University of Auckland tohorā research team, Department of Conservation permit DJI After close to a decade of globe-spanning effort, the genome of the southern right whale has been released this week, giving us deeper insights into the histories and recovery of whale populations across the southern hemisphere. Up to 150,000 southern […]

A humpback whale jumps to the surface of the Pacific Ocean GETTY IMAGES More than 350 scientists and conservationists from 40 countries have signed a letter calling for global action to protect whales, dolphins and porpoises from extinction. They say more than half of all species are of conservation concern, […]

The WorldView-2 satellite will see features at the surface larger than half a metre across SATELLITE IMAGE ©2019 MAXAR TECHNOLOGIES Scientists developing techniques to count great whales from space say the largest ever recorded mass stranding event was probably underestimated. The carcasses of 343 sei whales were spotted on remote […]

A southern right whale surfaces in the clear waters off the coast of Península Valdés. Credit: Fredrik Christiansen, Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies How do you weigh a living whale? The obvious response is very carefully, but scientists can’t exactly put these large marine mammals on a scale. Researchers from […]

Rescued southern sea otter pup 327 with surrogate mother at Monterey Bay Aquarium. Credit: Monterey Bay Aquarium Scientists estimate surrogate-raised otters and their wild offspring account for more than half of the sea otter population growth over the past 15 years; now scientists are evaluating benefits otters could bring to […]