Marine mammals

Mammal on Victorian beach thought to be rare dwarf sperm whale

The 2.42-metre whale washed up on Lake Tyers beach and authorities suspect it could be rare species spotted only 17 times since records began in Australia

03 May 2016

These dolphins talk to each other. Why do we insist it isn’t language?

A new study shows that dolphins chatter while cooperating on a task. The line between human and animal language may not be as clear as we like to think

20 April 2016

Study: Polar bears swimming more as sea ice retreats

"Recent studies indicate that swimming may be energetically costly to polar bears," said study author Nicholas Pilfold.
 
20 April 2016

The vaquita could go extinct this year as totoaba poaching continues to increase

China’s demand for swim bladders from a giant Mexican fish called the totoaba is putting the species at risk.

13 April 2016

Más muertes y afecciones de pulmón en bebés delfín por el petróleo de BP

La mayoría de los fetos y de los delfines recién nacidos que quedaron varados en las áreas afectadas por el vertido de petróleo que comenzó el 20 de abril de 2010 en el Golfo de México presentaban

12 April 2016

Polar bears losing weight as Arctic sea ice melts, Canadian study finds

Between 1984 and 2009 the weight of female bears in Ontario fell by over 10% while climate change meant they had 30 fewer days a year to hunt seal on ice

05 April 2016

Famous 70s killer whale found to be living in Scotland

Scientists studying Scotland's resident population of killer whales have identified an individual animal which hit the headlines in the 1970s.

01 April 2016

Endangered whales in Washington's Puget Sound to get individual records

The records will include data on behavior, reproductive success, and skin diseases and will be used to monitor individual health as well as overall trends

30 March 2016