It flies in the face of typical humpback behavior Jean Tresfon/PLOSone / The humpback’s scientific name, Megaptera novaeangliae, literally means “big-winged New Englander.” They can use their “big wings” to maneuver backwards, though they have no beeping sound to warn other animals that they’re putting it in reverse. The world […]


The first underwater images of True’s beaked whales offered insights into their coloration patterns and group behavior. (Credit: Roland Edler) True’s beaked whale sightings are so rare, that scientists who devote careers to studying these animals may never actually witness one swimming in the wild. But thanks to an international team […]