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dwarf minke whale
2014-08-15 03:26:30

The Company of Biologists First live observations of minke whales feeding under sea ice 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. 'Sea ice in the area around the Antarctic Peninsula has decreased dramatically in the last 30 years', warns Ari Friedlaender from Oregon State University, USA, adding, 'yet we do not know how critical the sea...

blue whale shipping lanes
2014-07-25 05:52:39

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online 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. Blue whales, in particular, are also at an increased risk of injury and death from shipping traffic. The research team, led by OSU Marine Mammal Institute researcher Ladd...

New Study Finds Ocean Ecosystems Naturally Engineered By Whales
2014-07-03 14:58:31

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Whales have often been viewed as the lonely nomads of the seas, but a new report has found that these large mammals are actually great engineers of marine ecosystems. Published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, the new study reviewed several decades of research on whales from around the world and found they play a powerful and positive role with respect to ocean function, global carbon storage, and ecosystem productivity....

2014-05-02 23:06:00

This Summer, Hornblower Cruises Gives Passengers the Thrill of a Lifetime from the Safety of a Stable and Spacious Yacht San Diego, California (PRWEB) May 02, 2014 Starting July 5th, Hornblower Cruises & Events will offer passengers amazing viewing opportunities of San Diego’s most fascinating natural phenomena, the Blue Whale Migration. Imagine the excitement of seeing a 100 ft. long blue whale, the world’s largest mammal, emerge from the water just a short distance away while...

Antarctic minke whales
2014-04-24 06:56:44

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online 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. The sound – a series of low-pitched, repetitive pulses dubbed “bio-duck” – was first recorded more than half a century ago, but its source has eluded scientists, until now. Using acoustic recorders, researchers Denise Risch of NOAA's Northeast Fisheries Science...

Passive Acoustic Monitoring Reveals Clues To Calling Behavior And Movements Of The Minke Whale
2014-03-20 16:10:55

NOAA 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. These findings, recently published online in the journal Behaviour, provide insight into one of the least studied baleen whales. “Although we regularly observe minke whales in our Gulf of Maine surveys, we know very little about minke whale vocalizations and how they use sound in their behavioral and...

Fossils Reveal Eclectic Ancient Marine Mammals Of North Pacific
2014-02-06 08:47:30

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The pre-Ice Age marine mammals of the North Pacific were a diverse and fascinating lot, according to an analysis of hundreds of fossil bones and teeth excavated from the San Francisco Bay Area's Purisima Formation. Robert Boessenecker, a geology PhD student at New Zealand's University of Otago, put together a record of 21 marine mammal species that were fossilized 5 to 2.5 million years ago, including dwarf baleen whales, odd...

Scientists Study Genetics Of Blue Whale Immune Systems
2013-10-10 12:57:41

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online The immune system of blue whales living in the Gulf of Mexico is as good as that of humans and other terrestrial mammals. According to researchers from the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN) in Mexico and the University of Guelph in Canada, a genetic analysis revealed the whale species is healthy and could withstand an outbreak of bacteria or fungi. Jorge Ortega Reyes, head of the research conducted at the National School of...

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...

Whales Get Sunburned
2013-08-30 12:07:41

[ Watch the Video: Whales Can Get A Tan Like Humans ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online If you spent the whole day swimming in the ocean you might expect to get a tan, and a new study has found that whales also experience an increase in skin pigment as a result of exposure to the sun’s rays. The same study also found that the skin of blue, sperm and fin whales can suffer genetic damage due to UV ray exposure – just like humans. According to a recently published...


Latest Blue Whale Reference Libraries

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2006-07-12 15:22:14

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...

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2006-07-12 15:07:29

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...

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2006-07-12 14:39:38

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....

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2006-07-12 14:03:34

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...

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2006-07-12 13:11:55

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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bodacious
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