The Mississippi river was once five miles wide and whales swam up it from the gulf of Mexico. The remains of these whales have been found in Michigan. deepblue.lib.umich.edu/ha…
The USSR killed more than 180,000 whales between the 1950s and 1991 despite bans and fading commercial demand. The reason was that the quota for whales were never updated to match the need for them. psmag.com/social-justice/…
Star Trek: The Next Generation was to include dolphins and whales as crewmembers but the idea proved too expensive to film and was stopped except for mentions of Cetacean Operations. screenrant.com/star-trek-…
Whales have inverted nipples and produce milk so fatty it has the same texture as toothpaste. northamericannature.com/h…
Whales spouting water out of blowholes is a common error propagated in children's books and movies (the whale would be drowning if it did so). A 2016 scientific survey of children's books featuring whales and cetaceans revealed 74/116 had factual errors, including almost half of the non-fiction. hakaimagazine.com/feature…
Snapping shrimps (the family Alpheidae), which grow to only 3-5cm long, compete with sperm whales for title of loudest animal in the ocean. Their snaps are capable of stunning fish and breaking glass jars. In numbers, the shrimp can interfere with sonar and underwater communication. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alp…
Exxon Valdez spilled 11 million gallons into in Alaska. The oil slick killed 250,000 seabirds, 3,000 otters, 300 seals and 22 killer whales. The captain of the ship let unlicensed third mate to steer the ship to a well known hazard-Bligh Reef. history.com/topics/1980s/…
Humpack whales have been observed to attack orcas that are hunting other marine animals, which sometimes gives the prey animals a chance to escape onlinelibrary.wiley.com/d…
Godzilla was originally conceived to be a cross between a gorilla and whale. The name is a hybrid of the two Japanese words for those two animals en.wikipedia.org/wiki/God…
Today I learned that Godzilla's Japanese name, Gojira, is a combination of Gorira (Gorilla) and Kujira (Whale). Since Godzilla came from Japan, he is essentially (not literally) Gorilla Whale. telegraph.co.uk/culture/f…
Sperm whales got their name from late 18th century commercial whalers who discovered the enormous white fluid-filled organ in the whale's head and misinterpret it for sperm fluid. This organ which is now called the spermaceti organ is actually used as a powerful echolocation equipment. britannica.com/story/how-…
In 2002, after Keiko the killer whale left his handlers in Iceland and swam to Norway, the Miami Seaquarium applied to NOAA for a permit to recapture the whale and bring him to Miami, claiming he was not safe in the wild. sfgate.com/news/article/M…
Today I learned about Operation Beluga which occurred in early 1985 when a Russian Ice Breaker was sent to the Chukchi Peninsula where the waters had iced over and beluga whales were trapped due to the lack of air holes to surface and breathe. The ice breaker played classical music to get the whales to follow. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mos…
Blue whales can eat half a million calories in a single mouthful nationalgeographic.com/sc…
Blue whales are age-determined by looking at their ear wax blog.nationalgeographic.o…
Sperm whales can produce a sounds as loud as 230db, which is about 6db louder than the tsar bomba. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spe…
Resident killer whales in the eastern North Pacific form matrilineal social groups, consisting of the eldest female, her children, and the descendants of her daughters. Closely related matrilines with similar dialects form aggregations called pods, which in turn form clans and communities. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kil…
Studies have concluded that all mammals get about a billion heartbeats per lifetime. They can use them at a rate of 1,000 per minute, like the shrew, or space them out into slow, ponderous beats, over many years, as is the case for the Grey whale. researchgate.net/figure/T…
Newborn blue whales gain about 200 pounds each day during the first year of their lives. whalefacts.org/how-big-is…
Killer whales are actually dolphins animals.mom.com/reasons-o…
The age of whales can be approximated from their earwax plugs. The earwax builds in layers overtime, and it alternates between a light and dark layer each season between fasting/migration to feeding times, so the layers can be counted to estimate age ocean.si.edu/ocean-life/m…
Whale earwax analysis can provide a reliable indicator of which substances were present in a whale's body at a given time. Scientists determined by earwax analysis that peaks in stress hormone levels in a group of 20 whales reflected peaks in historical global whaling activity. nature.com/articles/s4146…
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…
Today I learned about the Illhveli, the mythical evil whales of Icelandic folklore. There are 10 different types, each with it's own abilities and evil methods for killing sailors abookofcreatures.com/cate…
The minke whale got its name because of a joke - amateur whaler β€˜Meincke’ told the crew he had seen a blue whale - a substantial prize that would yield a lot of whale oil - but upon closer inspection the whale was tiny. The called the smaller whales minkes after his own name. fisheries.noaa.gov/specie…
Sperm whales sleep "standing up" so they don't drown, the're also the animal with the least need of sleep. dw.com/en/sleeping-giants…
Whale vomit is incredibly valuable and can make you rich if you can find it. mol.im/a/9163261
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…
The most reliable way of determining the age of a Blue Whale is to examine the colours of its earwax en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blu…
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…
Today I learned of Livyatan melvillei, an ancient sperm whale with foot-long teeth that competed with Megalodon en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liv…
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…
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…
A kilogram of Ambergris (Whale Vomit) is worth more than $70,000. It is a solid, waxy substance used in medicines and Perfumes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amb…
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…
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…
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…
While the average nonhuman mammal is becoming smaller over time, the blue whale is actually getting even bigger! abc.net.au/science/articl…
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…
48 million years ago whales were six foot long land mammals ocean.si.edu/through-time…
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/…
Whale oil was used in GM transmissions until the early 70’s. motorbiscuit.com/you-wont…
In 1938 nazi Germany began an expedition to challenge Norwegian claims in Antarctica, primarily for control of whale oil; a hotly desired commodity for the production of margarine. The story has since developed into a conspiracy theory about secret nazi ice bases supported by alien technology youtube.com/watch?v=Rs0Za…
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 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…
Southern elephant seals have been recorded diving to depths of OVER 2,300 meters (almost 1.5 miles) below the surface of the ocean, and can dive deeper and for longer duration than most cetaceans (whales, dolphins, porpoises)! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sou…
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…
The original recipe for macarons included ambergris, which comes from the stomachs of sperm whales. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mac…
A group of divers in the Caribbean were photographing a sperm whale when it decided to create a 'poonado' - a 30-metre wide bowel movement. This rarely documented defense mechanism allows the whale to hide in its own cloud of excrement until there's a moment it can escape into deeper waters. youtube.com/watch?v=r4JJW…

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