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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Japan resumes whale hunts that have come under increasing scrutiny and censure from the international community for their questionable scientific merit.
Check out amazing photos of humpback whales breaching the ocean surface as scientists monitor their lengthy sea travels.
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.
A massive whale's nerves can unfold and recoil like a bungee cord, explaining how they can balloon their mouths while feeding.
A lucky group of ocean lovers got the surprise of a lifetime when a huge sperm whale swam into their live video broadcast.
The western gray whale now holds the record as the mammal with the longest known migration, researchers say.
Bone-eating worms that can devour an entire whale carcass were also feasting on prehistoric reptiles more than 100 million years ago.
A 17-million-year-old beaked whale fossil is helping researchers solve a puzzle about the likely birthplace of humanity in East Africa, a new study finds.
A population of killer whales has been captured playing, chasing prey and socializing in gorgeous video taken by a tiny unmanned drone.
A tiny drone has captured stunning images of a killer whale pod, revealing which whales are pregnant and malnourished.
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.
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.
Despite their epic migrations, humpback whale populations in different oceans are genetically distinct subspecies, new research finds.
Commercially hunted for generations, the last remaining North Atlantic right whales may now face further danger from seismic surveys.
Recent whale deaths are further support for declaring certain waters off-limits to naval sonar exercises.