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Risk To Endangered Whales From Ship Traffic Off Southern California Analyzed In New Study
2013-03-26 13:12:04

Southwest Fisheries Science Center: NOAA Researchers have identified areas off southern California with high numbers of whales and assessed their risk from potentially deadly collisions with commercial ship traffic in a study released today in the scientific journal Conservation Biology. Scientists from NOAA Fisheries, the Marine Mammal Commission and Cascadia Research Collective analyzed data collected over seven years by NOAA on marine mammal and ecosystem research surveys in the...

Millions Of Prawns Wash Up On Beach
2013-03-22 21:17:50

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A beach in southern Chile is being overwhelmed by millions of stranded prawns that have taken up two miles worth of the coastline. According to a report by AFP, millions of the small prawns are covering a beach 300 miles south of Santiago, creating giant "red spots" on the sand. Fisherman said at first the red spots appeared just off the shore, but by Tuesday of this week the prawns had moved to land, and "millions" were...

Minke Whale Skeleton Found At Bottom Of Antarctic Ocean
2013-03-18 19:22:56

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Marine biologists reported in the journal Deep-Sea Research II: Topical Studies in Oceanography they have discovered a whale skeleton sitting on the ocean floor near Antarctica for the first time. Researchers said they made the discovery nearly a mile below the surface of the ocean in an undersea crater, offering some new insights into life in the sea depths. Until now, whale carcasses have never been studied in the Antarctic...

Bizarre Whale Strandings Not Due To Family Ties
2013-03-15 09:10:25

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Since the time of Aristotle, biologists have struggled to understand the reasons for mass strandings of whales and dolphins on beaches. Contrary to previous assumptions that whales follow each other onto the beach — and almost certain death — on account of familial ties, a new study from Oregon State University and the University of Auckland reveals that many unrelated individuals are present at each event. The findings...

Baleen Whale Teeth Entangle Tiny Prey
2013-03-14 16:15:40

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Whether they hunt for food by opening their mouths while diving deep into the ocean or skimming along its surface, many whale species rely on their baleen teeth to filter tasty morsels from the mouthfuls of seawater they take in. According to Alexander Werth, a biology professor from Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, no one has ever looked into the mechanism behind how the hairy substance actually traps food. “The standard...

Leader-follower Dolphin Pairs More Likely To Be Related Than Unrelated
2013-03-14 10:37:23

Public Library of Science Traveling into uncharted territory in search of food can be a dangerous undertaking, but some bottlenose dolphins may benefit by moving through their habitat with relatives who may be more experienced or knowledgeable. It turns out that leaders in bottlenose dolphin groups in the Florida Keys are more likely to be related to the dolphins that follow them, according to research published March 13 by Jennifer Lewis and colleagues from Florida International...

Expert Believes Ukrainian Killer Dolphins Escaped To Hunt For Mates
2013-03-13 11:50:45

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to Ukrainian media reports, several military-trained dolphins have abandoned their naval unit to apparently “make love not war.” Three of the unit´s five dolphins — which have supposedly been trained to use specially designed knives and pistols to attack enemy scuba divers — swam off over two weeks ago after a training exercise, most likely in pursuit of potential mates, according to those...

2013-03-11 23:02:02

San Diego Infographic Whale Watching and Migration by Marriott (PRWEB) March 11, 2013 The warm waters of the Pacific Ocean along southern California´s coastline are a popular shared destination as vacationers from around the world make their way to enjoy fun in the sun and gray whales from the Arctic Sea migrate there annually to give birth to their young. Beautifully described and illustrated in an exciting new infographic on the tumblr blog by Marriott International, gray whales...

Dolphins Give Each Other Names Through Mimicry
2013-03-08 13:58:52

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Dolphins are one of the more majestic creatures in the animal kingdom. Their grace under water and their humanesque behaviors have led many to believe that these underwater animals can even have healing and soothing effects on the ill. And continued research is finding even more new and interesting things about these intelligent mammals. With a complex series of clicks and whistles, dolphins are able to communicate with one...


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
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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