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Whale Earwax Helps Understand History
2013-09-17 09:55:54

[ Watch the Video: Blue Whale Earwax Tells A Tale Of A Lifetime ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Earplugs made of wax and fats are common to blue and other large whales and resemble the waxy buildup in our own ears – except on a much, much larger scale. To learn more about the history of individual whales, marine biologists from Baylor University and the Natural Museum of History have developed a unique method for analyzing these earplugs. The technique reveals...

2011-07-19 09:30:00

LAS VEGAS, July 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) "cherry-picked" research to support its biased air emission rules for power plants. The agency also avoided balanced peer review to build its case for stringent new controls on mercury emissions, an important new scientific review has concluded. Not only does EPA base its concerns about health risks on whale blubber, it ignores the skyrocketing, job-killing energy costs that employers and families will...

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2011-05-12 11:24:17

Bottlenose dolphins* and beluga whales**, two marine species at or near the top of their respective food webs, accumulate more chemical pollutants in their bodies when they live and feed in waters near urbanized areas, according to scientists working at the Hollings Marine Laboratory (HML), a government-university collaboration in Charleston, S.C. In papers recently published online by the journal Environmental Science & Technology, one research team looked at the levels of persistent...

2009-08-25 19:33:03

A U.S. animal rights group announced it will change a controversial Florida billboard that critics said compared overweight women to sea mammals. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said Monday it will change the Jacksonville billboard, which reads: Save the Whales. Lose the Blubber: Go Vegetarian. I think it's rather rude, a St. Petersburg woman said. Yeah, we all need to be a little bit healthier and exercise a little bit more, but that sign is very rude. PETA spokeswoman Lindsay...

2009-07-28 17:04:26

The remains of a fin whale found impaled on the bow of a cruise ship when it arrived in Vancouver has been towed to sea to provide nourishment for marine life. Paul Cottrell of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans said the carcass was lowered into the depths Monday somewhere west of Vancouver Island in the Pacific Ocean, The Victoria Times Colonist reported. There, it will provide food for other ocean animals. The whale, more than 60 feet long, was emaciated but still weighed about 70 tons...

2009-06-22 06:00:00

-- With International Whaling Commission Meetings in Portugal Kicking Off, Animal Planet Gauges Americans' Knowledge of Whaling Debate -- NEW YORK, June 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Animal Planet today released the results of a national Online Zogby Interactive poll of 3,412 Americans to coincide with the 61st annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission. The survey -- commissioned by Animal Planet, the producers of WHALE WARS -- was intended to assess Americans' knowledge of and attitudes...

2006-08-02 08:00:00

KOMMETJIE BEACH, South Africa -- South African officials set fire to a 34-metric ton whale carcass on Wednesday, sending white smoke into the air near Cape Town as spectators clambered over blubber-strewn rocks for a closer look. The dead southern right whale washed up onto the quiet Kommetjie beach, 40 km (25 miles) south of the country's top tourist city nearly two weeks ago. Officials packed tons of wood and poured 80 liters of a petrol and diesel fuel mix over the decomposing 15 meter (47...

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2005-12-12 18:49:10

OSLO, Norway -- Killer whales have the highest concentration of man-made toxins of all Arctic mammals tested in Europe because of the oceangoing predators' taste for fatty fish, according to a study released Monday. Man-made toxins, such as PCBs, build up in animal fat and become more concentrated in moving up the food chain. Most toxins, often from household products, are carried to Arctic waters by ocean currents, winds, or in migratory fish and animals. "Killer whales can be regarded as...

2005-06-29 18:47:00

LONDON (Reuters) - Sleep-deprived mothers of newborn babiesshould spare a thought for bottlenose dolphins and killerwhales. A study has shown the young of those two species do notsleep at all during the first month of life. They are active 24hours a day -- and their mothers have learned to cope. "Somehow these seafaring mammals have found a way to copewith sleep deprivation, facilitating rather than hindering acrucial phase of development for their offspring," Dr JeromeSiegel, a...

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2005-06-29 15:46:38

LONDON (Reuters) -- Sleep-deprived mothers of newborn babies should spare a thought for bottlenose dolphins and killer whales. A study has shown the young of those two species do not sleep at all during the first month of life. They are active 24 hours a day -- and their mothers have learned to cope. "Somehow these seafaring mammals have found a way to cope with sleep deprivation, facilitating rather than hindering a crucial phase of development for their offspring," Dr Jerome Siegel, a...


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Harp Seal
2013-05-01 15:08:34

The harp seal (Pagophilus groenlandicus), also known as the saddleback seal, is a true seal in the Phocidae family. It is native to northern areas of the Atlantic Ocean and to some areas of the Arctic Ocean. Its scientific name means "ice-lover from Greenland,” and it was previously classified within Phoca genus, although studies have shown that it is unique enough to be in a distinct genus. It holds two recognized subspecies, P. groenlandicus groenlandicus and P. groenlandicus oceanicus....

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