Spying on whales: The shocking truth about humans and whales | Innovation
Despite centuries of commercial whaling, we know astonishingly little about the largest creature that ever lived, argues a new book by a leading cetologist
WHALES might as well be aliens. They live on the same planet as us but we seldom cross paths: hidden in the ocean depths, they remain mysterious.
Take their size. Blue whales are the biggest species that has ever lived, exceeding any dinosaurs. The heaviest reliably measured specimen weighed 136.4 tonnes, more than the weight of a Boeing 757 at take-off. Intriguingly, their ancestors were much smaller. Why did they evolve to be giants – and how do they capture enough food to sustain themselves? …