Sperm whales are tracking fishing boats and stealing their fish

Sperm whales are tracking fishing boats and stealing their fish

Incoming thiefNOAA By Adam Popescu Sperm whales have turned burglar. They have learned to follow commercial fishing boats off the coast of Alaska, and then pick huge volumes of fish from the lines. It now seems they can take about 5% of the fishermen’s annual quotas. Sperm whales are the largest toothed predators on Earth. […]

The most elusive whales reveal their secrets in their wakes

The most elusive whales reveal their secrets in their wakes

Beaked whales leave clues to their nature in the waterChris Newbert / Minden Pictures / Getty By Michael Le Page We know next to nothing about some of the largest animals on the planet: the incredibly elusive beaked whales. But we could soon find out for the first time just how many species there are, by […]

Why Scientists Are Starting to Care About Cultures That Talk to Whales

Why Scientists Are Starting to Care About Cultures That Talk to Whales

This article is from Hakai Magazine, an online publication about science and society in coastal ecosystems. Read more stories like this at hakaimagazine.com. Harry Brower Sr. was lying in a hospital bed in Anchorage, Alaska, close to death, when he was visited by a baby whale. Although Brower’s body remained in Anchorage, the young bowhead […]

Virtuoso bowhead whales constantly make up new songs

Virtuoso bowhead whales constantly make up new songs

Go on, sing us a songNature Picture Library / Alamy Stock Photo By Andy Coghlan Bowhead whales may be the most versatile singers in the mammalian world. Recordings show that they regularly devise entirely new songs, rather than modifying existing ones. Bowhead whales are some of the largest animals alive. They spend their lives in […]

Breeding crisis as no North Atlantic right whales born this year

Breeding crisis as no North Atlantic right whales born this year

North Atlantic right whales (Eubalaena glacialis)Francois Gohier / VWPics / Alamy Stock Photo By Andy Coghlan North Atlantic right whales could be extinct by 2040, scientists warn. This year no calves were born in the whales’ usual breeding season from November to February. North Atlantic right whales (Eubalaena glacialis) are an endangered species. There are […]