These Might Be The Loneliest Whales in the World

Humpback whales can be found all over the world's oceans, despite the heavy beating they took in the era of industrial whaling. They undertake one of the longest annual migrations feeding at high latitudes and breeding near the equator. But there's one peculiar group of humpbacks who live life a bit differently. » 12/04/14 7:52pm 12/04/14 7:52pm

Why Are Killer Whales Suddenly Hunting Humpbacks?

Not for nothing are Orcas called Killer whales, but reports of their hunting the "great" whales (baleen & sperm whales) have been rare, and there is little consensus as to the importance of such predation. But new evidence suggests that Humpback whale calves are a regular snack for the black and white killers. » 12/04/14 1:10am 12/04/14 1:10am

How to Understand What You're Seeing in Aerial Pictures of Whales

This is a fascinating interview with marine scientist John Durban, who explains how his team is using drones to monitor the health of killer whales in the waters off the coast of California. The best part is that he shows us how to understand what we're seeing in aerial photographs of the whales. » 10/09/14 12:29pm 10/09/14 12:29pm

This Map Shows How Hunting Wiped Out Whales In Less Than A Century

A century of commercial whale hunting has devastated whale populations around the globe, some to just 10% of their historic size. This animated map shows how different whale populations were systematically slaughtered between 1900 and 2011. But there's a bright spot: California's blue whales are doing great! » 9/05/14 5:38pm 9/05/14 5:38pm

How Whales Will Save The World – If We Let Them

For a thousand years humans systematically hunted whales for their meat, oil, and bone. Some whale populations were reduced by as much as 90%. But now that they're being protected, scientists are realizing the critical role that whales play in balancing marine ecosystems. Here are four ways they keep oceans healthy. » 8/06/14 11:15am 8/06/14 11:15am