Dolphins and Whales News -- ScienceDaily

Shedding light on the origin of the baleen whale (Wed, 30 Nov 2016)
The origin of filter feeding in baleen whales -- the largest animal known to have ever existed -- is now better understood, thanks to research on 'Alfred' the 25- million-year-old fossilized whale skull.
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New forecast tool helps ships avoid blue whale hotspots (Tue, 29 Nov 2016)
Scientists have long used satellite tags to track blue whales along the West Coast, learning how the largest animals on the planet find enough small krill to feed on to support their enormous size. Now researchers have combined that trove of tracking data with satellite observations of ocean conditions to develop the first system for predicting locations of blue whales off the West Coast. The system, called WhaleWatch, produces monthly maps of blue whale "hotspots" to alert ships where there may be an increased risk of encountering these endangered whales.
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Teenage male whale sharks don’t want to leave home (Fri, 25 Nov 2016)
Researchers have completed a huge photo-identification study to assess the seasonal habits of whale sharks in the tropics. They were surprised to discover that the male juveniles didn't seem to venture too far from home.
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The HHR research program helps to monitor the health, movement and well-being of humpback whales in south-east Queensland. Our annual systematic surveys reveals exciting and new facts. Check our latest entries on the map below. >>more


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