A Drone's-Eye View of the Smallest, Saddest Orca Tank in the US

You're probably familiar with the many injustices going down at SeaWorld, including the park's (weak) attempts at trying to make them right. But now, new drone footage is here to remind you that there are other parks tormenting orcas in equally horrible–if not even sadder—ways. Say hello to Miami Seaquarium's Lolita,… » 1/04/15 9:00am 1/04/15 9:00am

How a Mass Whale Graveyard Ended Up Beneath a South American Highway

Connecting Alaska to Argentina, the Pan-American Highway runs some 30,000 miles north to south. Construction to widen the highway briefly stopped, however, to make way for dead whales back in 2010, when workers digging through a remote stretch of the Chilean desert found a huge trove of bones millions of years old.… » 2/27/14 12:40pm 2/27/14 12:40pm

Watch a fisherman catch a fish that gets stolen by a killer whale

Imagine going on a fishing trip with your buddies. Beers are had. Jokes are tossed. Fish are caught. And then a killer whale pops up out of nowhere to steal the halibut you just snagged to scare the hell out of you and give you an awesome story to tell. Digg found this video of a killer whale attacking a caught fish » 2/14/14 7:50pm 2/14/14 7:50pm

Whales Don’t Spray Water Out of Their Blowholes

Contrary to what you may have seen in such movies as Pixar’s otherwise extremely entertaining Finding Nemo, whales don’t spray water out of their blowholes. Further, the whale’s trachea doesn’t connect to the esophagus of the whale; so when Dory and Marlin went down the whale’s throat, in real life, they’d have… » 10/15/13 4:30am 10/15/13 4:30am

These Whale Mech Toys Give Us an Excuse To Post the Most Amazingly…

Think of every unhinged video you've ever seen on YouTube, and multiply that by a billion. Then, and only then, will you be able to comprehend the amazingness that is the Mechawhales: A couple of short, cel-shaded CG cartoons starring a gigantic sperm whale that's not only able to navigate dry land, but also wage war… » 2/22/13 2:20pm 2/22/13 2:20pm

Pine Trees Could Make Your Perfume Whale Puke-Free

Did you know that whale vomit is often used in perfumes to prolong the scent? Sperm whales produce a waxy substance known as ambergris which protects their stomach lining. And when regurgitated into the sea, it reacts with salt water forming the hard substance which can sell for as much as ten grand for just a couple… » 4/09/12 3:40pm 4/09/12 3:40pm

Helicopters Are About to Get Faster Thanks to Humpback Whale Fins

A helicopter's rotor design may allow for vertical takeoffs but that comes at a price—the backwards moving blade counteracts the helicopter's forward momentum, causing it to stall at high speeds. But one German firm believes that outfitting the blades with bumps inspired by the fins of humpback whales will speed… » 1/31/12 12:00am 1/31/12 12:00am