To better understand where important whale habitat and shipping lanes overlap along the U.S. West Coast, scientists attached satellite tags to 171 whales off the coast of California during summer and early fall from 1993 to 2008.Read more
The endangered blue whale population has been slow to recover since they were protected in the 1960's. Scientists suggest that one reason may be ship strikes that injure or even kill whales.
The Vancouver Park Board has unanimously voted to allow the aquarium be allowed to keep cetaceans in captivity, but ordered an end to the breeding of most whales and dolphins.Read more
Demands stop short of phasing out cetacean program entirely. Two belugas, two Pacific white-sided dolphins and two rescued harbour porpoises currently reside at facility
A new study in the journal Plos One has revealed blue whales assemble for long periods in the busy shipping lanes off California, raising concerns about collisions between vessels and the endangered cetaceans.Read more
Whales assemble in California's busy shipping lanes, increasing potential for collisions. Some 2,500 of estimated worldwide population of 10,000 found off West Coast.
It’s an adventure. You swim like a champion, trying to be as streamlined as possible and glide effortlessly through the water. Your heart rate is already at its limits and your breathing borders on hyperventilation.
The animals tagged for this study exhibited profound diving capabilities; however, the dive depths and durations reported here far exceed the prior records for this species. The deepest dive of 2992 m.Read more
A Cuvier's beaked whale has set a new deep diving record for a sea mammal by plunging nearly three kms below the ocean surface. The deepest recorded dive reached 2992 m, and the longest dive lasted 137.5 min.
Humpback whales in the oceans of the North Pacific, North Atlantic and Southern Hemisphere are much more distinct from each other than previously thought.
The researchers used a combination of DNA analysis and physical characteristics to identify the new species from seven specimens found stranded in Sri Lanka, the Gilbert Islands (now Kiribati), Palmyra Atoll in the Northern Line Islands near HawaiRead more
With the re-discovery of Mesoplodon hotaula, there are now 22 recognised species of beaked whales.