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Be quiet in the ocean; whales can hear you. Scientists have discovered that baleen whales can hear through their very bones, and this discovery could be a massive help in whale conservation efforts.
At almost 100 feet in length, blue whales are believed to be the largest animals that ever existed, bigger even than any known dinosaur. And yet, scientists now tell us, there is room in the southeastern Pacific Ocean for two different kinds of blue whales, with two distinct populations living in the waters of the region.
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California blue whales have become the first group of the endangered species to experience a population rebound, demonstrating their ability to rebound when carefully managed, according to new research appearing in the journal Marine Mammal Science.
Highly maneuverable and built like torpedoes, minke whales are the most common whales in Antarctic waters, yet the animals could be living on a knife edge as their sea-ice homes dwindle rapidly.
Whales have been endangered by human activity for hundreds of years mainly due to commercial hunting and fishing concerns. A new study from Oregon State University, published in PLOS ONE, reveals that these are not the only human-derived challenges whales face.
Whales have often been viewed at the lonely nomads of the seas, but a new report has found that whales are actually great engineers of marine ecosystems.
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Researchers have discovered the origins of a bizarre duck-like sound heard in winter and spring in the ocean around Antarctica and off Australia’s west coast.
Scientists using passive acoustic monitoring to track minke whales in the Northwest Atlantic have found clues in the individual calling behaviors and movements of this species.
Right whales are baleen whales belonging to the family Balaenidae. There are four species in two genera: Eubalaena (three species) and Balaena (one species, the Bowhead Whale, also called the Greenland Right Whale). Right whales can grow to 60 ft long and weigh up to 100 metric tons. Their bodies are mostly black, with distinctive white Calluses (skin abrasions) on their heads. They are called "right whales" because whalers thought the whales were the "right" ones to catch. The Right Whale...
The Minke Whale or Lesser Rorqual is a marine mammal belonging to the suborder of baleen whales. The Minke Whale was first identified by Lacepede in 1804. Taxonomy Most modern classifications split the Minke Whale into two species; the Common or Northern Minke Whale and the Antarctic or Southern Minke Whale. Taxonomists further categorize the Common Minke Whale into two or three subspecies; the North Atlantic Minke Whale, the North Pacific Minke Whale and Dwarf Minke Whale. All Minke...
The Sei Whale (Balaenoptera borealis) is a large baleen whale. Following large-scale hunting of Sei Whales in the Southern Ocean during middle part of the twentieth century when approximately 200,000 Sei Whales were killed, the Sei Whale is now an internationally protected species. The Sei Whale can grow to 20 m (66 ft) long. Taxonomy and naming This rorqual (The largest group of baleen whales) is in the order Cetacea. Like all the biggest whales it has baleen plates rather than teeth....
The Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus) is a marine mammal that is in the suborder of baleen whales. At up to 30 meters (100 feet) in length and 140 tons or more in weight, it is believed to be the largest animal ever to have lived on Earth. Blue Whales were abundant in most oceans around the world until the beginning of the twentieth century. For the first 40 years of the twentieth century they were hunted by whalers almost to extinction. Hunting of the blue whale was outlawed by the...
The Fin Whale (Balaenoptera physalus), also called the Finback Whale and belongs to the baleen whales suborder. It is the second largest whale and also the second largest animal currently living. The Fin whale can grow to 85 ft (26 m) long. The fin Whale can be found worldwide and in Europe is readily seen in the Bay of Biscay. Taxonomy The Fin Whale is a close relative of the Blue Whale. The differences began to occur between 3 and 5 million years ago. Hybrids between the two...
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