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New sub-species of pilot whale identified in Pacific Ocean
Short-finned pilot whales are found over a wide swath of the world's oceans, with habitats in the Indian, and Pacific, and North Atlantic oceans. (2019-06-03)
Climate driving new right whale movement
New research connects recent changes in the movement of North Atlantic right whales to decreased food availability and rising temperatures in Gulf of Maine's deep waters. (2019-05-29)
Good genes
A team of scientists from NAU, Arizona State University, the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, the Center for Coastal Studies in Massachusetts and nine other institutions worldwide to study potential cancer suppression mechanisms in cetaceans, the mammalian group that includes whales, dolphins and porpoises. (2019-05-09)
Mysterious river dolphin helps crack the code of marine mammal communication
The Araguaian river dolphin of Brazil was thought to be solitary with little social structure that would require communication. (2019-04-19)
Ancient, four-legged whale with otter-like features found along the coast of Peru
Cetaceans, the group including whales and dolphins, originated in south Asia more than 50 million years ago from a small, four-legged, hoofed ancestor. (2019-04-04)
Compass orientation of a migratory bat species depends on sunset direction
A team of scientists led by the Leibniz-IZW in Berlin combined a mirror experiment simulating a different direction of the setting sun and a new test procedure to measure orientation behavior in bats to understand the role of the sun's position in the animals' navigation system. (2019-04-04)
In the tree of life, youth has its advantages
New research in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows younger groups of organisms, on average, accumulate diversity much more quickly than older groups. (2019-03-26)
Deep time tracking devices: Fossil barnacles reveal prehistoric whale migrations
Long-distance migrations are common for large whales, but when in their evolutionary past did whales begin to migrate and why? (2019-03-25)
Fossil barnacles, the original GPS, help track ancient whale migrations
Whale barnacles add new shell throughout the year that has been shown to reflect, through oxygen isotope ratios, the conditions of the seas through which the whale traveled. (2019-03-25)
Narwhals spend at least half time diving for food, can fast for several days after meal
Narwhals -- enigmatic arctic whales known for their sword-like tusk -- spend over half their time diving to find food but are also able to last up to three days without a meal, according to a study by Manh Cuong Ngô and colleagues from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, published in PLOS Computational Biology. (2019-03-14)
Review of noise impacts on marine mammals yields new policy recommendations
Marine mammals are particularly sensitive to noise pollution because they rely on sound for so many essential functions, including communication, navigation, finding food, and avoiding predators. (2019-03-12)
Scientists find mystery killer whales off Cape Horn, Chile
In January 2019, an international team of scientists working off the tip of southern Chile got their first live look at what might be a new species of killer whale. (2019-03-07)
Understanding the rich social lives of animals benefits international conservation efforts
An international group of researchers working on a wide range of species, from elephants and crows, to whales and chimpanzees, argues that animals' cultural knowledge needs to be taken into consideration when planning international conservation efforts. (2019-02-26)
Study confirms beaked whales' incredible diving abilities
A Duke-led study provides the first record of the diving behavior of Cuvier's beaked whales in US Atlantic waters. (2019-02-06)
Plastic in Britain's seals, dolphins and whales
Microplastics have been found in the guts of every marine mammal examined in a new study of animals washed up on Britain's shores. (2019-01-31)
UH marine mammal research captures rare video of newborn humpback whale
A rare video, captured by the University of Hawaii at Manoa's Marine Mammal Research Program (MMRP) in January 2019 shows a humpback whale calf so new that its dorsal fin and tail flukes appear soft and flimsy, and its mother is still excreting blood, while sometimes supporting the calf on her back. (2019-01-31)
Why do beaked whales return to a Navy sonar range despite frequent disturbance?
