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Humpback Whales Show Culture by Passing on Food Habits

April 25, 2013
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A new study shows social learning, which some call 'culture,' in humpback whales. The whales passed on a new hunting technique.

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Photographer Bryant Austin Swims Eye to Eye With a Whale

Photographer Bryant Austin Swims Eye to Eye With a Whale (June 11, 2013) — Conservation photographer Bryant Austin is the only photographer in the world producing high-resolution, life-size photography of whales. A chance encounter with a humpback calf and its mother helped Austin develop a technique to create detailed, intimate portraits of his subjects. Spending days at a time submerged with groups of whales, he remains motionless, allowing humpback, sperm, and minke whales that are sometimes forty-five feet in length and weigh as much as fifty tons to come within six feet. In this presentation, Austin will describe his fearless process and reveal images from his breathtaking new book, Beautiful Whale, which will be published in April 2013 by Abrams. Hear the story behind these impactful images that inspire people to take the future of whales-endangered throughout the oceans-into their hearts.
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Humpback Whale Tagging

Humpback Whale Tagging

National Geographic (Apr. 9, 2012) — In the busy waters of the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary off the coast of Boston, ships and submerged fishing gear pose a threat to humpback whales. Researchers with the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Census of Marine Life tag the aquatic giants to gain a clearer picture of the humpback’s underwater habits, foraging strategies and movements. The data collected is used to redirect water traffic and implement safer fishing practices to keep these whales out of harms’ way.
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Off the Coast of Gabon Visitors Discover Whale Watching Paradise

Off the Coast of Gabon Visitors Discover Whale Watching Paradise

AFP (Sep. 4, 2013) — Gabon in West Africa has little in the way of a tourist industry, but some adventurous visitors have been taking the chance to see humpback whales breeding off the coast.
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Raw: Rare Humpback Whale Spotted in Australia

Raw: Rare Humpback Whale Spotted in Australia

AP (June 19, 2014) — One of the world's rarest all-white humpback whales was seen frolicking in the ocean near Sydney on Thursday. (June 19) Video provided by AP
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