What cetacean is known as “white sides”?

June 13, 2017

Ironically, a distinctive yellow-beige streak on the side of a dolphin is a sure sign that you’ve spotted a cetacean nicknamed “white sides.” The White-Sided Dolphin (Lagenorhynchus acutus) can be differentiated from close dolphin relatives […]

What is the fastest cetacean in the world?

May 5, 2017

The Dall’s porpoise is considered to be the world’s fastest cetacean, about to reach speeds up to 35 mph (56 km/.h) in bursts over short distances. Named for American naturalist W.H. Fall who was the […]

Are any sharks endangered?

May 3, 2017

By Blaise Jones Yes. Chondrichthyes (sharks, stingrays, and chimera) are one of the most endangered groups of vertebrate animals on the planet. According to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), all chondrichthyes […]

What is countershading?

April 12, 2017

  By Blaise Jones While sharks come in all shades and colors, most people picture them with gray backs and white bellies. This is probably because some of the most iconic sharks have this color […]

What is the loudest animal?

March 21, 2017

This is a trick question of sorts with two animals sharing the title depending on your perspective. The sperm whale has been recorded reaching 230 decibels, the loudest recorded sound in the animal kingdom. However, […]

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