For over 300 years, this scene set by Dutch painter Hendrick van Anthonissen appeared to be nothing more than a depiction of a day at the beach. But just a few layers of paint deeper, it had a secret: A giant portrait of a beached whale.
This 49-foot (15 meter) Bryde's whale came close to accidentally swallowing diver Rainer Schimpf off the coat of Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The whale appeared right under Rainer, going up mouth open, swimming at full speed to catch as many fish as she could.
After the sea levels rose, the bus lines remained more or less the same, although it was difficult to keep the whales from veering off the route through a krill swarm.
The folks from I Want to Fish were about start fishing salmon off the coast of British Columbia when a humpback whale came to their boat to say hi. No, really, she actually came by, said hi waving her fin and left. That's how awesome whales roll.
Seriously. Can't look away. Warning, there's an exploding whale below the fold. It's quite graphic. (What else you were expecting?)
This fifty-five foot sperm whale whale is actually a sculpture. The cleanup workers? Those are actors.
Holy heck, people. Now that is an eyeball. Beach-walker Gino Covacci encountered the monstrosity yesterday while ambling about the Florida coast, and while scientists have yet to identify the creature from whence it came, the consensus seems to be that whatever it was, it was big.
Say hello to Iceberg. Spotted off the coast of Kamchatka in eastern Russia, he is the first ever entirely white adult killer whale to be observed.
Every so often, the killer whales that live around Antarctica will drop everything they're doing and swim three thousand miles due north. It's an extreme journey, but the end result is the whale equivalent of a day at the spa.
If you want to make the best equipment to listen to underwater sounds, where should you look? Most people would point you to the sales department of a high-end audio company, but a group of Stanford researchers are looking to Orca whales for their inspiration.
The city of New London, Connecticut a problem with public urination. The problem is so bad the city has shut down its showcase Whale Tail fountain due to health concerns.
The haunting songs produced by whales are shockingly similar to human pop music: one single hit tune spreads across the ocean, and becomes the preferred whale mating tune. And, just like the modern music industry, it all runs on remixes.
Once upon a time, there was a whale called June. Or maybe her name is Margaret. Or Kate. We don't really know. A few nitrogen-hearted scientists call her 52 Hertz just because she sings at a 51.75Hz frequency, but I will call her Alice.
They've been hunted. They've been starved. They've been poisoned. Now, whales are being fried while they're still in the ocean.
An enormous preserved whale pays quiet homage to the undersea world of wonder that was BioShock. In this concept artwork, it looks like a tiger-striped whale on treads is bearing down on our intrepid hero ... or is that thing stuffed and segmented? The image does capture the melancholic feel of BioShock, although it's…
Harry Knowles of Ain't It Cool News attended a screening of Cloverfield tonight, and he spills it about the monster: "It has a tail, it has teeth and freaky eyes...it's kinda of a grayish-yellowish-off-white looking thing. But more important than the creature is what this fucker does. He basically goes bug-nuts." Oh,…