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Tracking Ecology Of sperm Whales Through Stomach Contents
2014-04-07 07:48:42

University of Massachusetts at Amherst In the largest regional study of its type to date, marine ecologists offer better understanding of the feeding ecologies of 2 very rare sperm whale species in waters off the southeast US coast, adding baseline data they say are important as climate change, fishing and pollution alters the animals' environment and food sources. “Understanding what resources support populations of these incredibly rare animals is important to conservation,”...

Toxic Algae Most Likely Cause Of Ancient Chilean Whale Strandings
2014-02-26 10:08:48

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A site in the Atacama Desert of Northern Chile has become well known for its wealth of ancient marine mammal fossils, deposited there by a series of mass strandings. While the cause of whale or other mammal strandings that take place today can often be identified, the cause behind ancient strandings is much more difficult to pin down. According to a newly published report in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, an international...

Stranded Whales Lead Scientists To Discovery Of A New Species
2014-02-05 14:06:36

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists have discovered a new whale species that lives in the deep ocean waters beyond the edge of the continental shelf. Researchers, publishing a paper in the journal Marine Mammal Science, say they discovered Mesoplodon hotaula after studying seven animals stranded on remote tropical islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. The first specimen was a female found on a beach in Sri Lanka more than 50 years ago. M. hotaula are...

Unprecedented Dolphin Die Off Witnessed Along Eastern US Coast
2013-11-10 06:34:01

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced unsettling and unfortunate news this week centered on the bottlenose dolphin and Cetacean populations on the east coast of the United States. We are witnessing the most unprecedented stranding and die-off of these creatures in our recorded history. The last major incidence of stranding and die-off of these populations occurred in 1987-88 and was responsible for an...

2013-09-25 12:25:36

Investigation of 2008 melon-headed whale stranding in Madagascar conducted by independent review panel NEW YORK, Sept. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An independent scientific review panel has concluded that the mass stranding of approximately 100 melon-headed whales in the Loza Lagoon system in northwest Madagascar in 2008 was primarily triggered by acoustic stimuli, more specifically, a multi-beam echosounder system operated by a survey vessel contracted by ExxonMobil...

Bizarre Whale Strandings Not Due To Family Ties
2013-03-15 09:10:25

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Since the time of Aristotle, biologists have struggled to understand the reasons for mass strandings of whales and dolphins on beaches. Contrary to previous assumptions that whales follow each other onto the beach — and almost certain death — on account of familial ties, a new study from Oregon State University and the University of Auckland reveals that many unrelated individuals are present at each event. The findings...

Cape Cod Dolphin Strandings At Record High For January
2012-02-07 06:04:54

The dolphin strandings reported in Massachusetts have been a record event for the Cape Cod area. Since early January, 129 common dolphins have been found stranded on the beaches, said Katie Moore a marine mammal rescue and research manager for the International Fund for Animal Welfare. She said they were able to release 37 of 54 animals recovered alive, but 75 others were dead or had to be euthanized on the spot, bringing the death toll to 92. It is unusual, though, for so many...

2011-10-19 14:09:05

Scientists know that the blood and tissues of some deceased beaked whales stranded near naval sonar exercises are riddled with bubbles. It is also well know that human divers can suffer from bubbles-induced decompression sickness, also known as the bends. What researchers know comparatively little about is how living marine mammals handle the compression of lung gas as they dive deep and then resurface. Now, in a study published online in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, a team that...

2011-10-13 14:53:00

YARMOUTH PORT, Mass., Oct. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Two separate whale strandings in Massachusetts have been linked by unusual species identification this week by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and the New England Aquarium (NEAq). One pilot whale stranded in Duxbury on Monday followed by another pilot whale in Truro on Tuesday. Pilot whale strandings are relatively uncommon, but what makes these cases especially unique is that both animals have been identified...

2011-04-28 14:32:51

In a recent study to be published on April 27, 2011, in the peer-reviewed open-access journal PLoS ONE, Dr. Elliott Hazen and colleagues found that oceanographic and prey measurements can be used to identify beaked whale foraging habitat. The research team from Duke University, Woods Hole, and the Naval Undersea Warfare Center listened for foraging beaked whales and measured ocean features and distributions of prey off the east coast of Andross Island in the Bahamas. Their manuscript provides...


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2006-07-12 13:21:43

Bryde's Whales are the least known and in many ways the most unusual of the rorquals(Baleen Whales). They are small by rorqual standards"”no more than about 25 tons. They prefer tropical warm waters to the polar seas that other whales in their family prefer. They are largely coastal whales and their diet is composed almost entirely of fish. There appear to be two species, and some confusion between the two exists. Bryde's Whales are very similar in appearance to Sei Whales and almost as...

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