Science: Big Heart

Through the rough seas running off Clark's Point, Alaska, a small skiff put out. It carried a heart specialist and his assistants, but they were not on an errand of mercy. Curiosity—the kind of curiosity that kills cats for science—led them on. They were looking for a whale; they wanted to feel its pulse.

They found what they were looking for in the shallows of Nushagak Bay—a small (one-ton) beluga whale, come in to feed on salmon. It was not the first whale which had shied away from their "stethoscope": in earlier efforts the hunters had been unsuccessful. This time a husky...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!