Elusive Whales Set New Record for Depth and Length of Dives Among Mammals

A new study of elusive Cuvier’s beaked whales shows they can dive to nearly 10,000 ft (3,000 m).

by Jane J. Lee

A new long-term study looking at the elusive Cuvier’s beaked whale reveals the deepest and longest dives ever seen among mammals.

The new records indicate behavior that is much more varied and extreme than scientists expected for this species, says Simone Baumann-Pickering, a marine mammal biologist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, California. One exceptional whale dove to 9,816 feet (2,992 meters), while a second stayed down for 138 minutes.

Scientists and the U.S. Navy are especially interested in these whales because sonar activity has stranded individuals on beaches in the Mediterranean Sea, the Canary Islands, and the Bahamas, says Greg Schorr, a research biologist with the Cascadia Research Collective in Olympia, Washington…

(read more: National Geo)

images: Photograph by Tui De Roy, Minden Pictures/Corbis, and infographic by NG staff

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British experts say they have found London’s lost Black Death graves

Archaeologists in Britain said on Sunday they had solved a 660-year-old mystery, citing DNA tests which they said proved they had found a lost burial site for tens of thousands of people killed in medieval London by the “Black Death” plague. read more 

Coral: flowers of the ocean.


Coral: flowers of the ocean.

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A female hairy frogfish attempts to attract prey with its worm-shaped lure in shallow waters of Lembeh Strait, Indonesia

Picture: ALEXANDER MUSTARD/BARCROFT MEDIA (via Pictures of the day: 27 March 2014 - Telegraph)

(yells from upstairs) “dammit deep sea, what the hell is going on down there!”

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overheard conversations over coffee

16ish year old girl: “she’s like dating an illusion”

instead of editing my proposal I’ve spent the subsequent 27 minutes imagining what that would be like. I mean, is she being metaphorical or is he an actual specter (most logical choice)? and if the latter, is he like a billowy, white clothed translucent kind of ghost, or like a 1st season of American Horror Story kind of ghost. 

…I have a lot of questions and I’m not sure how much longer I can refrain from making my way over and asking her to clarify

Storms over Southern California, with lightning and city lights visible through the clouds. Courtesy of the crew of Expedition 36 aboard the International Space Station. 

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Cosmic inflation: ‘Spectacular’ discovery hailed

Scientists say they have extraordinary new evidence to support a Big Bang Theory for the origin of the Universe.

Researchers believe they have found the signal left in the sky by the super-rapid expansion of space that must have occurred just fractions of a second after everything came into being. It takes the form of a distinctive twist in the oldest light detectable with telescopes. read more


that dinosaur looks so carefree.
working a 70 hour week has made me a little cahraAaaAzy!  you feel me, athankyou?


that dinosaur looks so carefree.

working a 70 hour week has made me a little cahraAaaAzy!  you feel me, athankyou?

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Polar Bears on Hudson Bay, Canada

my sleepy kit 

another late night: view of the Museum’s solar roof and the sun setting on the Great Salt Lake


In case you missed it, click here to watch Stephen Colbert’s outstanding interview with Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Science. the ultimate trump card. 

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