Africa: Humpback Whales and Human use the same waters in Western Africa

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According to a report from the Wildlife Conservation Society posted on sciencedaily.com February 5, 2014, humpback whales off the coast of western Africa share these waters with offshore oil rigs, major shipping routes, and potentially harmful toxicants. Scientists with the Wildlife Conservation Society, Oregon State University, Stanford University, Columbia University, and the American Museum of […]

Gigantic whales have unique nerves that stretch like a bungee cord

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Researchers at University of British Columbia discovered a unique nerve structure in the mouth and tongue of rorqual whales that can double in length and then recoil – similar to a bungee cord. This explains how the giant whales are able to balloon an immense pocket between their body wall and overlying blubber to capture […]