Japan Unveils Its Plan To Save The Whales, By Killing Them

Last month, the International Court demanded an end to Japan's research whaling program, and Japan said it planned to abide by the ruling. But now, the Japanese government has explained just what that means... including plans to resume whaling in the Antarctic by 2015. » 4/18/14 12:23pm Friday 12:23pm

Take A Ride on a Steampunk Whale

If you think we use whales for our own ends now, just wait for the day when they'll function as transportation. DeviantArt user Leashe writes, "Whales are one of my favorite animals and I love seeing them in fantasy settings. Like in armored tours, or as cetacean transport barges." » 3/11/14 7:23pm 3/11/14 7:23pm

Ask a paleontologist about the mystery behind this whale graveyard!

Over 5 million years ago, a mass stranding of whales created what is now a whale graveyard in modern day Chile. Just why those whales died was a mystery — until now. Nick Pyenson, the paleontologist who led the team that cracked the case, is here to answer your questions! » 2/27/14 10:30am 2/27/14 10:30am

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

8 Glitches in Animal Behavior That Can End in Catastrophe

Instincts are great, except for those unfortunate times when they make an animal go completely haywire, sometimes with disastrous results. Here are eight bizarre glitches that cause animals to do some very strange things — some of them even fatal. » 11/01/13 10:00am 11/01/13 10:00am

These rare photos of Migaloo the albino humpback whale are astonishing

About a year ago we told you about Migaloo, the only documented white humpback whale in the world. Unfortunately, the only pictures we had were grainy and taken from a low angle. So just wait until you get a load of these new photos. » 9/11/13 3:20pm 9/11/13 3:20pm

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

How a whale can hold its breath underwater for up to an hour

Unlike humans, many whales can go on hour-long dives without needing to breathe. But no one has been sure how they did it. Now, new research shows it all comes down to a specially adapted oxygen-binding protein in the animals' muscle tissues — a finding that could someday prove valuable in medicine. » 6/14/13 4:30pm 6/14/13 4:30pm