Whale

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    Whales weren’t always the giants of the sea that we know today – their ancestors plodded around on land before taking to a more aquatic lifestyle. Now a team of palaeontologists has uncovered the fossil bones of a strange new “missing link” whale species, which had four legs and was amphibious.
  • ​The 8-m (26-ft) killer whale is the ocean's top predator – it even goes after other whales. With that in mind, just imagine what fun a 15-meter (49-ft) predatory whale would be. That's the length of Basilosaurus isis, a prehistoric whale that is now believed to have also fed on its fellow whales.
  • ​In the distant past, all whales had teeth. Now, some feed using baleen instead. A new analysis of previously-discovered fossils has provided a fresh insight into the evolution of that baleen, suggesting that for a while, some whales simply sucked down their food.
  • Anuar Patjane Floriuk’s extraordinary black and white underwater photographs have been winning awards and stunning people around the globe for several years now. His painterly monochrome compositions present an undersea universe from a perspective that evokes a thrilling sense of wonder.
  • A massive whale, constructed out of five tons of reclaimed plastic waste, is currently leaping out of a canal in Belgium. Developed by architecture and design firm STUDIOKCA, the impressive sculpture is designed to bring attention to the immense volumes of plastic waste swimming in our oceans.
  • ​It's not just domestic plastic waste that's threatening marine life across the globe, discarded fishing gear and marine debris can be just as deadly. DJI has joined forces with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Oceans Unmanned to explore safer whale rescue – using drones.​
  • For the first time ever, scientists have managed to slap a camera onto the back of a minke whale as it swam through the icy waters of Antarctica, surprising researchers with its speed and a seemingly voracious appetite.
  • ​Even though blue whales don't have hands, or even feet, a new study has shown that most of them are in fact right-handed. This can be seen in the way that they feed. Interestingly, however, there's one particular situation in which they tend to go left instead.
  • ​Ordinarily, baleen whales feed by opening their mouths and lunging forward into the water. Recently, however, scientists have documented another more passive form of feeding in the whales, which is known as "tread-water feeding."
  • ​If you were a whale, chances are you wouldn't like someone following along above you in a motorboat. That's traditionally how researchers ascertain what types of bacteria are present in a whale's exhaled breath, though. Now, scientists have utilized a less intrusive method – they've used a drone.
  • ​​Humpback whales are famous for their complex and mysterious songs, and scientists tuning into their sounds off the coast of Australia have discovered the interesting way in which they acquire these singing skills.
  • Many whales feed by filling their mouths with water, then straining organisms out of that water as they expel it, using fibrous plates in their mouth called baleen. Now, scientists claim to have come a step closer to understanding how that baleen came to be.​