Tagged: whale

Ancient ancestors of modern baleen whales were toothy not-so-gentle giants - Guest Work

Guest Author May 14, 2018

Felix Georg Marx, Monash University and Robert Ewan Fordyce The largest living whales – including the gigantic 30-metre blue whale – are fast predatory hunters that support their massive bodies by filtering large volumes of tiny prey from cool near-polar waters. They do this using baleen: plates of a tough substance hanging from their upper jaw. Evidence … Read More

TOSP Episode 6: October 17th 2011 - misc.ience

Aimee Whitcroft Oct 17, 2011

[Original post on the Sciblogs The Official Sciblogs Podcast site] Featuring yetis, flashing bacteria, space!, brownian motion twists, That’s What She Said, better traffic control (hint: drive slower), nanotech _helping_ cell growth, wired petri dishes, vaccination, whale fall, NZ’s freshwater, and various fabulous eventry! This week, aimee and Elf could happily have talked for hours, [...] … Read More

Whale Fall (after life of a whale) - Seeing Data

Chris McDowall Oct 15, 2011

I find this video both informative and astonishingly beautiful. The film-maker uses paper cutout puppets to describe what happens to a whale’s carcass after the creature dies. Music provided by the excellent Rachel’s. Enjoy in full-screen with a cup of coffee. [vimeo width=”681″ height=”383″]http://vimeo.com/29987934[/vimeo] … Read More

Life abounds deep in the Kaikoura Canyon - Science Life

Rebecca McLeod Oct 27, 2010

Why are we humans trying to get to Mars when we still have so much exploring to do here on lowly old Earth?! Perhaps we know enough about our seas already? Well, recent findings of scientists from NIWA and further afield suggest otherwise. In a paper in the prestigious journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, these marine … Read More

The science of counting whales - Science Life

Rebecca McLeod Sep 14, 2010

Yes, that is what you think it is... loving in the deep south. Photo: Lesley Douglas One of the tasks facing the research team was to count the whales in the bay. Sounds easy enough… that is until you start to consider the logistics. There are a LOT of whales to count (this year there were around 200 in a … Read More

Stunning science imagery Pt I - misc.ience

Aimee Whitcroft Feb 03, 2010

Presents for your visual systems today… And we’ll be presenting two different people who’re merging science and visuals in new, and quite effective, ways. xkcd: Fourier I know I have a previous post somewhere (probably on my old blog) about engineering photos as well, but I thought I’d start afresh. Read More