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Natural World Facts (Leo Richards, YouTube Channel)
Natural World Facts (Leo Richards, Official Website)

Whales (Ocean: Find Your Blue, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History)
Cetacean Fact Sheets (American Cetacean Society)

Whales (One Zoom)
Whale (WolframAlpha)


whale : any of various very large, aquatic, marine mammals (order Cetacea) that have a torpedo-shaped body with a thick layer of blubber, paddle-shaped forelimbs but no hind limbs, a horizontally flattened tail, and nostrils that open externally at the top of the head — Merriam-Webster   See also   OneLook


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Whales are a widely distributed and diverse group of fully aquatic placental marine mammals. They are an informal grouping within the infraorder Cetacea, usually excluding dolphins and porpoises. Whales are creatures of the open ocean; they feed, mate, give birth, suckle and raise their young at sea. So extreme is their adaptation to life underwater that they are unable to survive on land. Whales range in size from the 2.6 metres (8.5 ft) and 135 kilograms (298 lb) dwarf sperm whale to the 29.9 metres (98 ft) and 190 metric tons (210 short tons) blue whale, which is the largest creature that has ever lived. — Wikipedia

Whale (Encyclopædia Britannica)



Talks about Whales (TED: Ideas Worth Spreading)




Cetology is the branch of marine mammal science that studies the approximately eighty species of whales, dolphins, and porpoises in the scientific order Cetacea. — Wikipedia

Mammalogy is the study of mammals – a class of vertebrates with characteristics such as homeothermic metabolism, fur, four-chambered hearts, and complex nervous systems. Mammalogy has also been known as “mastology,” “theriology,” and “therology.” The major branches of mammalogy include natural history, taxonomy and systematics, anatomy and physiology, ethology, ecology, and management. — Wikipedia

Mammalogy (Encyclopædia Britannica)

The Science of Mammalogy (The American Society of Mammalogists)




DDC: 599.52 Whales (Library Thing)
Subject: Whales (Library Thing)

Subject: Whales (Open Library)

LCC: QL 737.C4 Whales (UPenn Online Books)
Subject: Whales (UPenn Online Books)

LCC: QL 737.C4 Whales (Library of Congress)
Subject: Whales (Library of Congress)

Subject: Whales (WorldCat)




Cetacean Curriculum (American Cetacean Society)

MERLOT: Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching
OER Commons: Open Educational Resources



Cetologists , or those who practice cetology, seek to understand and explain cetacean evolution, distribution, morphology, behavior, community dynamics, and other topics. — Wikipedia

Careers in Mammalogy (American Society of Mammalogists)

Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists (CareerOneStop, U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration)


American Cetacean Society

Society for Marine Mammalogy

American Society of Mammalogists
The Mammal Society


Marine Mammal Science (Society for Marine Mammalogy)

Mammal Review (The Mammal Society)
Journal of Mammalogy (American Society of Mammalogists)
Mammalian Species (American Society of Mammalogists)

Whales (EurekaAlert, American Association for the Advancement of Science)
Whales (bioRxiv: Preprint Server for Biology, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory)
Whales (JSTOR)
Whales (Science Daily)
Whales (Science News)
Whales (Phys.org)
Whales (NPR Archives)



Whale (USA.gov)


More News …

Dolphins and Whales News -- ScienceDaily Whales and dolphins. Whale songs, beaching, endangered status -- current research news on all cetaceans.

  • Mutation rates in whales are much higher than...
    on August 31, 2023 at 6:29 pm

    An international team of marine scientists has studied the DNA of family groups from four different whale species to estimate their mutation rates. Using the newly determined rates, the group found that the number of humpback whales in the North Atlantic before whaling was 86 percent lower than earlier studies suggested.

  • Microplastics found embedded in tissues of whales...
    on August 10, 2023 at 10:01 pm

    Microscopic plastic particles have been found in the fats and lungs of two-thirds of the marine mammals in a graduate student's study of ocean microplastics. The presence of polymer particles and fibers in these animals suggests that microplastics can travel out of the digestive tract and lodge in the tissues.

  • Gray whales feeding along the Pacific Northwest...
    on August 9, 2023 at 8:47 pm

    Gray whales that spend their summers feeding off the coast of Oregon are shorter than their counterparts who travel north to the Arctic for food, new research shows.

  • Whale-like filter-feeding discovered in...
    on August 8, 2023 at 3:09 pm

    A remarkable new fossil from China reveals for the first time that a group of reptiles were already using whale-like filter feeding 250 million years ago.

  • Elusive pygmy right whale is a homebody
    on July 31, 2023 at 3:07 pm

    The smallest member of the filter-feeding family is one of the only whale species not to embark on seasonal migrations, new research finds.

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  • Reducing fishing gear could save whales with low...
    on September 30, 2023 at 8:10 am

    Sometimes simple solutions are better. It all depends on the nature of the problem. For humpback whales, the problem is the rope connecting a crab trap on the seafloor to the buoy on the surface. And for fishermen, it's fishery closures caused by whale entanglements.

  • Australia may swelter, but researchers predict...
    on September 29, 2023 at 2:10 pm

    While Australia is forecast to swelter under El Niño climate conditions this year, Charles Darwin University (CDU) researchers say it's good news for blue whales after they suffered through three consecutive years of difficult La Niña conditions.

  • Why are killer whales harassing and killing...
    on September 28, 2023 at 6:34 pm

    For decades, fish-eating killer whales in the Pacific Northwest have been observed harassing and even killing porpoises without consuming them—a perplexing behavior that has long intrigued scientists.

  • Migrating humpback whales around the world seen...
    on September 27, 2023 at 2:37 pm

    First it was a sandy skin scrub, now it's been reported that migrating humpback whales are using seaweed to play with and roll in, according to new research.

  • The Giant Magellan Telescope's final mirror...
    on September 26, 2023 at 2:28 pm

    The Giant Magellan Telescope begins the four-year process to fabricate and polish its seventh and final primary mirror, the last required to complete the telescope's 368 square meter light collecting surface, the world's largest and most challenging optics ever produced. Together, the mirrors will collect more light than any other telescope in existence, allowing humanity to unlock the secrets of the universe by providing detailed chemical analyses of celestial objects and their origin.


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Prokaryote Archaea, Bacteria
Eukaryote Protist, Fungi, Algae, Protozoa (Tardigrade)
Plant Flower, Tree
Cnidaria Coral, Jellyfish
Cephalopod Cuttlefish, Octopus
Crustacean Lobster, Shrimp
Arachnid Spider, Scorpion
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Fish Seahorse, Ray, Shark
Amphibian Frog, Salamander
Reptile Turtle, Tortoise, Dinosaur
Bird Penguin, Ostrich, Owl, Crow, Parrot
Mammal Platypus, Bat, Mouse, Rabbit, Goat, Giraffe, Camel, Horse, Elephant, Mammoth
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Cetacean Whale, Dolphin
Primate Monkey, Chimpanzee, Human


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