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Differences Between Sharks And Whales: Which Is A Mammal Or A Fish?

Drawing a clear line between Sharks And Whales can get confusing. Learn which is a mammal and which is a fish. 

Whale Shark: Sharks and whales

A Whale Shark: Despite being called a Whale Shark and sharing several traits with whales, this creature is a fish not a mammal.

If you are anything like most people, you would have at some point thought sharks and whales, especially the very large species, are similar or even related.

Take the example of the largest sharks and whales, for instance.

The whale shark and the basking shark are filter feeders, so are the grey whales, blue whales, and so on. They are

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Humpback Whales Versus Killer Whales: Why Are Humpbacks Saving Seals?

It’s a Humpback whales versus Killer Whales scuffle. But why are these otherwise gentle whales risking their lives to save seals and other prey from killer whales?

A Killer Whale Hunting A Seal In Antarctica; humpback whales versus killer whales

A Killer Whale Hunting A Seal In Antarctica

A marine ecologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) named Robert Pitman was working with an expedition in Antarctica back in 2009 when he noticed something strange in the water.

According to him, a pack of killer whales (orcas) were hunting a Weddell seal and had succeeded in washing it off an ice floe into the water. As usual, the next thing was to go in for the kill. But suddenly, a pair of  Humpback whales swam to the scene.

As he watched in surprise, one of the massive mammals flipped onto its back and carried the seal on its enormous belly. Even when the killer whales came closer to claim their prey, the humpback just arched itself upwards and

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Can A Whale Swallow A Human Being? Let’s Consider The Facts

There’s a very popular story about a whale swallowing a person. But based on science, can a whale swallow a human being?

Jonah And The Whale: Can A Whale Swallow A Human Being?

Jonah and the Whale (1621) By Pieter Lastman (Public Domain)

If you’re anything like many ocean goers, you may have wondered what it would feel like for a whale to swallow you. Especially if you’ve ever seen one of these absolutely massive creatures in real life.

You’d probably think being swallowed by a whale would be one of the most horrible things that could ever

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Species Profile: The Common Minke Whale

The Common Minke Whale is the smallest in its suborder and is known for “human watching.”

Common minke whale

The Common Minke Whale is one of two species of minke whales both within the suborder of baleen whales.

This whale is the second smallest in size among the baleen whales. The pygmy right whale is the only one that’s smaller. It has a blackish-gray and sometimes purple color with white underbelly. A white band on each flipper distinguishes the common minke whales from others of its kind.

The common minke whale was initially ignored by commercial whalers during the whaling era because of its

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Species Profile: The Sei Whale

The Sei Whale is the fourth largest baleen whale and an endangered species.

Sei whale with a calf

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

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