Marine Mammals

Rich Dolphin, Poor Dolphin, Beggar Dolphin, Thief
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Human activity turns dolphins into beggars and thieves. What does that mean for their social lives?

For Sale: Wild Russian Killer Whales
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As Westerners condemn live whale shows, Russia hunts and sells killer whales to Chinese amusement parks.

All You Can Eat Wings
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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
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A richly illustrated book explores the cultural history of the Arctic’s iconic symbol: the polar bear. 

Luxury Living for Retired Whales
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The Whale Sanctuary Project wants to build an ocean home for captive killer whales.

One Ocean, Many Killer Whale Cultures
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Iceland’s killer whale society is more fluid than that of their northeast Pacific peers.

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

Caller ID for Dolphins
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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)
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All those strange sea monster sightings in days of yore? This may be the best explanation yet.

Why Whales Leap Into the Air
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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?
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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
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Selfish daughters, not altruistic grandmothers, could explain the evolution of menopause.

Protecting Blue Whales by Predicting Where They’ll Be
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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
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SnotBot got a boost from teen roboticists. 

Scientists Confirm: “the Blob” Really Messed Up the Northeast Pacific
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The Pacific warm water “Blob” contributed to a record toxic algae bloom.

Five Fishy Cases of Seafood Fraud
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Fancy some fake caviar, imaginary fish, and sushi made from an endangered species?

Pilot Whales Join the Babysitters’ Club
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Off the coast of Nova Scotia, pilot whales look out for each other.

New Research Offers a Wider View on Indigenous North American Whaling
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Additional early North American societies may have been whale hunters, not just scavengers. 

What’s the True Scientific Value of Scientific Whaling?
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A new study shows that countries that participate in lethal scientific whaling do not produce superior scientific research. 

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