There was a Beluga whale that learned how to mimic human speech and additionally told a diver to get out if his tank smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
Earwax analysis shows WWII was stressful for whales ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
In 1820, an 80-ton sperm whale attacked and sank the Essex (a whaling ship from Nantucket, Massachusetts). The tragedy attracted international attention, and inspired Herman Melville to write his famous 1851 novel Moby-Dick. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ess…
Today I learned of Wadi Al-Hitan (Whale Valley)- Located in the Western Desert in Egypt, this site contains the fossilized remains of whales that show their evolution from life as a land-based animal to becoming an ocean-going mammal. whc.unesco.org/en/list/11…
Whale oil was used in GM transmissions until the early 70’s. motorbiscuit.com/you-wont…
Sushi Parasites have increased by 238 times since 1970s according to the University of Washington. Scientists said this is likely due to humans recovering the seal, sea lion, and whale populations under Marine Mammal Protection Act which allows the parasites to fester. washington.edu/news/2020/…
Caribbean sperm whales have a distinct culture. They are known to interact only with other whales with their own unique dialects and 'accents' which are variations of clicks unique to that area. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
9/11 was good for whales and resulted in their stress levels going down. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
, Sperm whales, the biggest toothed whale on Earth, dont actually have teeth in the top jaw. They instead have sockets in the upper jaw that the bottom teeth fit neatly in to. ocean.si.edu/ocean-life/i…
A Sperm whale can click at about 236 decibels, making it the loudest animal on Earth. Some researchers believe they can contact each other in the ocean even from opposite sides of the planet. For comparison, a jet engine takeoff registers 150 dB. NASA's Saturn V rocket launch registered 204 dB. youtube.com/watch?v=zsDwF…
Killer whales have killed more people while in captivity than in the wild, with 0 confirmed deaths in the wild and a series of human deaths while in captivity. However there is a confirmed bite by a wild orca which required 100 stitches. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kil…
Today I learned about the Moskva, an ice breaking ship from Russia that saved 2,000 trapped Beluga whales who didn't leave at first, but followed the ships classical music. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mos…
A tame and friendly Beluga whale speculated to be an escaped Russian spy was released from a harness in Norway by villagers in 2019 and has lived there ever since. Russia didn't confirm or deny this claim, but said the nearby naval base made it a possibility. He's still alive and well. nationalgeographic.com/ma…
Beluga whales can mimic human speech, and have caused divers to inadvertently surface due to them mimicing commands to surface en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bel…
When a whale dies and sinks to the ocean floor, it support a complex ecosystem around the corpse that can last for up to 50 years, drawing life from the otherwise lifeless depths. youtu.be/-XZHms1fX4Y
The US and Russian militaries don't just use dogs - they also use dolphins, sea lions, seals, and whales. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
A man known only as "Django" drove his own boat out & freed a whale caught in a shark net off an Australian beach (without cutting the net). Before taking action, Django had waited hours for help from officials who had been called; when officials arrived, he faced a fine for acting alone. bbc.com/news/world-austra…
Whales originate from creatures that walked on earth and resembled a wolf. baleinesendirect.org/en/d…
Killer whales are such apex predators they hunt and kill terrestrial mammals such as moose and deer, When swimming between islands in North America earthtouchnews.com/oceans…
Humpback Whales, which are filter feeding animals, will occasionally(and accidentally) swallow small sea birds that get way too close during a feeding frenzy. The whales' bodies can't properly digest the birds, which end up pooped out whole in what some researchers call ''bird bricks''. marineornithology.org/PDF…
Today I learned about Aegirocassis benmoulai, the arthropod version of a whale - a 2m long filter feeder from 480 million years ago en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aeg…
Today I learned of Old Tom, a killer whale who helped whalers for 3 generation, in exchange for the tongue and the lips of the prey, a practice known as the 'Law of the Tongue'; Old Tom was thought to be the leader of a pod of killer whales which helped the whalers by herding baleen whales into Twofold Bay. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old…
Double bassist & composer Garth Stevenson accidentally summoned twelve Sei whales that swam next to the boat he was performing on during a four-day open sea crossing between South Georgia & Antarctica. He also casually did a duet with a seal! wanderlust.com/journal/mi…
The blue whale heart rate was measured for the first time last year! It gets as low as 2 beats per minute, raising up to 37 when it resurfaces (more oxygen access). It works at physiological extremes, and explains why the whale never evolved to be even bigger. newatlas.com/biology/firs…
Deepest dive any mammal has done was recorded in 2014 when a Cuvier beaked whale dove 2,992 meters below the surface off the California coast nhm.ac.uk/discover/secret…
