Whales

Why do some dolphins, whales get stranded along coasts?

Why do some dolphins, whales get stranded along coasts?

Mass strandings occur around the world and can affect anywhere from three to several hundred animals during any given event.

Dec 11, 2017, 18:52 PM IST
Male whales might be in danger due to poor social ties

Male whales might be in danger due to poor social ties

Killer whales are highly cooperative, and males at the centre of a social group are likely to have better access to social information and food-sharing opportunities, the researchers said.
 

Oct 25, 2017, 17:36 PM IST
Whales, dolphins follow rich 'human-like' culture, says study

Whales, dolphins follow rich 'human-like' culture, says study

Further, vocal mimicry and 'signature whistles' used by dolphins to make a call associated with an individual when they're not there, suggests they too gossip about each other. 
 

Oct 17, 2017, 16:40 PM IST
Scientists debunk theories about ancient whales being gentle giants, say they were predators – Read

Scientists debunk theories about ancient whales being gentle giants, say they were predators – Read

They found that teeth in ancient baleen whales, the ancestors of the Southern Right and Blue whale, were different to the present-day and were instead much sharper. 

Aug 30, 2017, 12:09 PM IST
Scientists reveal how planet's biggest animal 'whale' became big

Scientists reveal how planet's biggest animal 'whale' became big

According to new research from scientists, it was only recently in whale's evolutionary past that they became so enormous.

May 24, 2017, 12:42 PM IST
333 whales killed by Japan as part of annual Antarctic hunt

333 whales killed by Japan as part of annual Antarctic hunt

The fleet set sail for the Southern Ocean in November, with plans to slaughter 333 minke whales, flouting a worldwide moratorium and opposition led by Australia and New Zealand.

Mar 31, 2017, 13:28 PM IST
Spiders beat humans, whales by consuming upto 800 million tones of prey each year

Spiders beat humans, whales by consuming upto 800 million tones of prey each year

Researchers have revealed that spiders wipe out an estimated 400-800 million tonnes of prey every year, compared to an estimated 280-500 million tonnes of prey that the world's whales eat.

Mar 15, 2017, 12:14 PM IST
New Zealand whale stranding: Authorities begin clean-up of carcasses

New Zealand whale stranding: Authorities begin clean-up of carcasses

In total, an estimated 666 whales had been stranded at Farewell Spit, on the northern tip of the South Island, in one of the largest mass beachings recorded in New Zealand.

Feb 13, 2017, 09:09 AM IST
More than 200 whales refloat themselves in New Zealand

More than 200 whales refloat themselves in New Zealand

However they had not left the area and there were fears they could become stuck on the coastline again.

Feb 12, 2017, 10:26 AM IST
Kiwi rescuers come to the aid of stranded whales

Kiwi rescuers come to the aid of stranded whales

A group of about 100 volunteers, supported by three boats, successfully turned the whales away from shore by blocking their path, conservation officials said in a statement.

Feb 11, 2017, 14:17 PM IST
At least 300 whales found dead in mass stranding on New Zealand beach - Watch

At least 300 whales found dead in mass stranding on New Zealand beach - Watch

Although the reasons why these whales have been stranded are still unknown, the Golden Bay, which has shallow waters, is known for these kinds of incidents.

Feb 10, 2017, 12:54 PM IST
Melting Arctic sea ice may up whale predation

Melting Arctic sea ice may up whale predation

Researchers from Florida Atlantic University (FAU) in the US, evaluated the relationship between changing sea ice and the migration of the Arctic whale also known as white whale and beluga whales.

Nov 21, 2016, 17:12 PM IST
Pierce Brosnan lends support to whale security, joins campaign to save the gentle giants!

Pierce Brosnan lends support to whale security, joins campaign to save the gentle giants!

"We are passionate about efforts to protect our planet's great whales and their ocean habitat," Brosnan said.

Oct 25, 2016, 23:42 PM IST

Dozens of pilot whales stranded in Indonesia, eight dead

Eight pilot whales have died after a mass stranding on the coast of Indonesia's main island of Java that sparked a major rescue operation, an official said today.

Jun 16, 2016, 10:38 AM IST
Watch: Footage of rare Omura's whales off Madagascar!

Watch: Footage of rare Omura's whales off Madagascar!

Dr Salvatore Cerchio and his fellow researchers documented around 80 Omura’s whales off the coast of Madagascar last November.

Mar 07, 2016, 07:41 AM IST
Shocking! 45 whales die after being washed ashore in Tamil Nadu

Shocking! 45 whales die after being washed ashore in Tamil Nadu

While as many as 36 whales have been rescued by the fishermen, 45 whales have been confirmed dead.

Jan 12, 2016, 19:31 PM IST

Several whales washed ashore in Tamil Nadu's Tuticorin

Several small whales have been washed ashore on a beach in Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu since Monday night, as per reports.

Jan 12, 2016, 16:48 PM IST
Over 100 whales wash ashore in Tamil Nadu

Over 100 whales wash ashore in Tamil Nadu

Several whales have been found stranded on a beach in Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu.

Jan 12, 2016, 13:23 PM IST

Planktons' jumps may help us improve our engineering

 Dolphins and whales may attract a lot of attention when they leap dramatically out of the water. But aquatic animals thousands of times smaller, such as plankton, are accomplished jumpers, too.

Oct 18, 2015, 15:54 PM IST
How blue whales plan their feed 'outings'

How blue whales plan their feed 'outings'

Are whales indiscriminate grazers that consume copious amounts of tiny krill throughout the day? No, says a new study which finds that whales forage efficiently to optimise their energy levels.

Oct 04, 2015, 18:44 PM IST