Whale of the Month

Ramari’s beaked whale, a mysterious discovery

Humans know more about space than the ocean. In 2011, a pregnant beaked whale named Nihongore stranded in New Zealand, initially thought to be a True’s beaked whale. DNA and skull analyses revealed it was a new species, Ramari’s beaked whale, named after Māori whale expert Ramari Stewart, highlighting Indigenous contributions to whale science.

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A curious whale: The Sowerby’s beaked whale

Happy new year! This January, we are happy to feature the Sowerby’s beaked whale, also known as the North Atlantic beaked whale (Mesoplodon bidens). This rare and elusive whale is quite understudied because it spends most of its life deep under the ocean’s surface, hunting for prey. Did you know that males sometimes compete with

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The Bowhead Whale, Queen of the Arctic

Happy September! After a short summer break, let’s welcome the bowhead whale as our whale of the month! These magnificent baleen whales only reside in the polar waters of the Arctic. They are also the oldest living mammal on earth. Let’s find out more about them! Queens and Kings of the Arctic Bowhead whales (Balaena

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Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins: learn about the pink dolphins

We’ve all heard about humpback whales. They are probably the most famous baleen whale species. But did you know humpback dolphins existed? There are actually four different species of humpback dolphins, all grouped in the genus Sousa. This month, we cover Sousa chinensis, the Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin. This coastal dolphin needs our help; let’s find

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Barataria Bay Bottlenose Dolphins Need Our Help

This month we shine a light on a very specific population of bottlenose dolphins. We can encounter them right off the coast of Louisiana, in Barataria Bay. The Barataria Bay dolphins are not much different than other populations found off the Gulf of Mexico coastline. However, they face specific stresses that threaten the survival of

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A deep dive into beluga whales

We are super happy to feature the beluga whale this February for our “Whale of the Month”. We are even more excited because this post is a collaboration with Whales Online (Baleines en Direct) and the GREMM (Group for Research and Education on Marine Mammals) located in Tadoussac, Quebec. Beluga conservation is one of the

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