17th Century Seascape Contains a Secret Portrait of a Beached Whale

For over 300 years, this scene set by Dutch painter Hendrick van Anthonissen appeared to be nothing more than a depiction of a day at the beach. But just a few layers of paint deeper, it had a secret: A giant portrait of a beached whale. » 6/04/14 12:40pm 6/04/14 12:40pm

Take The Northbound Whale Bus Uptown

After the sea levels rose, the bus lines remained more or less the same, although it was difficult to keep the whales from veering off the route through a krill swarm. » 3/25/14 5:00pm 3/25/14 5:00pm

Epic Encounter: Giant Squid and Sperm Whale

In what is one of the most dramatic dioramas in the Museum, a giant squid is caught in the sperm whale’s mouth, its tentacles grasping at the whale’s head, which is actually an oversized snout. Sperm whales (Physeter macrocephulus) interpret reflections of sounds generated by this uniquely shaped snout, employing a… » 6/05/13 1:52pm 6/05/13 1:52pm

An eye the size of a softball has washed ashore in Florida

Holy heck, people. Now that is an eyeball. Beach-walker Gino Covacci encountered the monstrosity yesterday while ambling about the Florida coast, and while scientists have yet to identify the creature from whence it came, the consensus seems to be that whatever it was, it was big. » 10/12/12 7:15am 10/12/12 7:15am

Killer whales swim three thousand miles just to lose their skin

Every so often, the killer whales that live around Antarctica will drop everything they're doing and swim three thousand miles due north. It's an extreme journey, but the end result is the whale equivalent of a day at the spa. » 10/26/11 11:53am 10/26/11 11:53am

Popular whale songs reveal the first ever non-human cultural exchange

The haunting songs produced by whales are shockingly similar to human pop music: one single hit tune spreads across the ocean, and becomes the preferred whale mating tune. And, just like the modern music industry, it all runs on remixes. » 4/14/11 4:20pm 4/14/11 4:20pm

"Wanted" Director Hunts a Superpowered White Whale

Timur Bekmambetov will be revisiting superpowered assassins with his sequel to Wanted, but he's already looking to his next project, a contemporary adaptation of Moby Dick. But this being Bekmambetov, his whales and whale hunters will have their own superpowers. » 8/10/09 10:30am 8/10/09 10:30am

The BioShock 2 That You'll Never See

An enormous preserved whale pays quiet homage to the undersea world of wonder that was BioShock. In this concept artwork, it looks like a tiger-striped whale on treads is bearing down on our intrepid hero ... or is that thing stuffed and segmented? The image does capture the melancholic feel of BioShock, although it's… » 3/03/08 1:45pm 3/03/08 1:45pm

"It's Kinda of a Grayish-Yellowish-Off-White Looking Thing"

Harry Knowles of Ain't It Cool News attended a screening of Cloverfield tonight, and he spills it about the monster: "It has a tail, it has teeth and freaky eyes...it's kinda of a grayish-yellowish-off-white looking thing. But more important than the creature is what this fucker does. He basically goes bug-nuts." Oh,… » 1/11/08 7:00am 1/11/08 7:00am