Read about the latest conservation efforts, explore sound recordings online, learn about the Museum’s whale skeletons on display, discover fascinating facts, understand the progress with protective measures and more! Follow the links below.  #WhalesToday  

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About Whales

Learn about whales, dolphins and porpoises, collectively known as cetaceans.

Exhibition: Skeletons of the Deep

Come learn about the whale skeletons on display at the New Bedford Whaling Museum.

Exhibition: Whales Today

The story of human interactions with whales would be incomplete without discussing today’s scientific work.

Watkins / Schevill Collections

Learn more the founders of marine mammal bioacoustics – William Watkins and his collaborator of almost 40 years, William Schevill. Links are available to a finding aid and sound recordings.

Watkins Marine Mammal Sound Database

The William A. Watkins Collection of Marine Mammal Sound Recordings consists of recordings of various marine mammal species collected over a span of seven decades in a wide range of geographic areas by Watkins and many others.

Survival Threats and Conservation Efforts

Read about threats of ship collisions with North Atlantic Right Whales and the impact of ocean sounds to cetaceans.

Finding and Identifying Whales

Are you curious about exactly how many species of whale, dolphin and porpoise swim our global ocean?

Protective Measures

Information on the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling, signed in 1946 and the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972.

Fascinating Facts

A video explains how ambergris is made, and how to find out if your beach discovery is indeed ambergris… plus more fun facts.

Whale Information Bibliography

A suggested list of books and selected articles.

Last modified: February 22, 2018