Whale earwax reveals just how much human activity can stress out marine mammals
12 November 2018
Whales had more cortisol in their bodies while the global whaling industry was at its peak.
Half the world's killer whales may go extinct within 50 years
28 September 2018
Refuges in the Arctic may help save the species.
Could storms be behind the lost beluga in the Thames?
26 September 2018
Experts think it is likely that the beluga came from the direction of Svalbard off Norway.
The secret history of Hope the blue whale has finally been revealed
21 September 2018
Evidence suggests she may have given birth the year before she died.
More whales and dolphins than ever spotted in the UK
7 August 2018
It has been a record year for cetacean sightings in the waters around Britain.
Helping scientists study the biggest animals on Earth
8 June 2018
The Museum is scanning its collection of whale specimens so that the data is easier to handle and accessible to researchers around the world.
Curious collections: two-tusked narwhal
31 May 2018
Marine mammal expert Richard Sabin takes us through what scientists know - and don't know - about narwhals, also known as unicorns of the sea.
Sir David Attenborough on bringing wildlife into your living room
12 March 2018
Sir David Attenborough has had a 60-year career in TV - but he's still interested in new ways of delivering nature to your door.
What happens when whales die?
3 November 2017
Discover how in death, whales can sustain life for decades.
Whale sculptures: capturing sea creatures in art
4 September 2017
Meet the artist behind the whale-form sculptures in the exhibition Whales: Beneath the surface.
What do whales eat for dinner?
22 August 2017
The ocean offers a range of dining options.
Whales in the womb
21 August 2017
A series of perfectly-preserved humpback whale foetuses reveal how whales grow before they're born.
In pictures: whales, dolphins and dugongs
9 August 2017
See award-winning shots capturing life in the ocean.
When whales walked on four legs
8 August 2017
Early ancestors of the ocean's biggest animals once walked on land. Follow their extraordinary journey from shore to sea.
Killer whale behaviour shows granny knows best
1 August 2017
Research on communities of killer whales reveals there might be more to menopause than simply old age.
What is ambergris?
25 July 2017
Find out where ambergris, also known as floating gold, really comes from.
104 years of collecting whales
19 July 2017
What happens to stranded whales? And how can they be useful for research?
Museum unveils 'Hope' the blue whale skeleton
13 July 2017
Today, the Natural History Museum unveils the new star of its reimagined Hintze Hall, which begins the biggest transformation in its 136-year history.
The blue whale: a three-year labour of love
Join Museum scientists as they reflect on becoming part of this specimen's giant story.
A blue whale's banquet
30 June 2017
Rare drone footage could prove vital for research into the meals of the largest animals on the planet.
The Thames whale: a celebrity specimen back on display
25 June 2017
See the skeleton of the Thames whale ten years after it caused a stir by swimming up London's river.
On the trail of the Wexford blue whale
21 June 2017
Trace the 126-year journey of the blue whale from the sea to Museum.
Life in the pod: the social lives of whales
10 September 2018
Why do whales sing? Scientists have only just begun to decipher the meaning of these underwater melodies.
Secrets of the deepest diving whales
25 April 2017
Beaked whales can dive 2,000 metres below the ocean's surface. Why and how do they do it?
The blue whale: scanning the largest animal on Earth
9 March 2017
Scanning and 3D-modelling the skeleton of a blue whale is an enormous undertaking.
A whale of a time capsule
23 February 2017
Discover how crumpled newspapers have turned a blue whale skeleton into a historical treasure trove.
The whale story: Richard Owen
19 January 2017
Discover how whales were at the heart of the original proposal for a museum of natural history in Britain.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Snorkelling with orcas
4 October 2016
Photographer Audun Rikardsen describes his 18-month mission to document orcas feeding in cold Norwegian fjords.
Blue whale conservation team wins prestigious award
4 June 2018
The conservators preparing the Museum's blue whale skeleton for its move into Hintze Hall have received a prize for their contribution to the public's understanding of conservation.
Whale move: conservation commences
19 April 2016
Watch as our blue whale is moved into storage and the conservators start their work.
First bone-eating worm found in warm waters
13 April 2016
Museum scientists have found that Osedax worms, which feed on the bones of whale carcasses, can live in shallow Mediterranean waters.
Investigating whale strandings
20 November 2015
Museum scientist Rebecca Lyal shares her experiences studying whale and dolphin strandings along the British coast.
Examining the blue whale: the move begins
17 November 2015
Go behind the scenes as the first bones are taken down from the blue whale skeleton.
Teaser: staging set for blue whale skeleton move
11 November 2015
Watch the scaffolding rising around the blue whale skeleton as the Museum gears up for the move.