An 8-yr-old UK boy found a rock which was ambergris: a blob made when a sperm whale has a food irritant like squid beak, coats it in grease & vomits/poops it. Perfumeries like Chanel prize ambergris for its ability to fix scent to skin; the blob of ambergris was said to be worth about $63K US. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Putting LED lights on float lines of 864 fishing gillnets reduced the bycatch of sea turtles by 74.4% & by 70.8% for dolphins, whales, & porpoises. The same amount of targeted fish were caught by both 864 lighted gillnets & 864 unlighted gillnets in a study of 3 ports in Peru from 2015 - 2018. in.mashable.com/science/9…
The macroraptorial sperm whale was a whale that lived about the same time as megalodon and was just as big. It hunted whales. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mac…
The right whale's huge balls shame even the blue whale - over 1000 pounds per teste, 10x larger than the blue's puny pebbles en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rig…
Whales and dolphins get sunburns too, sparking concern that the thinned ozone layer can lead to the development of skin cancer in these animals. sciencemag.org/news/2010/…
Blue Whales are the largest animal to have ever existed on Earth, being larger than all dinosaurs, and every single big sea animal from the past nationalgeographic.com/an…
Killer Whales slice open Great White sharks and squeeze out their livers 'like toothpaste'... theatlantic.com/science/a…
Keiko, the orca who played Willy in "Free Willy", was actually "freed" in 2002. However, he died the following year. Most sources conclude that he had become too reliant on humans to be able to integrate with other killer whales, and could not therefore adapt to life in the wild. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kei…
Beached whales can die by their skeleton collapsing under their own weight, causing the ribs to compress and subsequent asphyxiation baleinesendirect.org/en/h…
An Orca named Old Tom and his pod helped hunt Baleen Whales with whaling crews in early 20th Century Australia. The Orcas would help herd the Baleen whales, the whalers would kill it and then the whalers would let the Orcas eat the Baleen Whale's tongues and lips as their share of the kill. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old…
Killer whales use a hunting technique known as a "karate chop" against sharks. Using its tail it pushes the shark to the surface on a vortex, then raises its tail high in the air and slams it on the shark’s head. Then it flips the shark over causing tonic immobility, rendering it paralyzed. pbs.org/wnet/nature/kille…
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan was patterned heavily after Herman Melville's "Moby Dick" . Many of the lines Khan gives are copied or otherwise patterned after Ahab's while Khan himself obsesses over his personal white whale, the Enterprise and her captain. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
In 1970 Florence, Oregan, traffic officials used 450 kgs of dynamite to remove the carcass of a whale from a beach. This resulted in whale bits covering spectators and even denting cars over 800 ft away. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exp…
Today I learned about the "whale pump". Whales tend to defecate in surface waters; additionally the feces tend to float. Whales feed at deeper levels of the ocean where krill is found. The fecal action of whales thus reverses the usual flow of nutrients of the ocean's "biological pump" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wha…
Today I learned about hypertumors, a type of tumor that forms on top of an existing tumor and kills it. This happens more on larger animals, which may explain why blue whales don't die of cancer often. nature.com/news/2007/0707…
Blue whales eat half a million calories in one mouthful nationalgeographic.com/sc…
Caribbean sperm whales have a different β€œspeaking” accent than whales in other oceans. phys.org/news/2016-02-car…
A Killer Whale learned to mimic human words such as 'Hello' and 'Bye Bye.' The first of its kind to copy human speech. Whales and Dolphins are among the few animals other than humans which can learn to produce sound simply by hearing them. bbc.co.uk/news/science-en…
3 Canadian men working on a boat at Digby's waterfront freed a 15 ft minke whale tangled in a net which surrounded its mouth & embedded about an inch into its skin. The whale came to shore in waist-high water as if searching for help from humans; when free, the whale swam back to deeper waters. cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-s…
The eponymous whale of Moby Dick was partly inspired by a real whale named Mocha Dick. whalingmuseum.org/learn/r…
The sperm whale, which grows up to 20 m long and 80 tonnes, eats many morsels of food weighing on average less than 650 g, totaling up to 2.4 tonnes per day en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spe…
The lifespan of blue whales is estimated by their earwax, which builds up in seasonal cycles somewhat like the rings of a tree. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blu…
A killer whale at MarineLand learned to regurgitate fish and let it sit on the surface to attract seagulls. When a seagull takes the bait, the whale would come up from the water and eat the bird. Four other whales copied that behavior. nbcnews.com/id/11163990/n…
Orca (aka "killer whale") is actually the largest kind of dolphin en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kil…
Mother whales breastfeed via extendable nipples stored in slits adjacent to their genitals pacificwhale.org/blog/how…

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