Apparently whale ancestors were nothing like the gentle giants we know today.
Hippos Are The Closest Living Relatives Of Modern Whales.
It may come as a surprise to know that millions of years back, whales looked next to nothing like what we know them to be today.
For one thing, they were unbelievably much smaller than their modern descendants. In addition, they had very
Though it sounds strange, whales often get lost at sea. Here are the reasons why.
Scientists and researchers have not been able to establish a definite reason as to why a whale could get lost at sea and end up on a beach.
Although, there are several assumptions to possibly explain this strange occurrence. Records however show that the phenomenon has been happening since 300BC. But strangely, researchers are now noticing an increase in mass strandings of these creatures especially in recent years.
Unfortunately, it’s still not completely clear why there’s this sudden increase.
From negative human activities, to natural causes, whale strandings are not pleasant in any way and animal
The Sei Whale is the fourth largest baleen whale and an endangered species.
Sei Whale Mother With Her Calf (Photo: NOAA)
The Sei Whale is another baleen whale and it’s the fourth largest of them after the Blue Whale, the Fin Whale, and the Humpback Whale.
Although it prefers deeper offshore waters, it’s often sighted in most oceans and adjoining seas.
Typically, its body is colored dark steel gray with irregular light grayish to white markings towards the front of the lower body. The Sei whale’s skin is commonly marked with distinct crater-shaped scars caused by wounds
The debate about underwater sonar and whales has been on for years now. Here are the facts.
The debate about whether underwater sonar is harmful to marine life or not, especially cetaceans, has been raging for long now.
Active sonar (sound navigation and ranging), is the transmission equipment used on ships to assist with navigation. But this becomes a problem for some categories of marine animals for example whales and dolphins. That’s because these creatures use echolocation, or bio-sonar systems, to locate predators and prey.
It appears that active sonar transmitters can confuse these animals and even interferes with some of their basic
The Gray Whale resisted capture so much that whalers named it “Devilfish.”
A Gray Whale In Captivity (Photo: Marine Mammal Commission/Wikimedia. Public Domain)
The Gray Whale is a medium-sized baleen whale and the only surviving member of its genus and family. This species is a migratory animal that travels annually between its feeding and breeding grounds.
These whales have a hump and a ridge of sharp bumps running down their backs rather than a dorsal fin. They also prefer to stay close to shore – feeding in shallow waters.
The common name, Gray Whale, comes from the contrasting gray patches and white mottling on its dark colored skin. The white patches are the result of barnacles and lice that have attached themselves to the whales’ skins. In
Mass Whale strandings are becoming a very frequent and unpleasant occurrence.
A Beached Sperm Whale. This Species Is Prone To Mass Whale Strandings
Whale strandings commonly known as beaching, is an unpleasant phenomenon in which these massive aquatic animals strand themselves on a beach. Beached whales, and dolphins, often die due to collapsing under their own weight, dehydration, or drowning during a high tide.
Several scientific explanations of strandings have been proposed in the past; however none have so far been widely accepted as a reason for this behavior. Actually, scientists have never really understood what drives whole
Whales and other wildlife are returning in large numbers to South Georgia and the Sandwich Islands.
Colony Of About 60,000 Pairs Of King Penguins, Salisbury Plain, South Georgia (Photo: Pismire @ German language Wikipedia, cc by-sa 3.0)
The place that was once credited as one of the greatest whaling stations on Earth is once again making big headlines.
In the South Atlantic, South Georgia and the Sandwich islands may not have any human habitation, but they are now thriving with wildlife, thanks to the penguins, seals and whales making their way back to this once deserted place.
The south of Sandwich Islands and South Georgia is a favorite spot for mammals drawn by the abundant krill and fish in the waters. Wherever you look, you can easily spot a seal, a penguin or a whale – an incredible sight to watch.
Here’s what to do if you come across a Stranded Whale.
Sperm Whales Stranded Near Gibraltar Point In Skegness (Photo: Reuters)
Whales are the largest mammals we have on Earth today. But though their natural habitat is in the water, they frequently beach themselves. Though scientists are still not completely clear on what causes this problem there are many factors that contribute to it.
For example, sea tides vary with time. Hence, a whale can be in a “high” tide only to get stranded when the waters recede. However, most studies indicate that whales swim to the shore themselves when they are sick or dying.
In addition, different species of whales are prone to stranding some more than others. Even very large ones like the sperm whale or even the blue whale are not exempted from this problem. But be that as it may, rescuing a
The Bowhead Whale is one of the largest whales on Earth and it has the largest mouth of any creature on the Planet.
A Bowhead Whale Spy-Hopping In The Ulbansky Bay, Northwestern Okhotsk Sea (Author: Olga Shpak/Wikimedia Commons cc by-sa 3.0)
The Bowhead Whale is one of the biggest whales on earth and it’s a species belonging in the Balaenidae family. They live exclusively in the waters of the Arctic and sub-Arctic regions of the Earth.
It has a dark, stocky body, with a white patch under its lower jaw and it lacks a dorsal fin. Their heads are large, triangular, and so strong that they use them to break through thick sheets of ice in order to breath. Some Inuit hunters have even reported seeing bowhead whales breaking through up to 60 cm (24 in) of solid ice.
This whale gets its common name from its strongly bowed lower jaw and narrow upper jaw. These are filter feeders: instead of teeth, they have baleen plates for filtering prey after gulping large amounts of water. Interestingly, the bowhead whale has the largest baleen plates of any whale: about 3 m (9.8 ft).
The North Atlantic Right Whale is the most endangered species among whales today.
North Atlantic Right Whale With A Calf (Photo: NMFS NOAA)
The North Atlantic Right Whale is one of three baleen right whale species in the Eubalaena genus. They are among the biggest whales on earth.
Their docile and easy to hunt nature made them a target for ruthless hunting in past decades. Today, they are easily the most endangered whales in the world.
These whales are easy to identify with the callosities on their heads (caused by whale lice infestation), and a broad back lacking any dorsal fin. Also, their mouths arcs deeply from just below the eye. The North Atlantic right whale has a very dark gray/black body and some individuals have white patches on the belly.