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Hawaii's 'Missing' Whales Just Delayed
humpback whales, fluking up, diving
January 11th, 2016
Behemoth whales whose tails are often seen in large numbers slapping the water off Hawaii during the winters have been slow in reaching the Aloha State. Some onlookers had labeled the Hawaii humpbacks as "missing."
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Amid Controversy, Japanese Whaling Ships Return to Antarctic Ocean
December 1st, 2015
Japan resumes whale hunts that have come under increasing scrutiny and censure from the international community for their questionable scientific merit.
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No Crap: Missing 'Mega Poop' Starves Earth
A diagram showing how animal poop moves nutrients around the ecosystem (numbers are in kilograms).
October 26th, 2015
Earth has a poop problem. The extinction of whales and other megafauna has resulted in a shortage of mega-manure, which is essential for spreading nutrients around the globe at sea and on land.
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Death by Flatfish: Whales Suffocate After Soles Clog Blowholes
A long-finned pilot whale, not the whales that died from clogged blowholes.
December 7th, 2015
Two long-finned whales died after flatfish got stuck in their blowholes and suffocated the giant mammals. The whales may have followed a sick "friend" to unfamiliar waters in the south North Sea and there they were forced to eat unfamiliar food.
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In Photos: Tracking Humpback Whales in the South Pacific Ocean
humpback whales, breaching, juvenile
November 27th, 2015
Check out amazing photos of humpback whales breaching the ocean surface as scientists monitor their lengthy sea travels.
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Giant Whales' Mouths Have Unique Nerves: They Stretch
May 7th, 2015
A massive whale's nerves can unfold and recoil like a bungee cord, explaining how they can balloon their mouths while feeding.
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Gray Whale Breaks Mammal Migration Record
western gray whale
April 14th, 2015
The western gray whale now holds the record as the mammal with the longest known migration, researchers say.
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Ancient Tiny Whale Hunted with Pointy Teeth, Oversize Gums
fossil whale teeth
December 2nd, 2015
Before baleen whales developed their iconic comblike filter-feeding structures, they relied on their pointy teeth and a suctioning method to nab and gulp down prey, a new study finds.
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Humpback Whales Make Migration Pit Stops at Underwater Mountains
A mother humpback whale and her calf swim on the Antigonia seamount located near the New Caledonian islands in the South Pacific Ocean.
November 27th, 2015
During lengthy migrations, humpback whales in the South Pacific stop over at seamounts that rise hundreds of feet from the seafloor. Scientists suspect the undersea mountains may serve multiple important roles for the whales.
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Incredible Video: Curious Whale Inspects Underwater Robot
Sperm whale
April 15th, 2015
A lucky group of ocean lovers got the surprise of a lifetime when a huge sperm whale swam into their live video broadcast.
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