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Whale of a Record: 306 Humpbacks Spotted Near Antarctica

A record-breaking crowd of humpback whales has been seen in chilly waters near Antarctica, giving researchers a unique opportunity to study the colossal creatures — not to mention a few thrills. Full story

Humpbacks possess amazing navigation skills

The giants that migrate farther than any other mammal on Earth, humpback whales, do so with mysterious, extraordinary accuracy, veering off course by less than 1 degree over hundreds of miles, scientists find. Full story

Where humpback whales breed: Puzzle solved?

The endangered humpback whale was once on the brink of extinction because of the whaling practices of the first half of the 20th century. Now, thanks to international protection, their numbers have dramatically increased to about 20,000 whales. But where they all went to breed during the winter has Full story

The Greatest Migration on Earth

It was the greatest example of migration by a mammal on Earth — a journey made by a humpback whale across nearly a quarter of the planet. Luckily, with the help of the Internet, scientists managed to capture it on camera. Full story

A whale of a trip! Humpback makes record migration

It wasn't love. It could have been adventure. Or maybe she just got lost. Full story

Sick whale euthanized with explosives

   Authorities use lethal explosives to euthanize a sick humpback whale that was stranded on a beach in Western Australia two weeks ago. TODAYshow.com's Dara Brown reports.

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  Whale frolics close to Aussie shore

A giant humpback whale puts on a spectacular show for on-lookers close tot he Australian shore. TODAYshow.com's Dara Brown reports.

  Dead whale found pinned to cruise liner

A dead humpback whale is found pinned to a Princess Cruise vessel near Juneau. Alex Witt reports.

  Crews remove dead whale from Fla. shipping channel

Oct. 5: Wildlife workers remove a dead humpback whale from a Florida shipping channel. Msnbc.com's Becca Field reports.

  Tangled whale rescued off N.J. shore

Feb. 24: A three-member crew cut loose a humpback whale after it got tangled in fishing nets. Msnbc.com's Dara Brown reports.

  Humpback whale spotted in Puget Sound

May 29: A humpback whale is seen swimming in Puget Sound in Washington state. Msnbc.com's Dara Brown reports.

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vortices along a humpback whale fin

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