Mother Nature Network on Tumblr MNN on Facebook MNN on Twitter
Mother Nature Network

20

Oct

nubbsgalore:

migaloo, one of only two known all white humpback whales, was photographed off the northern coast of new south wales as he made his annual migration north from antarctica. migaloo lost claim to being the only all white humpback in 2011, when an all white calf was spotted in these waters. most believe migaloo, now 35, to be the father. though often described as albino, migaloo has brown eyes and is more likely leucistic or hypopigmented. 

photos by (click pic) jenny dean, jonas liebschner and ray alley

09

Oct

Killer whales learn to ‘talk’ like bottlenose dolphinsOrcas who spent time around bottlenose dolphins learned to imitate their famous clicks and whistles, a new study finds, further demonstrating the depth of killer whales’ intelligence and social complexity.

Killer whales learn to ‘talk’ like bottlenose dolphins
Orcas who spent time around bottlenose dolphins learned to imitate their famous clicks and whistles, a new study finds, further demonstrating the depth of killer whales’ intelligence and social complexity.

30

Sep

50 whales may be a new (and very endangered) speciesGenetic testing suggests Bryde’s whales in the Gulf of Mexico might actually be a unique species. If so, they would be the most endangered whales on Earth, prompting a new petition for U.S. protection.

50 whales may be a new (and very endangered) species
Genetic testing suggests Bryde’s whales in the Gulf of Mexico might actually be a unique species. If so, they would be the most endangered whales on Earth, prompting a new petition for U.S. protection.

27

Jul

How much do you know about whales?These giants of the sea are intelligent, fascinating and unique. But how much do you really know about them? Test your knowledge with this quiz.

How much do you know about whales?
These giants of the sea are intelligent, fascinating and unique. But how much do you really know about them? Test your knowledge with this quiz.

09

Jun

Could whale-watching replace whaling in Japan?The newly created Japan Whale and Dolphin Watching Council will promote marine mammal eco-tourism, offering a lucrative alternative as Japan loses its taste for hunting wild cetaceans.

Could whale-watching replace whaling in Japan?
The newly created Japan Whale and Dolphin Watching Council will promote marine mammal eco-tourism, offering a lucrative alternative as Japan loses its taste for hunting wild cetaceans.

07

Mar

A California lawmaker will introduce a bill on Friday that would make orca shows illegal — one that is specifically meant to affect the 10 captive orcas at SeaWorld San Diego, the only California facility that has whales.

A California lawmaker will introduce a bill on Friday that would make orca shows illegal — one that is specifically meant to affect the 10 captive orcas at SeaWorld San Diego, the only California facility that has whales.

06

Jan

Sea Shepherd locate whaling fleet within sanctuaryConservation group claims the Japanese were hunting illegally within the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.

Sea Shepherd locate whaling fleet within sanctuary
Conservation group claims the Japanese were hunting illegally within the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.

06

Dec

Pilot whales trapped in Everglades now heading back to seaPilot whales are prone to stranding themselves more often due to the potential of an entire pod following one sick whale.

Pilot whales trapped in Everglades now heading back to sea
Pilot whales are prone to stranding themselves more often due to the potential of an entire pod following one sick whale.

20

Nov

What’s a humpback whale doing in the forest?This eye-opening video could change your perspective about the oceans.

What’s a humpback whale doing in the forest?
This eye-opening video could change your perspective about the oceans.

22

Oct

Film shows why captive whales turn killersThe controversial ‘Blackfish’ documentary makes its TV debut on CNN, revealing the truth behind the SeaWorld tragedy. In an interview with MNN, the film’s producer explains the plight of animals in entertainment and her hopes for a new kind of amusement park.

Film shows why captive whales turn killers
The controversial ‘Blackfish’ documentary makes its TV debut on CNN, revealing the truth behind the SeaWorld tragedy. In an interview with MNN, the film’s producer explains the plight of animals in entertainment and her hopes for a new kind of amusement park.