delay beluga whale delivery amid lawsuit

In this July 5, 2018, file photo, drum major Leslie Abreu reacts to the looming presence of Juno, one of the Beluga whales at Mystic Aquarium, in Mystic, Conn., as she directs members of the brass ensemble for the 7th Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps as they play in front of the Alaska Coast exhibit, […]

Humpback whale songs provide insight to population changes

Humpback whale off Maui. Credit: HIHWNMS/NMFS ESA Permit #782-1719 Approximately 8,000-12,000 of the North Pacific humpback whale stock visits the shallow waters of the Hawaiian Islands seasonally to breed. During this time, mature males produce an elaborate acoustic display known as “song,” which becomes the dominant source of ambient underwater sound between December and April. […]

Humpback whale songs provide insight to population changes — ScienceDaily

Approximately 8,000-12,000 of the North Pacific humpback whale stock visits the shallow waters of the Hawaiian Islands seasonally to breed. During this time, mature males produce an elaborate acoustic display known as “song,” which becomes the dominant source of ambient underwater sound between December and April. Following reports of unusually low whale numbers that began […]

Scientists study cause of endangered whale calf’s death

The National Park Service says scientists are trying to discover the cause of death of a whale calf belonging to “one of the rarest marine mammals” on earth after it was found stranded on a beach on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Biologists performed a necropsy on the North Atlantic right whale calf and took DNA […]

Remembering one of history’s greatest whale explosions

Quentin Tarantino’s version of a whale removal. (Pixabay/) The year is 1970. Richard Nixon is president, bell-bottoms are a hot new look, and Simon & Garfunkel is playing on everyone’s radios. But on the Oregon coast, people are only buzzing about one thing: blown-up whale bits. Last week marked the 50th anniversary of the infamous […]

The secret to helping this resilient whale species lies in its genes

A southern right whale swims with its calf near its breeding grounds in the southern Pacific. (University of Auckland tohorā research team, Department of Conservation/) Emma Carroll is a Rutherford Discovery Fellow at the University of Auckland. This story originally featured on The Conversation. After close to a decade of globe-spanning effort, the genome of […]