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Why Whales Are So Big

Whale diving. Cover of Science magazine.

Posted on: Dec. 17, 2019

Susan Parks, associate professor in the Department of Biology, has co-authored an article appearing on the December cover of the journal Science. The article, “Why whales are big but not bigger: Physiological and ecological limits in the age of ocean giants,” examines how the world’s largest animal became so large. Through field-collected data, researchers look at how factors like prey availability impact whale size. Read the full article.