A whale's upper body lands on a fishing boat
Why Did This Whale Smack Into a Boat?
Collisions with small craft are rare, but there are conditions that can make these encounters more likely.
Why Did This Whale Smack Into a Boat?
Why Did This Whale Smack Into a Boat?

Collisions with small craft are rare, but there are conditions that can make these encounters more likely.

Collisions with small craft are rare, but there are conditions that can make these encounters more likely.

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Tom Norris, Marine Mammal Acoustician, Dies at 55
Amanda Heidt | Sep 18, 2020
Norris, who founded the research firm Bio-Waves, furthered the study of marine mammals using passive acoustic monitoring technology he designed himself.
Watcher of Whales: A Profile of Roger Payne
Diana Kwon | Nov 1, 2019
A love of music and science led the marine biologist to discover that whales sing songs, a discovery that he’s since used to convince the world the animals are worth saving.
Image of the Day: Change of Tune
Sukanya Charuchandra | Oct 1, 2018
Southeast Alaska’s humpback whales haven’t changed their calls for close to four decades.
Bowhead Whales Impress Researchers With Their Song Diversity
Catherine Offord | Apr 4, 2018
A group of around 300 whales produced 184 distinct songs over just a few years, according to a new study.
Image of the Day: Whale Vision
The Scientist Staff | Jul 20, 2017
Video footage from the back of a humpback whale offers a glimpse into these giants’ lives, including how fast they swim and how they catch their food.
Image of the Day: City Slickers
The Scientist Staff | Jun 13, 2017
In recent years, New Yorkers have noted a drastic increase in the number of whale sightings within the city’s waterways.
Behavior Brief
Ben Andrew Henry | Sep 23, 2016
A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research
Study: Ship Noise Disturbs Humpback Whales’ Meals
Alison F. Takemura | Aug 11, 2016
Researchers report the first evidence that nearby vessels may impair the cetaceans’ foraging abilities.