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Humpback Whales Take a Bite of the New York Bight

Suddenly, a humpback whale bursts through this bait ball off the starboard side like a torpedo to its mark. The whale’s mouth is open wide and scooping in as many fish as it can hold, with the remnants spilling back into the sea. As it smacks its massive head down, a wave of very fishy whale’s breath blows across the bow of the boat.

Whale Encounters in Arctic Svalbard

We did not see the rare bowhead whale during our week-long cruise through Svalbard early in the summer of 2014, but our ship, National Geographic Explorer, had some dramatic encounters with humpbacks, and there were also excellent sightings of fin whales and belugas.

March 3, 2013: Everest Emergency, How to Train Your Cat, and More

Every week, embark with host Boyd Matson on an exploration of the latest discoveries and interviews with some of the most fascinating people on the planet, on National Geographic Weekend. Please check listings near you to find the best way to listen to National Geographic Weekend, or pick your favorite segments and listen now below! Episode: 1309 – Air Date:…

Willow the White Whale

Above video from Barcroft TV. Like a scene from Moby Dick, a rare white whale was spotted off the coast of Spitsbergen in Norway by maritime engineer Dan Fisher of the UK. Swimming alongside a pod of other, regular grey humpback whales, this whale likely has a condition called leucism, which causes a reduction in…

Eye to Eye with a Humpback

One of the benefits of being in the water with humpback whales is that it makes me appear svelte by comparison.

NG Weekend: Battle at Kruger

This week on National Geographic Weekend radio, host Boyd Matson speaks with guests about hope for people living with HIV/AIDS in South Africa, scarlet macaws, animal survival, compost, humpback whales, an Arctic journey, and dignity for Ethiopian mothers. Hour 1 National Geographic Emerging Explorer Zinhle “Zinny” Thabethe has a voice that moves audiences to tears,…