The Dwarf Sperm Whale is one of only two cetacean species that can eject “ink” to scare off would-be predators.
A Dwarf Sperm Whale Breaching (Photo: Robert Pitman/NOAA)
The Dwarf Sperm Whale is one of only three surviving species in the sperm whale family. These creatures are very rarely sighted out at sea, so the much that’s known about them is gathered from studying stranded carcasses.
This species holds the position of the smallest in size of true whales. At the most they will grow up to 2.7 m (8.9 ft) in length. Hence, they are even smaller than some dolphin species.
They prefer clam and quiet seas where they spend their days making slow movements while lying motionless at
Drawing a clear line between Sharks And Whales can get confusing. Learn which is a mammal and which is a fish.
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
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 (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
Whales, Porpoises, and Dolphins are all cetaceans but there are differences between each species.
Finless Porpoise, Miyajima Aquarium, Japan. (Photo: ori2uru/Wikimedia Commons, cc 2.0)
Whales, Porpoises, and Dolphins are all members of the cetacean species. They are also referred to as placental marine mammals since they carry their fetus in their uterus during most of the fetal developmental stage. They feed, suckle and give birth to their young ones underwater exclusively.
These aquatic animals are also referred to as “Conscious Breathers” because they can decide when to breathe. This feature differentiates them from sharks. Most sharks need to keep moving around before they can breathe.
But in contrast to sharks, cetaceans can remain motionless in the water when they want to sleep. However, they
The Common Minke Whale is the smallest in its suborder and is known for “human watching.”
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
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