Whales

A Whale Of A Time Underwater
11:03 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Whales' New Breath-Hold Record Like 'Flying From Seattle To San Jose' Without A Gasp

Satellite tag being attached to the dorsal fin of a Cuvier's beaked whale. The tagging arrow can be seen in the air as it detaches from the tag.
Erin Falcone Cascadia Research under NOAA permit 16111

Think about how long you can hold your breath, then consider this.

Northwest-based whale researchers have documented a new breath-hold record among mammals. They timed a dive by a beaked whale that lasted 2 hours and 17 minutes.

A paper published in the peer-reviewed journal PLOS One by scientists with the Cascadia Research Collective of Olympia revealed two new records. The researchers tagged Cuvier's beaked whales, a rarely-seen species which forages in deep ocean waters worldwide, including off the U.S. West Coast.

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KPLU diversions
1:35 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Endangered whales invade California coastal waters 


A humpback whale lunges out of the water to feed on krill near a gathering of spectators just off a beach at San Luis Obispo, Calif., on Saturday.
The Associated Press

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – Tourists from around the world are flocking to the Monterey Bay to catch a glimpse of the massive marine mammals, including impressive numbers of blue whales, the largest animals on earth.

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Whale science
10:00 am
Wed May 23, 2012

Mysterious sensory organ found in whale's chin

A new sensory organ, highlighted in a fin whale after lunging, coordinates their lunge-feeding strategy. At right, anatomy of the new sensory organ.
Smithsonian

If you came face to face with a great whale, you might find a few surprises in its chin: Like whiskers, if you look closely at the surface.

And, hidden inside the chin, lies a mysterious sensory organ, unknown to centuries of whalers and biologists.

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Environment lawsuit
3:36 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

Groups sue over Navy sonar use off Northwest coast

Conservationists and Native American tribes have filed a lawsuit over the Navy's expanded use of sonar in training exercises off the Washington, Oregon and California coasts, saying the noise can harass and kill whales and other marine life.

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Animals
3:21 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

Just a cool photo of a beluga whale ... blowing a bubble ring

Itsuo Inouye Associated Press

A white whale, also known as beluga, puffs a ring at Kamogawa Sea World in Kamogawa, east of Tokyo, Japan, Sunday, Dec. 25.

Environment
2:45 pm
Tue June 28, 2011

Whale skeleton being processed for assembly, display in Tacoma

After being buried for six months under over 10 yards of horse manure, the gray whale bones, including the skull are excavated by a team of volunteers from Highline Community College's Marine Science and Technology Center.
Highline Community College MaST Center

The skeleton of a gray whale that died last year in Seattle is taking shape in Tacoma.

Highline Community College marine biologist Rus Higley, staff and volunteers are bleaching and assembling the skeleton for display in later this year. (Photo gallery inside)

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