Science Spotlight: Why Do Humpbacks Breach?

Scientists are unsure what drives humpback whales' exuberant displays.  NOAA photo.

More than 40 feet long and weighing up to 40 tons, adult humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) are formidable giants. But their immensity doesn’t hinder their athleticism.

Blue Whales Not Adapted To Avoid Ships, Study Finds

A blue whale off of Morro Bay, CA. Photo by David Slater / <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode" target="_blank">CC</a>

New research finds that blue whales aren’t compelled to move out of the way of passing ships.