Using data from underwater robots, scientists have discovered that beaked whales prefer to feed within parts of a Navy sonar test range off Southern California that have dense patches of deep-sea squid. (2019-01-29)
In polar regions, warm-blooded marine predators rule
Even though diversity typically decreases from the tropics to the poles, in the frigid waters of the high latitudes, warm-blooded marine mammals and birds thrive, both in number and species richness. (2019-01-24)
Humpback whales' songs at subarctic feeding areas are complex, progressive
Humpback whales overwintering in feeding areas may sing complex, progressive songs which closely resemble those associated with breeding grounds, according to a study published Jan. (2019-01-23)
Otago researcher contributes piece to the puzzle of baleen whales' evolution
An Otago researcher has added another piece to the puzzle of the evolution of modern baleen whales with a world-first study examining the teeth and enamel of baleen whales' ancestors. (2019-01-21)
Marine mammals and sea turtles recovering after Endangered Species Act protection
More than three-quarters of marine mammal and sea turtle populations have significantly increased after listing of the US Endangered Species Act (ESA), according to a study published Jan. (2019-01-16)
Far-ranging fin whales find year-round residence in Gulf of California
Researchers from Mexico and the United States have concluded that a population of fin whales in the rich Gulf of California ecosystem may live there year-round -- an unusual circumstance for a whale species known to migrate across ocean basins. (2019-01-10)
15-meter-long ancient whale Basilosaurus isis was top marine predator
The stomach contents of ancient whale Basilosaurus isis suggest it was an apex predator, according to a study published Jan. (2019-01-09)
Giant singers from neighboring oceans share song parts over time
Singing humpback whales from different ocean basins seem to be picking up musical ideas from afar, and incorporating these new phrases and themes into the latest song, according to a newly published study in Royal Society Open Science that's helping scientists better understand how whales learn and change their musical compositions. (2019-01-08)
Groups of pilot whales have their own dialects
A new study from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) has found that short-finned pilot whales living off the coast of Hawai'i have their own sorts of vocal dialects, a discovery that may help researchers understand the whales' complex social structure. (2018-12-19)
Lower oxygen levels to impact the oceanic food chain
The North Pacific Ocean is losing oxygen, pushing species significant to the marine ecosystem to shallower water where there's more sunlight, higher temperatures and greater risk of predators. (2018-12-19)
Whale research helps answer long-sought scientific question
Scientists previously determined that fetal humpback whales develop the very beginnings of teeth, but they never erupt from the gums the way they do in human babies. (2018-12-19)
Explaining differences in rates of evolution
Scientists look to fossils and evolutionary trees to help determine the rate of evolution -- albeit with conflicting results. (2018-12-18)
Remarkably preserved fossil sea reptile reveals skin that is still soft
The remains of an 180 million-year-old ichthyosaur (literally 'fish-lizard') have been analysed, and the fossil is so well-preserved that its soft-tissues retain some of their original pliability. (2018-12-06)
Whales lost their teeth before evolving hair-like baleen in their mouths
Rivaling the evolution of feathers in dinosaurs, one of the most extraordinary transformations in the history of life was the evolution of baleen -- rows of flexible hair-like plates that blue whales, humpbacks and other marine mammals use to filter relatively tiny prey from gulps of ocean water. (2018-11-29)
33-million-year-old whale from Oregon had neither teeth nor baleen
A study reported in Current Biology on Nov. 29 describes a 33-million-year-old fossil whale named Maiabalaena, which means 'mother whale.' The ancient whale from Oregon is especially remarkable in that it had neither teeth nor baleen. (2018-11-29)
Whale songs' changing pitch may be response to population, climate changes
Blue whales have been dropping pitch incrementally over several decades, but the cause has remained a mystery. (2018-11-28)
Humpback whale songs simplified during 'cultural revolutions'
Humpback whales sing increasingly complex songs, but University of Queensland researchers have discovered they may suddenly switch to something simpler, in a 'cultural revolution.' The study examined the structure and complexity of songs sung by the eastern Australian humpback whale population over 13 consecutive years. (2018-11-22)
Professors use whale earwax to reconstruct whale stress levels spanning 150 years
In a follow-up to their groundbreaking study, Baylor University researchers were able to reconstruct baleen whales' lifetime stress response to whaling and other manmade and environmental factors spanning nearly 150 years. (2018-11-21)
Chinese scientists unlock structural secrets of whale baleen
Chinese scientists working with other researchers have for the first time uncovered the underlying mechanisms of the hierarchical structure of baleen, with an eye toward developing advanced engineered materials. (2018-11-21)
Killer whales share personality traits with humans, chimpanzees
Killer whales display personality traits similar to those of humans and chimpanzees, such as playfulness, cheerfulness and affection, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association. (2018-11-15)
A bigger nose, a bigger bang: Size matters for ecoholocating toothed whales
A new study sheds light on how toothed whales adapted their sonar abilities to occupy different environments. (2018-11-15)
Humpback whales arrive in the Mediterranean to feed themselves
Although the presence of humpback whales in the Mediterranean has been considered unusual, it is known that their visits have increased in the last 150 years. (2018-11-15)
Protecting adult female north atlantic right whales from injury and death key to recovery
Why is the endangered western North Atlantic right whale population growing far more slowly than those of southern right whales, a sister species also recovering from near extinction by commercial whaling?  NOAA Fisheries researchers and colleagues looked more closely at the question and have concluded that preserving the lives of adult females in the population is by far the most effective way to promote population growth and recovery. (2018-11-07)
First study of Humpback whale survivors of orca attacks in the Southeastern Pacific
Scars left by orca attacks indicate that most victims are young whales on the first trip from breeding to feeding grounds. (2018-11-06)
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