Why Are Whales So Dang Big? Science May Finally Have an Answer
Baleen whales probably only grew colossal some 3 million years ago, and it was probably climate change that triggered the transformation.

Today one group of researchers offers a fascinating theory in Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Fusing the fossil record and phylogenetic work (that is, determining the relatedness of species to one another), they found that baleen whales probably got colossal just 3 million years ago—a sliver of time in the grand evolutionary scheme of things—and climate change probably triggered the transformation. That, of course, carries troubling implications for how the giants might fare as Earth’s oceans warm and acidify…

  • natgeotravel Photo @materas // Cruising and exploring the Sea of Cortez and Pacific Ocean side of Baja California Peninsula, Mexico. There is so much to do and explore in the area, including snorkeling with sea lions and whale watching in Magdalena Bay. Gray whales migrate to Magdalena Bay in the winter to mate and calve. Follow me @materas for more images like this from Mexico and around the world. #mexico #seaofcortez

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Apparently the disturbance in the water at the beginning is called a footprint. More:

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I fiiiiinally finished my Dishonored whale sculpt! This poor thing has been sitting unbaked and neglected on my mantelpiece for actual months now, and I finally had the time and energy to work on it. I might still do a little touching up. I also need a proper stand for this guy eventually.

This thing was absolutely riddled with problems from start to finish, not the least of which being the fact that I’m out of practice with sculpture because of how rarely I do it. So I’m not 100% happy with this. I still like it though!

Process shots here!


Rainbows in the mist from whales, off Laguna Beach, California - @erubes1