Unlocking the secrets of killer whale diets and their role in climate change

Killer whale populations are invading the Arctic, causing significant disruptions to an ecosystem already deeply affected by climate change. A team of McGill researchers has …

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A whale’s tale: The story hidden in their mouths

Scientists from UNSW Sydney have uncovered the secrets locked in the jawlines of humpback and southern right whales. Baleen plates — the signature bristle-like apparatus …

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Baleens read like a whale’s history book

By chemically analyzing sequential samples from the baleen of dead whales, it is possible to read not only the history of the diet, but also …

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Forty percent of North Atlantic right whale population using Gulf of Saint Lawrence as seasonal habitat

Researchers have identified 187 individual North Atlantic right whales – about 40 percent of the catalogued population – in Canada’s Gulf of St. Lawrence during …

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Whales are more important ecosystems engineers than previously thought

From 1910 to 1970, humans killed an estimated 1.5 million baleen whales in the frigid water encircling Antarctica. They were hunted for their blubber, baleen …

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Slaughtered Iceland whale is a hybrid, test confirms

DNA analysis shows hunters didn’t kill protected species  Researchers investigating the slaughter of a whale off the coast of Iceland have confirmed it was a …

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