Why whales are big but not bigger: Physiological drivers and ecological limits in the age of ocean giants
Marine Ecology

Why whales are big but not bigger: Physiological drivers and ecological limits in the age of ocean giants

It’s the prey that mattersAlthough many people think of dinosaurs as being the largest creatures to have lived on Earth, the true largest known animal is still here today—the blue whale. How whales were able to become so large has long been of interest. Goldbogen et al. used field-collected data on feeding and diving events…

Save the Whales—But Actually
Conservation

Save the Whales—But Actually

Environmentalists have been demanding that we save the whales for decades. The phrase has been printed ad nauseam on so many buttons and t-shirts and bumper stickers that it’s practically a joke.But we should probably listen to them. Great whales are not only fascinating and cute as hell, they also keep carbon out of the…

Right whale’s death caused by entanglement in Canadian gear, says conservation group | CBC News
Conservation

Right whale’s death caused by entanglement in Canadian gear, says conservation group | CBC News

New BrunswickThe death of a 40-year-old male right whale found floating in U.S. waters was caused by entanglement in Canadian fishing gear. That is the finding of a necropsy performed by the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society.Necropsy found no evidence of vessel strike; no signs of diseaseAngela Bosse · CBC News · Posted: Nov 03, 2019 12:54…

What Whales and Dolphins Left Behind for Life in the Ocean
Nature & Science

What Whales and Dolphins Left Behind for Life in the Ocean

Science|What Whales and Dolphins Left Behind for Life in the OceanTrilobitesThe ancestors of dolphins and whales survived in the seas by shedding genes involved in sleep, DNA repair and other seemingly critical activities. ImageSperm whales in waters near the Azores Islands in the Atlantic Ocean.CreditCreditFrancois Gohier/VW Pics/Universal Images Group, via Getty ImagesWhen the land-dwelling ancestors…