Mammals

Company seeking to build new island off Alaska for Arctic drilling

The gas leaked from a pipeline supplying fuel to Hilcorp production platforms. The company confirmed the leak in February and lowered pressure in the …

The Arctic

Killer whales harass seabird, kicking it around like a soccer ball; video

In extraordinary video footage taken on a whale-watching trip, four killer whales are seen harassing a seabird, even kicking it around like a soccer …

Killer Whales

This Rescued Opossum Is Changing Stereotypes About His Species – While Looking Super Adorable

The bad reputation opossums get from people does not make much sense at all. They are generally thought and spoken about as ugly, sometimes even …

New Orleans

SeaWorld Just Cut Hundreds of Jobs As Park’s Popularity Sinks

SeaWorld just announced it’s cutting 350 jobs effective immediately.<p>The layoffs, which were announced Wednesday, are primarily affecting the …

SeaWorld

Watch: Orcas test out their prey-punting skills on an unlucky seabird

It's been a while since we've come across footage of orcas playing "football" with their food, but it was only a matter of time before a new video …

Whale Watching

Endangered Sea Otter Found Skinned On Central CA Beach

Officials are looking into who may have been behind the gruesome skinning of a sea otter in San Luis Obispo County.<p>SFGate reports that late last …

Sea Otters

Please give Bossip a Pulitzer for its headlines

Assistant editor Aiesha Letman on how bastion of black excellence Bossip comes up with its hilariously heady headlines.<p>Bossip headlines read like …

African-American Culture

You otter know!

There are 13 species of otters in the world, with 12 of those species requiring access to freshwater and only one species residing in the ocean. Many …

Sea Otters

Skinned sea otter found on Central California beach

Wildlife authorities are investigating a potentially illegal case after a dead sea otter was found skinned on a beach in San Luis Obispo County.<p>The sea otter was found September 26 on Arroyo de la Cruz Beach in San Simeon, according to U.S. Fish and Wildlife and California Department of Fish and …

Santa Barbara County

SeaWorld cuts 350 jobs, mostly in Orlando and San Diego

SeaWorld is cutting 350 positions as the company's parks deal with declining attendance.<p>Spokeswoman Aimee Jeansonne Becka said Wednesday that the …

Business

From polar bears to gorillas, here are 2017's best wildlife photos

Nature

For better science, give lab primates companions

An increasing number of medical labs are housing primates in cages with other monkeys, reports NPR. This is part of an effort to improve living …

Science

Among brainy sea creatures, killer whales are some of the smartest

Whales and dolphins — both members of the cetacean family — are among the brainiest beings. Scientists have now identified differences among them that are tied to relative brain size.<p>A study of 90 cetacean species published Monday found that those with larger brains exhibit more complex social …

Lifestyle

Seal Pup Named ‘Giseal Bundchen’ Being Released Back Into Wild

SANDWICH (CBS) — After months of rehab, a harbor seal with a celebrity name is heading home Tuesday afternoon.Giseal Bundchen was rescued by Marine …

Seals

Dolphins, Whales Live In Culturally Rich Societies, Have Regional Dialects: Study

A study has emerged linking the complexity of Cetacean culture and social behavior to the size of their brains. Cetaceans is the collective name …

World News

U.S. and Korea Search for Woolly Mammoth DNA in Arctic, in Race to Clone Extinct Beast

They are using different approaches to the de-extinction issue—and only one can be first.

Paleontology

Photo: Elephant seal in the midst of sand flipping

<b>Our photo of the day is a lesson in keeping cool.</b><p>Photographer Sam McMillan quips that sand is suntan lotion for elephant seals; and while it may not …

Sustainability

This seal’s name is ‘Giseal Bündchen’ and it’s being set free on Cape Cod

Tom Brady may have the GOAT title. But his wife and supermodel Gisele Bündchen now has a marine animal named after her. Take that, TB12.<p>“Giseal …

Boston

Coastal First Nations calls for end of whale and dolphin captivity

The Coastal First Nations of British Columbia are calling on senators to vote in favour of Bill S-203 and end whale and dolphin captivity in Canada. …

First Nations

Tech of the week: New Zipp wheels, Shimano’s power meter and why you must have more than one bike

<b>All the top tech from the last week, including new Humpback Whale wheels, a retail date for Shimano's long awaited power meter and much more</b><p>New Zipp …

Humpback Whales

The most social dolphins and whales have larger, more complex brains

Dolphins and whales speak in accents. They have “hit” songs. They have names for each other and they might gossip.<p>A new study shows the most social dolphins and whales also have larger, more complex brains.<p>It’s the latest study supporting the idea that big brains evolved to handle the demands of …

Health

The Ocean Plastic Crisis

"Plastics!" This became one of the most famous film lines from the 1960s era. In the film The Graduate, young university graduate, Ben (Dustin …

Recycling

Dignity in chains: stark macaque portrait shines light on animals’ plight in Indonesia

Nominations for Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards include images of endangered species on island of Sulawesi<p>Nona is a Sulawesi crested black macaque. Photographed here by Stefano Unterthiner, she is seen chained to a chair outside the house where she is kept as a pet. The scene is made …

Wildlife

Sound and Color

The blue whale is the largest animal known ever to have existed — bigger even than dinosaurs — yet it is no match for a massive cargo ship. Ship …

Oceans

Autism research on Puerto Rico island threatened by hurricane aftermath

<b>(CNN) —</b> Autism research suffered a significant setback after an island used for scientific study was ravaged by Hurricane Maria.<p>Cayo Santiago is a spit of land off the coast of Puerto Rico and home to a population of rhesus macaque monkeys used for essential scientific research.<p>It has been utterly …

Health

Scientists use drone to sample whale breath and snot

To study the microbiome of humpback whales<p>Scientists flew a small drone over the blowhole of a few humpback whales in the US and Canada to collect the microbes living inside their breath. Sampling the community of microbes and bacteria living inside whales, called the microbiome, can help us better …

Oceans

State, federal agencies respond to several beached whales on Kauai

Five stranded pilot whales found on Kauai’s Kalapaki Beach were herded back out to sea this afternoon, while three others did not survive.<p>The …

Oceans

Human speech, jazz and whale song

Jazz musicians riffing with each other, humans talking to each other and pods of killer whales all have interactive conversations that are remarkably …

Killer Whales

Is Talking About De-Extinction a Moral Hazard? - Facts So Romantic

There’s a saying, in conservation biology, credited to the plant ecologist Frank Egler: Ecosystems are not just more complex than we think, they’re …

China

Incredible viral video shows orcas hunt down a minke whale

A group of orcas showed why they are often referred to as “Killer Whales” in incredible rare footage shot off the coast of Siberia.<p>Wildlife photographer Mike Korostelev was out filming the whales in the Avachinsky Gulf for the Russian Orca project recently, when he spotted a pod beginning their …

Killer Whales