Cool Jobs: A whale of a time

Scientists must find clever ways to probe the behaviors of leviathans that are — quite literally — out-of-sight

By Eric Wagner, 11:45 AM June 25, 2014

There is nothing quite like seeing a whale. From the comfort of a boat at sea, eager whale watchers might hope for a glimpse of a humpback hurling its 45-ton body out of the water. Perched on a cliff with a spotting scope, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, others may keep an eye out for gray whales as they migrate from feeding areas to breeding areas.

Such views capture only the tiniest glimpses of whaledom. And that’s because the bulk of a whale’s life takes place nowhere near the water’s surfac...

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