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Humpback Whales Feed With Friends

If you know anything about humpback whale feeding behavior–and most people don’t, so don’t worry–you know about bubble nets. Humpback whales blow bubbles in a spiral around their prey, then lunge for giant mouthfuls of water and critters. They squish … Continue reading

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Eating Whale Meat in Norway

Today at Last Word on Nothing I have a little essay about eating whale meat. This spring while I was living in Sweden I had a lovely visit with my friend Veronica and her family in northern Norway. I took … Continue reading

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Museum Tourist: North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

This weekend the National Association of Science Writers held its annual meeting in Raleigh, North Carolina. This is a great event–there’s a full day of professional development, plus hundreds of science writers to socialize with and learn from. Saturday night … Continue reading

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whales in museums

I am a person with an unusual love of whales, museums, and whales in museums, but even if you aren’t obsessed with these topics, you should read this gorgeous story about restoring the whale skeletons at the natural history museum … Continue reading

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inflatable whale

Students at my alma mater, Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, and local high school students have built a nearly-life-sized inflatable whale (I think a blue whale, but who knows). Pictures and story on Northfield Patch. How come there were no … Continue reading

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whales get stressed

Feces are a surprisingly useful subject for research. Scientists can use them to get a window into an animal’s inner life. You might think poop is just mushed-up food, but no, there’s a lot of information in there. A sample … Continue reading

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right whales are ship magnets

Right whales aren’t one of the better-known whales. They aren’t as charismatic as humpbacks or orcas, or as ginormous as blue whales. One story about where they got their name is that they were the “right whale” for whalers – … Continue reading

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museum tourist: old lahaina courthouse

I have a thing about whales. They’re so big, and interesting, and mysterious. For a long time, the only things we knew about them were what we could see them doing at the surface of their world. And they do … Continue reading

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museum tourist: amnh (subway edition)

And, finally, an extra-cool feature of the American Museum of Natural History: It connects right up to a subway station. So if you’re going on a rainy day, you don’t even have to go outside. Unless you’re me, you fail to locate the underground entrance to the museum, and you go out the wrong exit of the subway station into the rain. That’s ok – it feels a little more impressive to go in through the big doors on Central Park West. Continue reading

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museum tourist: american museum of natural history

I went to nerd heaven on Wednesday. I was in New York for a meeting, so I decided this was my big chance to see the American Museum of Natural History. This is the museum that scientists from New York … Continue reading

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