Latest whale news: talk and faeces

Did you know that whales not only sing but their songs are being decoded into talk? University of Queensland researcher Dr Rebecca Dunlop thinks she now understands a lot of what they are talking about through their thumps, whistles and clacks.

Also about whales, Stacy DeRuiter at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts started analysis of whale faeces to identify diet patterns. It is not only scientifically interesting but also a strong counter-argument to “scientific whaling” as some countries like Japan would like to name their continued whale hunting: It is no longer necessary to carve up a whale dead body to know their diet.

Whale tail
Photo credit: NASA JPL