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2014-03-05 16:22:35

Despicable Me and iCarly actress urges government to protect dolphins from seismic testing WASHINGTON, March 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Oceana released its latest public service announcement (PSA) starring actress, singer and ocean lover, Miranda Cosgrove of iCarly and Despicable Me. Oceana and Cosgrove traveled to South Bimini in the Bahamas to film a PSA that highlights the need to protect dolphins and other marine life from the threat of seismic airgun blasts in the Atlantic...

Ships On A Collision Course With Whales In The Bering Strait
2014-02-28 10:42:59

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Diminishing sea ice in Arctic waters has opened up new lanes of aquatic traffic and new research from the University of Washington has found that when it comes to the Bering Strait – whales and commercial ships are on a collision course. The new research, presented at the Ocean Sciences meeting in Honolulu on Wednesday, is based on three years of underwater recordings in the Bering Strait. UW research Kate Stafford found Arctic...

2014-02-25 12:20:41

WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Five years after it was first imposed by the Bush-Cheney administration, one of the most effective rules protecting endangered North Atlantic right whales migrating along the East Coast of the United States from fatal ship strikes may now be in jeopardy. The Obama Administration has begun consideration of petition to exclude waters - from New York City to Jacksonville, Florida - from the Ship Strike Rule requiring large vessels to...

British Antarctic Survey Team Counts Whales Using Satellites
2014-02-13 10:10:18

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new report from the British Antarctic Survey has revealed that satellites can be used to accurately estimate whale populations. The report authors said the technique they developed could revolutionize the way whales are counted. "This is a proof of concept study that proves whales can be identified and counted by satellite,” said study author Peter Fretwell, a researcher with the British Antarctic Survey. “Whale populations...

Human Activities In Southeast Atlantic Affect Humpback Whale Routes
2014-02-06 07:12:13

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Swimming off the coast of Africa, humpback whales encounter more than warm waters for mating and bearing young, according to a new study led by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). They also encounter offshore oil rigs, major shipping routes and potentially harmful toxicants. The researchers used satellite tags affixed to more than a dozen whales to quantify the amount of overlap between hydrocarbon exploration and extraction,...

Last Glacial Age Decimated Global Killer Whale Population
2014-02-05 09:53:07

[ Watch the Video: Ice Age Decimated Killer Whales ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study from an international team of researchers has found that killer whale populations around the world were decimated by the last Ice Age that occurred around 40,000 years ago. The study, which was published in the journal Molecular Biology and Evolution, is based on a genetic analysis of archival DNA that showed significant genetic diversity bottlenecks in orca...

Lawsuit Lands US Navy's Potentially Harmful Sonar Training Exercises
2014-01-28 10:58:03

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In December, the National Marine Fisheries Service authorized Navy sonar training exercises off the coasts of Hawaii and California through 2018. This authorization came despite admittance by the Navy that the work will kill up to 155 marine mammals, cause more than 2,000 lasting injuries and generate approximately 9.6 million instances of temporary hearing loss – as well as disruptions of natural activities. On Monday, groups led by...

Dolphins Use Super Strength To Propel Themselves Through Water
2014-01-16 10:56:53

Gerard LeBlond for redorbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study reveals that dolphins produce roughly ten times the strength than the fittest human athlete, according to Discovery News. The new findings explain why dolphins are able to swim alongside boats. Originally, scientists believed that the dolphins used fluid-flow to propel themselves through the water. In reality, the aquatic creature is just super strong. Study lead author Frank Fish, a professor of biology at the Liquid...

Sea Shephard Releases Gruesome Whaling Footage
2014-01-06 11:27:56

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Activists from the Sea Shepherd fleet of anti-whaling vessels revealed video evidence on Monday of the slaughter of four whales by a Japanese fleet. Video and photos released by the conservation group showed what appeared to be three minke whales dead on the deck of the Japanese ship Nisshin Maru. The group said a fourth whale, most likely another minke, was seen being slaughtered from the Sea Shepherd's helicopter as it flew over the...

Australia Draws Fire For Sending Plane, Not Ship, To Confront Whalers
2013-12-23 07:12:47

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As the controversial Japanese whaling season quickly approaches and as the conservationist group Sea Shepherd launches its fleet of vessels to confront whalers head on, Australia announced it would send a plane as well to monitor the situation in the Southern Ocean. However, the country’s Environment Minister, Greg Hunt, is drawing fire from a campaign group for opting to send a plane rather than a ship. The Greens, an...


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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