Marine Mammals

Shaving Manatees—for Science!
Article - Short

Manatees can sense the world around them using nothing more than body hair.

The Path of the Unseen Whale
Article - Short

Just as a hunter leaves a trail in the snow, a whale forms prints on the water’s surface.

Listen to How Loud the Sea Is
Infographic

Our interactive sound map explores the busy marine soundscape, from kayaks to cruise ships. 

Biology Versus Bones: the Case of the Cape Flattery Fur Seal
Article - Short

The fishing rights of Olympic Peninsula tribes hinge on solving the identity of Cape Flattery’s fur seals. 

The Wrong Whale In All The Right Ways
Article - Short

New research reveals how the North Pacific’s wrong whale escaped exploitation during whaling’s heyday.

Rich Dolphin, Poor Dolphin, Beggar Dolphin, Thief
Article - Short

Human activity turns dolphins into beggars and thieves. What does that mean for their social lives?

For Sale: Wild Russian Killer Whales
Features

As Westerners condemn live whale shows, Russia hunts and sells killer whales to Chinese amusement parks.

All You Can Eat Wings
Article - Short

Seabirds are the unintended victims of hungry humpback whales.

Tracking the Scars of Dolphin-Shark Battles
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It’s almost impossible to witness skirmishes between dolphins and sharks, so researchers look to their battle scars for clues.

Book Review: Ice Bear
Article - Short

A richly illustrated book explores the cultural history of the Arctic’s iconic symbol: the polar bear. 

Luxury Living for Retired Whales
Article - Short

The Whale Sanctuary Project wants to build an ocean home for captive killer whales.

One Ocean, Many Killer Whale Cultures
Article - Short

Iceland’s killer whale society is more fluid than that of their northeast Pacific peers.

The Bounty of the Bone Pile
Features

Butchered whales lure polar bears and tourists to a coastal Alaskan town. So far, so good. Sort of.

Caller ID for Dolphins
Article - Short

Researchers have developed an algorithm that identifies species by their calls and could help make population estimates.

Hark! A Sea Monster! (Oh, No, Just a Dying Whale)
Article - Short

All those strange sea monster sightings in days of yore? This may be the best explanation yet.

Why Whales Leap Into the Air
Article - Short

After hundreds of hours of observations, we now know it’s true: breaching humpback whales are yelling.

What Happens When an Endangered Whale Pod Loses its Wise Old Grandma?
Article - Short

With the death of Granny, the matriarch of the northeast Pacific’s southern resident killer whales, a century’s worth of knowledge and leadership...

Competition Pressured Killer Whales into Menopause
Article - Short

Selfish daughters, not altruistic grandmothers, could explain the evolution of menopause.

Protecting Blue Whales by Predicting Where They’ll Be
Article - Short

Researchers are using historical tracking data and environmental modeling to calculate where blue whales will congregate.

How High Schoolers’ Hacks Fixed a Whale Snot-Collecting Drone
Article - Short

SnotBot got a boost from teen roboticists. 

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