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Mass stranding of pilot whales in Tasmania

Mass stranding of pilot whales in Tasmania

Over 450 pilot whales have stranded in various locations along a stretch of coastline in...
Tahlequah, the Southern Resident orca, gives birth to healthy calf

Tahlequah, the Southern Resident orca, gives birth to healthy calf

J35 and J57. Photo by Katie Jones, Center for Whale Research / Permit #21238 Tahlequah...
Why do female orcas live so long after they stop having babies?

Why do female orcas live so long after they stop having babies?

Orcas are one of only five species known to experience menopause and females can live...
Humpback whales swim up river in Kakadu National Park

Humpback whales swim up river in Kakadu National Park

Wildlife experts in Australia's Northern Territory are monitoring a humpback whale that has travelled 18...

New understanding of whale communication

Sound is the most important sense for whales. They use it to communicate with another as well as finding their way around the oceans, and in some species to catch their prey too.

Up to now it has not been clear why different whales have evolved with different systems to hear but now scientists think they might have made a key breakthrough. Researchers from the world-renowned Smithsonian Institution in Washington think it may be to do with the different methods used by toothed whales (e.g. sperm whale), and baleen whales (e.g. blue whale), to catch their prey.

The video report below from the BBC reveals more.