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US Navy Bomb-Sniffing Dolphins Get The Axe, Replaced By Robots
2012-12-03 14:18:07

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Dolphins are remarkable creatures. Their impeccable eyesight, exceptional sonar abilities and gracefulness underwater not only make them an undersea wonder, it also aids in their ability to hunt and track down prey. Marine biologists are well aware of the intelligence of dolphins and have been studying and training them for years. These gentle marine mammals have even been used for national security, protecting our borders...

Threatened Pilot Whales Swim As A Team
2012-11-24 07:27:08

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online When long-finned pilot whales sense the presence of a potential danger, they use synchronized swimming as a defense mechanism, an international team of scientists has discovered. Scientists from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, the Doñana Biological Station (CSIC) and the Conservation, Information and Study on Cetaceans (CIRCE) studied the behavior of the approximately 300 members of the Globicephala melas...

Marine Mammals Need To Eat Right To Survive
2012-11-23 06:25:17

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online High-energy prey make for high-energy predators in the marine world. Survival, for those predators, depends on sustaining the right kind of high-energy diet, so not just any prey will do. A new study from the University of British Columbia (UBC) and the University of La Rochelle (ULR), published online in the journal PLOS ONE, is the first to show that the survival of whales and dolphins depends on the quality of their diets. These...

Dolphin Bodies Found In Gulf Were Killed, Mutilated Say Experts
2012-11-19 13:13:48

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Authorities are on the hunt for one or more persons responsible for several deadly attacks on dolphins along the Gulf Coast in recent months. Experts have reported finding several of the dead mammals, some with gunshot wounds, cuts and mutilations. "We responded to one dolphin from Alabama that had its tail cut off," Dr. Moby Solangi, of the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies (IMMS), told The Sun Herald. "We responded to a...

Rare Whale Found On New Zealand Beach
2012-11-05 15:41:19

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Perhaps one of the greatest things about science is that there´s still so much left to discover. Though scientists have been studying and cataloguing the world for hundreds of years, there are still creatures and mysteries which continue to elude us. Take, for instance, the spade-toothed whale. According to the Telegraph, scientists weren´t aware of this species of whale until some pieces of bone were discovered on...

Beluga Whales Talk Like Humans
2012-10-22 20:25:12

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online If Willy the whale from the 1993 hit Free Willy were a Beluga, the film may not have been the success it was. Not only are Killer Whales a bit more majestic than Belugas (can you imagine a goofy, white whale soaring high above Jesse and leaping its way towards freedom?) but they´re also more recognized as the quintessential whale. All this is to say, if Willy had been Beluga, he could have learned how to mimic human...

Dolphins Are Vigilant Sleepers
2012-10-18 11:28:52

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The demands of living at sea require constant vigilance, including when these animals´ circadian rhythms dictate the need for sleep. Dolphins meet these 24-hour security requirements by sleeping with one half of their brain while surfacing to breath and avoiding predators with the other half, according to new research published this week in PLoS ONE. A group of San Diego researchers has shown that these marine mammals have...

Choreography Of Whale Lunges Revealed
2012-10-13 06:23:08

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Sure, a whale can lunge underwater, but have you ever seen one do a jumping jack? Ok, so those aren´t the lunges a group of researchers were monitoring. Representing institutions from around the globe, Malene Simon, Mark Johnson, Peter Madsen and colleagues built on the previous success of another research team. In the first study, Jeremy Goldbogen and his team were able to tag blue, fin and humpback whales revealing that they...

Military Technology Tracks Blue Whales
2012-10-07 09:51:35

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports — Your Universe Online Military technology originally designed to detect enemy submarines may seem like an odd tool in the fight to keep blue whales from becoming extinct, but that's exactly what one team of scientists is attempting to do. The devices in question are sonobuoys -- a relatively small and expendable floating sonar system that is typically dropped or ejected from aircraft or ships as part of anti-submerged vessel defense maneuvers....


Latest Cetaceans 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...

North Atlantic Right Whale, Eubalaena glacialis
2013-08-26 11:17:56

The North Atlantic right whale (Eubalaena glacialis), also known as the black right whale or the northern right whale, is one of three right whales in the Eubalaena genus. It can be found in a small population of about 396 individuals in the western North Atlantic. If it does occur in the eastern North Atlantic, experts assert that it only numbers in the tens, making it nearly extinct in that area. This species migrates into the western North Atlantic to feed in the spring, summer, and fall...

Southern Right Whale, Eubalaena australis
2013-06-22 16:13:36

The southern right whale (Eubalaena australis) is a species of baleen whale that can be found in different regions in the summer and winter seasons. During the summer, it can be found in the Southern Ocean, possibly near Antarctica. During the winter, populations disperse into many warmer areas to breed, including waters near Chile, Argentina, New Zealand, South Africa, Peru, Namibia, Brazil, Australia, and Madagascar, among other areas. Right whales were first classified by Carolus...

Pygmy Killer Whale, Feresa Attenuata
2013-01-30 15:25:51

Image Caption: Fossil of Feresa Attenuata, Shimonoseki Marine Science Museum KAIKYOUKAN, Japan. Credit: OpenCage/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 2.5) The pygmy killer whale is widely distributed in tropical and sub-tropical waters worldwide. Regular sightings of this species occur off the coast of Hawaii and Japan, and also in the Indian Ocean near Sri Lanka and Lesser Antilles. In the Atlantic the pygmy killer whale has been seen off the coast of South Carolina and Senegal. This species swims in...

Crabeater Seal, Lobodon carcinophagus
2012-06-26 14:40:11

The crabeater seal (Lobodon carcinophagus) is a true seal that can be found around the whole of Antarctica. Its range also includes small areas in South America, New Zealand, Africa, and Australia. It resides on the pack ice zone for the entire year, even as it shifts seasonally, and prefers to stay in the continental shelf area in water with a depth of less than 1,968 feet. Because the populations are so wide spread and are sufficiently mixed, there have been no subspecies found. Because...

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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.