Marine Mammals

Avoiding Extinction
Features

Giving Mexico’s rarest porpoise, the vaquita, a fighting chance in the face of poverty, corruption, and greed.

Starving Killer Whales Are Losing Most of Their Babies
Article - Short

A nearly 70 percent miscarriage rate is threatening the future of the southern resident killer whale.

The Oral History of Toothless Whales
Features

Baleen whales carry their medical records in their mouths.

Dolphins Master Decapitation
Article - Short

In the Gulf of Mexico, dolphins have learned a deadly new trick.

The Power of Compassion
Features

Why humpback whales rescue seals and why volunteering for beach cleanups improves your health.

Hypothesis Confirmed: Sea Lion Mass Deaths Caused by Malnutrition
Article - Short

The warm water Blob hurt a generation of sea lions.

Why Don’t Whales Get Out of the Way?
Article - Short

Ships are huge and loud, yet they seem to take whales by surprise.

A Teen Whaler in the Age of Cyberbullies
Features

Internet death threats hound a young Alaskan after a successful hunt.

Some Dolphins Are Bad Divers
Article - Short

And when dolphins are stressed, those that are bad at diving can die.

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
Article - Short

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.

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