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Why whales grew to such monster sizes

A new study in Science Magazine explains the evolutionary forces behind the ocean’s behemoths. It offers an explanation of why some whales became the world’s biggest animals. “They found that the baleen whales’ growth spurt coincided with the beginning of the first ice ages. As glaciers expanded, spring and summer runoff poured nutrients into the …

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Spectacular drone footage features three whales checking out a boat

Wam Wamland shot the footage during a sea trip in New Caledonia in the South Pacific, he writes; Whales have offered a water ballet far beyond our expectations … Our drone has not lost a thing! They came directly toward us and have tours around the boat stopped, we determined to line their eyes! After …

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MIT: Mapping whale calls reveal feeding in species-specific hotspots

Using acoustic data collected just north of Georges Bank in the fall of 2006, researchers from MIT, Northeastern University, The Institute of Marine Research in Norway, and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration have found that as multiple species of whales feast on herring, they tend to stick with their own kind.  

GoPro: The Search for the Blue Whale – A Prelude to ‘Racing Extinction’

An in-depth short documentary and behind the scenes of the Blue Whale opening sequence from the feature film ‘Racing Extinction’. Louie Psihoyos and the Oceanic Preservation Society, the same team who brought you the Academy Award winning film ‘The Cove’, bring professional freedivers and GoPro Original Productions together to film something truly unique and never …

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Howard Hall: Sperm Whale Encounter

Filmed by Howard Hall, this video was shot in Dominica. The capture format was RED 4K. Divers were Douglas Seifert and Andrew Armour. Music is by Shie Rozow.  

MacGillivray Freeman: Humpback Whales | Narrated by Ewan McGregor

An extraordinary journey into the hidden world of nature’s most awe-inspiring marine mammal, Humpback Whales takes audiences to Alaska, Hawaii and the Kingdom of Tonga for a close-up look at how these whales communicate, sing, feed, play and take care of their young. Captured for the first time with IMAX® 3D cameras, and found in …

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Science Bulletins: Whales Give Dolphins a Lift

Many species interact in the wild, most often as predator and prey. But recent encounters between humpback whales and bottlenose dolphins reveal a playful side to interspecies interaction. In two different locations in Hawaii, scientists watched as dolphins “rode” the heads of whales: the whales lifted the dolphins up and out of the water, and …

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Two divers for dinner: Close encounter with whales

A group of divers off the coast recently almost became lunch for two humpback whales. Two of the divers were in the ocean near Avila Beach in southern California shooting underwater footage when the whales broke the surface to feed – and it has all been captured on video.

Close Encounters of the Giant Kind

Photographing for National Geographic, Brian Skerry describes the exhilaration of an up-close encounter with a curious, 45-foot-long right whale.