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2011-03-17 10:28:34

Scientists have long been aware of a link between naval sonar exercises and unusual mass strandings of beaked whales. Evidence of such a link triggered a series of lawsuits in which environmental groups sued the U.S. Navy to limit sonar exercises to reduce risk to whales. In 2008, this conflict rose to the level of the US Supreme Court which had to balance potential threat to whales from sonar against the military risk posed by naval forces inadequately trained to use sonar to detect enemy...

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2010-08-21 09:03:36

Nearly 60 pilot whales have died after becoming stranded on a beach in northern New Zealand, conservation authorities reported Friday.There were 73 total whales discovered on the beach mid-morning and the Department of Conservation's Carolyn Smith said the whales most likely beached overnight, which is why so many died before rescue operations were launched.Of the 73 pilot whales, 15 have survived, but are reported to be in "poor condition." Volunteers are making another attempt to rescue the...

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2010-06-11 10:35:00

Park officials said Thursday that a 30-foot-long dead humpback whale washed ashore near Jones Beach State Park. According to George Gorman, spokesman for the Long Island region of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Recreation, the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation, a nonprofit marine life rescue organization, will make the determination of what to do with the whale's remains. The whale was discovered by parks' staff east of field 6 at Jones...

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2010-02-23 12:20:00

A new study suggests that sperm whales may team up and work cooperatively to hunt down and corral their food. Scientists from the U.S. used high-tech GPS tags to study the marine mammals' astonishing hunting behaviors. The tracking equipment showed how the animals traveled together in groups, but when it came time to hunt for food, each whale took on various roles within the group. The study, led by Professor Bruce Mate from the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Oregon, used new equipment...

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2009-12-28 08:06:53

Vacationers and conservation workers were able to coax 43 pilot whales back into the ocean after getting stranded on the beach over the weekend. Unfortunately, over 125 whales didn't survive. 105 pilot whales died on Saturday at Farewell Spit in a mass beaching, while 21 whales died on Sunday at a beach on the east coast of the North Island. Rescuers monitored the survivors as they swam away, and by Monday morning they were reported well out to sea. Regional conservation spokeswoman Lyn...

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2009-04-02 13:05:00

Researchers say global warming is bringing food stocks closer to shore, causing the mass beaching of whales along Australia's coast, the AFP reported.Last week, nearly 90 long-finned pilot whales and bottlenose dolphins were beached along the Hamelin Bay on Australia's west coast in the last month.Experts say it took the total number of beached cetaceans in southern Australia beyond 500 in the past four months alone, including a single stranding of almost 200 on King Island.The...

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2009-03-13 13:35:00

Right whales in Florida waters may be threatened by recently approved Navy sonar projects, experts fear. Approved by the National Marine Fisheries Service, the Navy's plan will include training in the right whales' natural habitat along the Eastern Seaboard. The Navy insists that any threat to marine mammals would be negligible, and that the information gained by the planned tests is highly valuable.The Navy hopes to locate an anti-submarine warfare training range on 75 miles off the north...

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2009-01-23 14:45:00

Wildlife officials said that more than 40 sperm whales have died after a pod of about 50 became stranded off southern Australia.  Rescuers have been trying to keep the surviving whales alive by pouring water over them. The whales are trapped on a sandbar about 500 feet offshore from Perkins Island on the northwest coast of Tasmania. Because of the whales' immense size, and that the area is only accessible by sea, the rescue is proving to be a difficult one. Liz Wren, a spokeswoman for...

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2009-01-01 13:20:00

A new study of pygmy killer whales shows that those living off Hawaii tend to stay close to the islands and don't swim out to the open ocean, researchers said. One of the least understood marine mammal species, there are very few of the whales (probably less than 200 individuals) in this distinct pygmy killer whale population off the islands. The research published Tuesday in the journal Marine Mammal Science suggests the population's limited number makes it more vulnerable than other whale...

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2008-11-30 14:25:00

Australian authorities reported on Sunday that at least 150 whales have died after being stranded on Tasmania's west coast. The long-finned pilot whales were discovered on Saturday, badly injured by jagged rocks. The body count was affirmed on Sunday to be 150, double the original estimate of 80 on Saturday. An official said that rescuers did managed to save 30 whales, which were trapped in shallow reefs, by using a small safety boat to steer them to deeper water. Whales pass Tasmania as they...


Latest Beached whale Reference Libraries

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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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Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'