The Wondrous Ways of Whales

by Elena Tafone

To this day, the ocean remains largely unexplored. In fact, we have better, more detailed maps of the surface of Mars than the ocean floor. And the many creatures that inhabit the ocean are just as mysterious. But, of all of God’s creatures, whales in particular have long mystified humanity. Anyone who has ever managed to catch a glimpse of these gentle giants in the wild knows how incredible that moment can be. “When you see whales, it just humbles you,” says Nan Hauser, a whale biologist and the president of the Center for Cetacean Research and Conservation.“At talks I’ve given, after they turn on the lights in the auditorium, you can see people in the audience wiping the tears from their cheeks.” But, despite our emotional connection to them, there’s still so much people don’t know about whales. Here are seven wondrous facts about one of Earth’s most mysterious creatures…