2016 / 01 / 29
Breaching: Energy-Intensive but Beneficial for Diving
Myoglobin carries and stores oxygen in the muscles of vertebrates. It is particularly abundant in marine mammals and is believed to be the key to their exceptional diving abilities. A team of research...
2015 / 10 / 14
How Far Away Can Sperm Whales Detect Their Prey?
In order to be able to feed in waters over 1,500 m deep where light is absent, the sperm whale is equipped with a long-range echolocation system. It produces unidirectional clicks of 235 dB re 1 μPa....
2015 / 09 / 15
What do Minke Whales do in the estuary of St. Lawrence?
The minke whale is a fast and agile predator, but as with any marine mammal, it must come to the surface to breathe. This is the compromise between the need to feed below the water surface and oxygen ...
2015 / 09 / 09
Can whales experience the bends like divers do?
Marine mammals, being champion divers, have morphological, physiological and behavioural adaptations not only to reduce nitrogen accumulation in their tissues, but also to manage nitrogen that has acc...