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While we’re on the topic of whales, I’ve got something a little less whimsical for you all to suck on. Seagulls off the coast of Argentina have recently learned in large numbers how to attack Southern right whales when they come up to breathe at the surface of the water. When the whales emerge, the…

The tiny, 3.5 ft. long helicopters in the video below hover over sperm whales as they spew air, mucus and other gases out of their blowholes. The helicopters are covered in petri dishes which collect samples of the slimy, gooey, gaseous emissions which can then be used to test the health of individual whales and…

Elbow Deep in Whale Poop!

Researchers at the New England Aquarium have stepped into a totally new method of studying Atlantic’s threatened population of right whales – collecting and analyzing floating feces to test the population’s health! I didn’t know whales ate corn! Right whales got their name because they were the “right” whale to catch during whaling’s hey day,…

This calf was born yesterday to Qila, who herself was born at the Vancouver Aquarium 12 years ago. Special thanks to Vancouver Aquarium employee Keey Prior for bringing this to our attention.

This 6-month old pygmy right whale stranded itself on the beach in New Zealand. It is being dissected by a team of scientists as I write this! The whale has a similar head to true right whales, but scientists do not believe that they are closely related. In fact, they are not quite sure where…

Carnival of the Blue Eleven

Welcome to the eleventh and by far the most important, although surprisingly the most poorly formatted, installment of Carnival of the Blue. Before we get down to the watery, salty, and sometimes rubbery details, we wanted to take a moment to ponder the significance of Zooillogix’s role as host of the eleventh COB. Why not…

Sleeping Whales

A Japanese research vessel bonanza. Note that there is no sound on this vid so as not to wake the whales…

Dolphin Rescues Two Whales

A mother and baby pygmy sperm whale in New Zealand appeared disoriented this week, repeatedly stranding themselves on a sandbar off of Mahia Beach. After multiple attempts by the locals to guide the whales back to sea failed, the human rescuers were starting to get worried. All of a sudden, a well known, local dolphin…