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How Whales Hold Their Breath for 90 Minutes

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June 16, 2013
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Researchers say they've found a protein adaptation that lets whales and other deep divers store more oxygen in their muscles.


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FORA.tv (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 Whales Show Culture by Passing on Food Habits

Humpback Whales Show Culture by Passing on Food Habits

Newsy (Apr. 25, 2013) — 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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Fight to Save Dozens of Whales in New Zealand

Fight to Save Dozens of Whales in New Zealand

AP (Jan. 24, 2012) — Volunteers work to save 40 stranded whales on Farewell Spit in New Zealand where 36 have already died. The pilot whales are ending up trapped on a beach, with people scrambling to keep them cool and wet until the next tide.
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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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