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2008-12-31 13:35:00

Local and Australian researchers said on Wednesday that one of the world's highest concentrations of dolphins and whales -- many of them protected species -- has been discovered off the coast of East Timor. A study by the Timor government uncovered a "hot spot" of marine cetaceans migrating through deep channels off the Timor coast, including blue and beaked whales, short-finned pilot whales, melon headed whales and six dolphin species. Principal scientist Karen Edyvane said the team was...

2008-12-30 07:51:00

CUMBRIA, England and FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida, December 30 /PRNewswire/ -- - Key Words: Dolphin, Cetacean, Acoustics, Holography, Language, CymaScope In an important breakthrough in deciphering dolphin language, researchers in Great Britain and the United States have imaged the first high definition imprints that dolphin sounds make in water. The key to this technique is the CymaScope, a new instrument that reveals detailed structures within sounds, allowing their...

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2008-12-15 13:25:00

Research suggests that the bizarre teeth of male beaked whales have evolved to help females choose their mates. Apparently, the males use the two teeth on the outside of their jaws not for eating, but for scratching each other. DNA analysis shows the teeth probably evolved as secondary sexual traits to help females select males of the right species, scientists said. Beaked whales make up the least known group of whales or dolphins. They spend most of their time deep in the ocean foraging for...

2008-11-06 11:15:00

WASHINGTON, Nov. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The Institute of Cetacean Research (ICR), a Japanese scientific body that studies whales, today accused Animal Planet and Discovery Communications of deceiving their viewers in a new television series "Whale Wars", due to be broadcast in the United States starting tomorrow. Whale Wars purports to be a reality TV program, but instead it shows staged events directed by the Animal Planet filmmakers themselves, in a "tail wagging the dog" format. The...

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2008-09-29 14:35:00

Illusive mammals such as the beaked whale are hardly seen, mysterious, and obscure, and yet they have become the focus of new studies due to the harm that military sonar systems seem to cause them. "There's not much known about these creatures - where they live, their lifestyle," says Ted Cranford from San Diego State University. "In fact, they might be the least understood group of large mammals on Earth." This summer, the research yacht Song of the Whale, operated by the International...

2008-09-26 18:00:36

By PAUL WEIDEMAN I Do the right whale thing Paul Weideman I The New Mexican Whaledreamers, documentary on interspecies connection, not rated, The Film Center, 988-7414 Whales bring people together to save the Earth. That's the bottom line of Whaledreamers, a 2007 documentary written and directed by Kim Kindersley. The film records a 1998 gathering of tribal leaders from around the world at the Nullarbor Cliffs in South Australia. The ceremonial gathering was called by...

2008-09-17 09:00:31

Text of report in English by Taiwanese Central News Agency website [By Elizabeth Hsu] Taipei, Sept. 17 (CNA) - A Canadian scientist dedicated to the preservation of aquatic mammals urged the Taiwan government Wednesday to take immediate action to protect an isolated and endangered population of dolphins that is found only in the eastern Taiwan Strait. Peter S. Ross, a marine mammal toxicologist at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans in Canada, made the call at a press conference held...

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2008-09-15 14:24:54

A new report warns that levels of noise in the world's oceans are causing serious problems for whales, dolphins and other marine mammals. Undersea noise blocks animals' communication and disrupts feeding, according to the International Fund for Animal Welfare (Ifaw). Some say naval sonar has been linked to the mass deaths of some cetaceans. The level of ocean noise in some regions is doubling each decade and Ifaw says protective measures are failing. "Humanity is literally drowning out marine...

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2008-08-12 13:55:00

Although once under threat of extinction, many big whales are on the "road to recovery" thanks to bans set in place in the 1980s, an environmental group said Tuesday. In its review of cetaceans, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) reported a "guardedly optimistic" picture for many large whales, according to Randall Reeves, chair of the cetacean specialist group of the IUCN. "Humpbacks and southern right whales are making a comeback in much of their range mainly because...

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2008-07-07 09:58:12

Four weeks on from the shocking incident that led to the death of 26 dolphins near Falmouth, research released Monday sheds new light on the extent of the problems facing Cornwall's marine mammals. A study by the University of Exeter and Cornwall Wildlife Trust, published in the journal Biodiversity and Conservation, has revealed a disturbing rise in the number of whales, dolphins and porpoises found dead on Cornish beaches. The frequency of these mammals, collectively known as cetaceans,...


Latest Cetacea Reference Libraries

Cetology
2013-10-02 11:21:29

Cetology is a branch of marine mammal science that studies about eighty species of dolphins, whales, and porpoise, all of which are classified within the Cetacea order. Cetologists, who practice cetology, work to understand the distribution, development, behavior, and other aspects of cetaceans. The study of cetaceans began in the Classical era. About 2,300 years ago, Aristotle documented details about some cetacean species, calling them mammals, while traveling on the Aegean Sea with...

Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphin, Tursiops aduncus
2013-09-19 11:24:25

The Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops aduncus) is one of three recognized species of bottlenose dolphin that can be found in the waters near southern Australia, South China, and India. Its range also includes the Red Sea and the eastern coastal areas of Africa. All bottlenose dolphins were classified as one species, the common bottlenose dolphin or T. truncates, until 1998 when the Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin was found to be distinct. This species is distinct from other bottlenose...

Dall’s Porpoise, Phocoenoides dalliz
2013-08-29 10:15:35

Dall’s porpoise (Phocoenoides dalliz) can only be found in the North Pacific, with a range that includes the Sea of Japan and the Okhotsk and Bering Seas. This range extends to southern California in the east and to the southern waters of Japan in the west. When normal weather patterns change and waters become colder, this species can be found in in Baja, California, specifically in Scammon's Lagoon, and strays can occasionally be found in the Chukchi Sea. It prefers to reside in cold...

Blainville's Beaked Whale, Mesoplodon densirostris
2013-08-17 13:31:16

Blainville’s beaked whale (Mesoplodon densirostris), also known as the dense-beaked whale, can be found in a large range that includes the warm and tropical waters of all oceans. It prefers to reside at depths between 1,600 and 3,000 feet and does not migrate. This species received its common name from Blainville, the man who classified it as Delphinus densirostris after studying a description of a piece of one individual’s nose located in the Paris Museum. In 1846, John Edward Gray...

Hourglass Dolphin, Lagenorhynchus cruciger
2013-08-16 10:45:47

The hourglass dolphin (Lagenorhynchus cruciger) is a rare species that can be found in Antarctic and subAntarctic waters. Most sightings of this species have been made in the southern waters near the Shetland Islands, off the coast of Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, and in the southern waters near New Zealand. It is thought that this dolphin does not congregate in large numbers in any area of its circumpolar range. Qouy and Galmard first recognized the hourglass dolphin as a new species in...

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