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What Do Killer Whales Eat In The Arctic?
2012-01-30 09:36:54

Killer whales (Orcinus orca) are the top marine predator, wherever they are found, and seem to eat everything from schools of small fish to large baleen whales, over twice their own size. The increase in hunting territories available to killer whales in the Arctic due to climate change and melting sea ice could seriously affect the marine ecosystem balance. New research published in BioMed Central's re-launched open access journal Aquatic Biosystems has combined scientific observations with...

Bowhead Whales Use Northwest Passage To Migrate
2011-09-22 12:44:41

   According to research published in the journal Biology Letters, bowhead whales are using the Northwest Passage to move across the top of the Americas. Scientists analyzed skeletons, DNA samples and harpoon heads and found these giants of the Arctic living on each side of the continent did meet and mingle. Mads Peter Heide-Jorgensen from the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources and colleagues satellite-tagged over 100 bowheads over the last decade. The researchers...

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2011-04-24 16:25:43

What do polar bears, hummingbirds, clams, bowhead whales and invasive plant species have to do with Earth science spacecraft orbiting overhead 24/7? Soon observations from NASA's Earth-observing satellites of our planet's climate will be brought to bear on understanding how different species and ecosystems respond to climate changes and developing tools to better manage wildlife and natural resources.NASA has joined with the U.S. Geological Survey, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and...

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2010-06-30 11:39:23

According to a study released on Tuesday, the world's smallest known whale population has dwindled to about 30 individuals, only eight of them females. The Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska once swarmed with tens of thousands of North Pacific right whales. However, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), hunting in the 19th century wiped out most of them, with up to 30,000 slaughtered in the 1840s alone. The Soviet Union's poaching during the 1960s claimed...

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2010-01-08 09:40:00

Bears changing habitat in response to sea ice conditions A long-term study showing the changes in habitat associations of polar bears in response to sea ice conditions in the southern Beaufort Sea has implications for polar bear management in Alaska. Karyn Rode, a polar bear biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Anchorage, Alaska and one of the study's authors, says data collected between 1979 and 2005 show that polar bears in the region are occurring more frequently on land...

2009-12-07 15:14:00

WASHINGTON, Dec. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The federal Minerals Management Service today gave the green light to Shell Oil's plan to drill exploratory wells in the ecologically rich waters of the Chukchi Sea off Alaska's northwest coast next summer. "We are very concerned because drilling for oil runs the risk of devastating spills in a sensitive marine ecosystem already stressed by dramatic climate change," said Marilyn Heiman, director of the Pew Environment Group's U.S. Arctic...

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2009-07-29 09:10:00

It wasn't that many years ago that the bowhead whale was written off as extinct in the waters around Greenland and especially in Disko Bay in northwest Greenland where University of Copenhagen has its Arctic Field Station.But now the situation has changed and adult bowhead whales, which can grow up to 18 meters long and weigh 100 tons, have returned to the bay. Probably because global warming has opened up the Northwest Passage, making it ice free at certain times of the year for the first...

2008-11-21 12:50:39

A U.S. federal appeals court canceled a Royal Dutch Shell permit to drill for Alaskan oil, citing an agencies failure to conduct an environmental review. The court ruled that the U.S. Minerals Management Service failed to conduct a required environmental review before giving the company a permit to drill in the Sivulliq oil field about 16 miles off of northern Alaska, The New York Times reported Friday. The 1970 National Environmental Policy Act required the agency to take a hard look at the...

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2008-04-26 16:10:00

The polar bear has become an icon of global warming vulnerability, but a new study found an Arctic mammal that may be even more at risk to climate change: the narwhal. The narwhal, a whale with a long spiral tusk that inspired the myth of the unicorn, edged out the polar bear for the ranking of most potentially vulnerable in a climate change risk analysis of Arctic marine mammals. The study was published this week in the peer-reviewed journal Ecological Applications. Polar bears are...

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2007-11-07 12:15:00

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Endangered humpback and fin whales swam hundreds of miles north of their usual habitat this summer in what environmentalists say is another sign of the effects of global warming and the shifting Arctic ecosystem. Humpbacks were spotted over the summer in the Beaufort Sea east of Barrow, the northernmost community in the United States, and last year in the Chukchi Sea, west of the Beaufort and north of the Bering Strait, said Robin Cacy, a spokeswoman for the federal...


Latest Bowhead Whale Reference Libraries

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2006-07-17 18:05:29

The Bowhead Whale (Balaena mysticetus), also known as Greenland Right Whale or Arctic Whale, is a marine mammal of the order Cetacea. It can grow to 20 m. (66 ft.), long. Description Bowhead whales large dark colored animals with no dorsal fin and a strongly bowed lower jaw and narrow upper jaw. The baleen plates, which are larger than three meters and the longest of the baleen whales, are used to strain tiny prey from the water. The whales have massive bony skulls which they use to...

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2006-07-12 13:03:21

The Gray Whale (Eschrichtius robustus), more recently called the Eastern Pacific Gray Whale, is a whale that travels between feeding and breeding grounds yearly. It reaches a length of about 52 ft (16 meters), can reach a weight of 36 tons and age of 50"“60 years. Gray Whales were once called devil fish because of their fighting behavior when they are hunted. The Gray Whale is the sole species in the genus Eschrichtius. This animal is one of the oldest species of mammals, having been on...

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Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.