This still, taken from a Sept. 29 video shot by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, captures the first sighting of a humpback whale in Hawaii this season. The whales head to Hawaii to breed every winter, after spending the summer feeding in Alaskan waters.
In what appears to be a growing trend among animals these days, a seal was spotted riding on the back of a humpback whale off the coast of Australia’s New South Wales.
Humpback whales are renowned for their ability to produce songs of remarkable beauty, complexity, and duration. But despite decades of research, scientists still aren't sure why these whales engage in such elaborate acoustic displays. Here's what we know — and have yet to learn — about the humpback whale's song.
When your dog barks, is it actually communicating with language, or is it just making a sound to convey "Feed me!" (to you) or "Back off!" (to another canine)? A new animated short from New Scientist investigates "animal chatter," and how it relates to human language.
In this stunning video captured by AkXpro, a large pod of whales can be seen forming a circle and then lunching out of the water in near-perfect synchrony. It's a remarkable hunting strategy known as bubble feeding.
Humpback whales can be found all over the world's oceans, despite the heavy beating they took in the era of industrial whaling. They undertake one of the longest annual migrations feeding at high latitudes and breeding near the equator. But there's one peculiar group of humpbacks who live life a bit differently.
Not for nothing are Orcas called Killer whales, but reports of their hunting the "great" whales (baleen & sperm whales) have been rare, and there is little consensus as to the importance of such predation. But new evidence suggests that Humpback whale calves are a regular snack for the black and white killers.
The humpback whale is one of Earth's largest creatures, with an average weight of around 40 tons. But as it turns out, this gigantic creature is vulnerable to the toxins of a much smaller living thing: Aconitum delphinifolium, better known as Larkspur monkshood.
The gaping maw of a humpback whale can open to a width of several meters when engaging in a predatory technique known as lunge feeding. And even though humpbacks feed primarily on small fish and crustaceans, I like to imagine that they enjoy reminding us that they could just as easily fit a few humans inside their…