Whales

Find out everything there is to know about whales and stay updated on the latest whale news with the comprehensive articles, interactive features and whale pictures at LiveScience.com. Learn more about these fascinating creatures as scientists continue to make amazing discoveries about whales.
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As Arctic Melts, Shipping Traffic Blasts Wildlife (Op-Ed)
The sun setting over a field of broken sea ice, or frozen seawater that floats on the ocean, in Antarctica.
September 9th, 2014
Arctic traffic is jamming marine wlidlife.
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Oceans Apart: 3 Humpback Whale Subspecies Identified
Humpback whale tail
May 20th, 2014
Despite their epic migrations, humpback whale populations in different oceans are genetically distinct subspecies, new research finds.
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Killer Whales Bully Lone Blue Whale in Rare Video
Orcas Attack Blue Whale
March 5th, 2014
Incredible video shows a gang of orcas attacking a lone blue whale off the coast of California.
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Bottoms Up: How Whale Poop Helps Feed the Ocean
Whale splashing, whale poop
August 7th, 2014
With no small amount of irony, the tables have turned with research discovering that we need whales for a healthy marine ecosystem, or at least their poop.
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500 Right Whales Could Face the Wrong Fate (Op-Ed)
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May 16th, 2014
Commercially hunted for generations, the last remaining North Atlantic right whales may now face further danger from seismic surveys.
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Why Are Whales Not Recovering? (Op-Ed)
Whale with propeller wound
July 26th, 2014
When commercial whaling was banned in 1986 it put an end to a harvest that threatened the existence of some of the most majestic animals on Earth.
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New Whale Stranding Is Painful Evidence for Naval Sonar Risks (Op-Ed)
A front-end-loader removes a beaked whale that was stranded on the beach after an earlier mass stranding off Greece in 1996.
April 3rd, 2014
Recent whale deaths are further support for declaring certain waters off-limits to naval sonar exercises.
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Whales Moving Into Thawed Arctic Ocean
fin whale, territory, global warming, melting ice
February 27th, 2014
Whales are pushing into new territory as the far north warms quicker than the rest of the planet and sea ice retreats.
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