I really recommend this particular story. It's not so much scientific as it is historical, but a good read nonetheless.
So perfectly written, this commentary is from author Philip Hoare, who wrote The Whale. A good story about how our relationship with whales has changed over the decades - by a lot and a little at the same time.
"The truth is now, as it's ever been: We need whales more than they need us. Once we hunted them for their industrial resources. Now we demand to be entertained by them. What they want, most probably, is to be left alone."
Full article here (Slate)