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WHALES inhabit all the world's oceans and, unlike any fish, move their tails in an up-and-down motion. There are two types of whales: Toothed whales have a single blowhole and prey upon fish, seals and even other whales.

The baleen whales, the other major group, have two blowholes and strain their food from the water using bristle-like structures in their mouths. Baleen whales include the Blue Whale, the largest living animal of all time. Whale survives harpoon attack 130 years ago to become 'world's oldest mammal' A giant bowhead whale caught off the coast of Alaska had a harpoon point embedded in its neck that showed it survived a similar hunt – more than a century ago.

Whale survives harpoon attack 130 years ago to become 'world's oldest mammal'

Biologists claim the find helps prove the bowhead is the oldest living mammal on earth. They say the 13-centimetre arrow-shaped fragment dates back to around 1880, meaning the 50-ton whale had been coasting around the freezing arctic waters since Victorian times. Scroll down for more... Because traditional whale hunters never took calves, experts estimate the bowhead was several years old when it was first shot and about 130 when it died last month. "No other finding has been so precise," said John Bockstoce, a curator at the New Bedford Whaling Museum in Massachusetts. Calculating a bowhead whale's age can be difficult, and is usually gauged by amino acids in the eye lenses.

It is rare to find one that has lived more than a century, but experts now believe the oldest were close to 200 years old. to stay warm as efficiently as possible. Humpbacks and Sperm Whale in Sunlight. Posted on October 4th, 2011 by bjrathur Beautiful whale photos by Douglas J.

Humpbacks and Sperm Whale in Sunlight

Hoffman. We are listening. The Loneliest Whale in the World. On their most recent episode of their always-enjoyable Dinner Party Download podcast, American Public Media's Rico Gagliano and Brendan Newnam featured the story of "a lonely whale with vocal problems whose love song supposedly chases lady whales away.

The Loneliest Whale in the World

" According to a 2004 New York Times article on the subject, this particular baleen whale has apparently been tracked by NOAA since 1992, using a "classified array of hydrophones employed by the Navy to monitor enemy submarines. " It sings at 52 Hertz, which is roughly the same frequency as the lowest note on a tuba, and much higher than its fellow whales, whose calls fall in the 15 to 25 Hertz range. Grey Whale Under the ice (Paul Nicklen)

Cetacea. Baja Ecotours Gray Whales. Mariachi Serenades a Beluga Whale. Megafauna size comparison. Extinct Giant Whale-Eating Whale Found. - Unlike modern sperm whales, this one had teeth in both jaws and might have eaten like killer whales.

Extinct Giant Whale-Eating Whale Found

Recently Spotted 103-Year-Old Orca Is Bad News For SeaWorld. Humpback whales feeding in Alaska. Life size blue whale. Humpback Whale. Found: Whale thought extinct for 2 million years. The pygmy right whale, a mysterious and elusive creature that rarely comes to shore, is the last living relative of an ancient group of whales long believed to be extinct, a new study suggests.

Found: Whale thought extinct for 2 million years

The findings, published today (Dec. 18) in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, may help to explain why the enigmatic marine mammals look so different from any other living whale. "The living pygmy right whale is, if you like, a remnant, almost like a living fossil," said Felix Marx, a paleontologist at the University of Otago in New Zealand. "It's the last survivor of quite an ancient lineage that until now no one thought was around. " Living fossil The relatively diminutive pygmy right whale, which grows to just 21 feet (6.5 meters) long, lives out in the open ocean. The strange creature's arched, frownlike snout makes it look oddly different from other living whales.

The findings help explain how pygmy whales evolved and may also help shed light on how these ancient "lost" whales lived. Spermwhale skeleton. Megafauna size comparison. Evolution of cetaceans. About 80 of the 87 modern species in the order Cetacea.

Evolution of cetaceans

A phylogeny showing the relationships among cetacean families.[1] illustrative evolution-line of cetaceans The cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) are marine mammal descendants of land mammals. Their terrestrial origins are indicated by: Their need to breathe air from the surface;The bones of their fins, which resemble the limbs of land mammalsThe vertical movement of their spines, characteristic more of a running mammal than of the horizontal movement of fish. Massive Sperm Whale. Whale Songs. Whale under boat. Humpback Whale and Kite Surfer. Feb 8, 2012 Everyone knows whales are huge.

Humpback Whale and Kite Surfer

In fact, the Blue Whale is the largest known animal to have ever existed (source). Roughly the length of a basketball court, these majestic creatures are a sight to behold. In this startling image, we see a kite surfer likely unaware that this colossal mammal is right below him. The comments on Reddit and a search on TinEye did not turn up anything, please update us in the comments below if you know who the photographer is, or have any more information on this incredible aerial shot. *Update: As updated by the photographer (Michael Swaine @ AbovePhotography.com.au), this is an aerial capture of a humpback whale not a blue whale as initially reported. Gray whale dies — with stomach full of plastic! July 29, 2013, a sperm whale was stranded on Tershelling, a northern island in the Netherlands.

Gray whale dies — with stomach full of plastic!

A rescue attempt was attempted, but unfortunately the whale died. A young adult at 13.5 meters was taken for a necropsy at the port of Harlington. Man meets Whale.