Shark Bites Whale

Phys.Org mentions an interesting article published in the International Journal of Osteoarchaeology. The article concerns a fragment of a whale rib, dating to the Pliocene, that shows evidence of a shark bite. In this case the rib also displays evidence of having survived the attack. From Phys.Org: Continue reading

What Do You Do With A Giant Squid?

Eat it, of course:

Does this mean that Cthulhu will not return until sperm whales are extinct?

National Geographic has more pictures…

The Evolution of Whale’s Tails

PhysOrg.com has an interesting, but ultimately uninformative, write up of some research that will be appearing in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. Here is the context:

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Right Whale Bay of Fundy Blog

Like every blogger I accumulate more links to interesting blogs and websites than you can shake a stick at. I am also, like many bloggers, behind in updating my blogroll. Just today I received an email telling me about a fascinating blog called the Right Whale Bay of Fundy Blog. This is a blog by the New England Aquarium and contains a lot of interesting stuff. The blog will document the North Atlantic Right Whale Research Program as they photo ID whales in the Bay of Fundy. There are also web cams for some of the tanks at the aquarium and, as an added bonus, some home movies of the the marine life (for example, here is one of a giant pacific octopus). They also have some photo albums on Picasa. Check it out!

Pygmy Right Whale Dissected

This is really interesting. Scientists at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa are dissecting a pygmy right whale, you can read all about it at their blog. One interesting bit concerns a common creationist claim about whales:

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FoxP2 and Echolocation in Bats and Whales

As I mentioned previously PLOS has an interesting paper on echolocation in bats and whales (you may also recall this post on echolocation in whales). The PloS One paper looks at the FoxP2 gene in bats, cetaceans and various other animals.

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Whales, Squid, and Echolocation

Science Daily has an interesting article up about the evolution of echolocation in toothed whales. The research behind the article was published in Lethaia.

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