Gray Whale Sets New Migratory Record With Epic Pacific Voyage 

An international team of marine biologists has recorded an astounding round-trip journey made by a gray whale who ventured from Russia's east coast to the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California peninsula – and then all the way back. At 14,000 miles (22,500 km), it's the longest migration of a mammal ever recorded.
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Why Whale Songs Are Still One Of Science's Greatest Mysteries

Humpback whales are renowned for their ability to produce songs of remarkable beauty, complexity, and duration. But despite decades of research, scientists still aren't sure why these whales engage in such elaborate acoustic displays. Here's what we know — and have yet to learn — about the humpback whale's song. » 3/19/15 11:40am 3/19/15 11:40am

How whales made the dramatic evolutionary shift from land to the sea

All whales and dolphins are descended from terrestrial mammals, ancient creatures that were very similar to the modern hippopotamus. Now, a fascinating new genetics study shows the incredible evolutionary changes these animals had to experience to become the perfectly adapted marine animals we see today. » 11/25/13 7:40am 11/25/13 7:40am

One of the most fascinating museums on Earth is in a fetid LA warehouse

Inside an unassuming L.A. warehouse, a bearded man in rubber gloves and a bloodstained t-shirt is pulling bodies apart. The stench is powerful, but conveniently masked by the fleshy funk of a nearby meatpacking plant. He removes a glistening lump of muscle and plops it on a table. "There's the heart" he says cooly.… » 11/05/13 11:40am 11/05/13 11:40am

How military sonar may be harming endangered blue whales

Scientists have known for years that mid-frequency sonar can harm deep-diving toothed whales, such as by driving them from feeding grounds. Research now shows that the naval noise even elicits stark behavioral changes in blue whales, which communicate at frequencies far below sonar frequencies, suggesting that the… » 7/03/13 1:45pm 7/03/13 1:45pm

Easily the best thing you'll hear all week: a beluga whale mimicking…

Holy warbling whales, this is GLORIOUS. For the first time ever, researchers have presented audio evidence of a cetacean (a beluga whale by the name of "NOC") spontaneously mimicking human speech. The recording featured below is 100% real, and it is amazing. Recorded by scientists a few years ago, it was just released… » 10/22/12 2:00pm 10/22/12 2:00pm

Whales have a sensory organ unlike anything we've ever seen

It's possible that whales can sense things that no other living creatures can. Scientists have discovered a grapefruit-sized mass of vessels and nervous tissues located in whales' chins, and they believe it's an entirely new kind of sensory organ. It's possible the organ is what allows these massive creatures to eat… » 5/24/12 11:51am 5/24/12 11:51am