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Jul. 18, 2014

Scientists Call Whales the ‘Engineers’ of the Ocean Ecosystem

Whales stabilize the ocean ecosystem through a mechanism scientists call the “whale pump,” or fecal plumes.

whales, sperm, balleen, cetaceans, fecal pump, plume, ocean, ecosystem

Sep. 20, 2013

A Chronicle of a Whale’s Life, Captured in Earwax

Researchers say earwax can provide data about pesticide exposures, hormone levels, and even stress levels of the endangered blue whale.

Sascha Usenko, Stephen Trumble, blue whale ear wax, tree rings

Apr. 11, 2014

With Her Kids' Help, Jean Craighead George’s ‘Ice Whale’ Sees Print

The final novel from My Side of the Mountain author Jean Craighead George takes children underneath the Arctic Ocean.

Feb. 06, 2009

Ancient Whale Relative Gave Birth on Land

Fossil remains of an ancient pregnant whale suggest that the animal gave birth on land some 47.5 million years ago.

whale, land, evolution, fossil

Dec. 07, 2012

Blue Whale Barrel Roll Caught on Camera

Biologists are using data tags and a National Geographic Crittercam to study the dining habits of the largest animal on the planet.

blue whales, undersea camera, video, ocean, crittercam, underwater acrobatics

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