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BOSTON, May 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation recently unveiled a set of paintings commemorating the historic 38(th) voyage of the whaleship Charles
In a new genetic study of humpback whales in the oceans of the North Pacific, North Atlantic and Southern Hemisphere researchers found that they are much more distinct from each other than previously thought.
Researchers have discovered the origins of a bizarre duck-like sound heard in winter and spring in the ocean around Antarctica and off Australia’s west coast.
The omnipresence of bacteria in the environment as well as on our own skin makes research on how they affect human health an important topic in the scientific and medical community. But little is known about the identity or function skin bacteria that is found on other mammals.
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.
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).
A new genetic study shows there are five distinct humpback whale populations in the North Pacific Ocean.
Humpback whales have exhibited a complex set of feeding techniques, including "trapping" krill and other prey within bubble nets produced by the whales and gulping up to two-thirds their weight in prey-laden water.
Scientists have discovered a previously unknown species of humpback dolphin swimming off the coast of northern Australia.
Using “crittercams” and tagging technology, scientists have confirmed unique humpback whale feeding techniques performed along the ocean floor.
The Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) is a mammal, which belongs to the baleen whale suborder. It is a large whale: an adult usually ranges between 40"“50 ft (12"“16 m) long and weighs approximately 79,000 pounds (36,000 kilograms, or 36 tons. It is well known for its breaching (leaping out of the water) and its unusually long front fins. The Humpback Whale lives in oceans and seas around the world, and is regularly sought out by whale-watchers. Feeding The Humpback Whale...
Right whales are baleen whales belonging to the family Balaenidae. There are four species in two genera: Eubalaena (three species) and Balaena (one species, the Bowhead Whale, also called the Greenland Right Whale). Right whales can grow to 60 ft long and weigh up to 100 metric tons. Their bodies are mostly black, with distinctive white Calluses (skin abrasions) on their heads. They are called "right whales" because whalers thought the whales were the "right" ones to catch. The Right Whale...
The Minke Whale or Lesser Rorqual is a marine mammal belonging to the suborder of baleen whales. The Minke Whale was first identified by Lacepede in 1804. Taxonomy Most modern classifications split the Minke Whale into two species; the Common or Northern Minke Whale and the Antarctic or Southern Minke Whale. Taxonomists further categorize the Common Minke Whale into two or three subspecies; the North Atlantic Minke Whale, the North Pacific Minke Whale and Dwarf Minke Whale. All Minke...
The Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus) is a marine mammal that is in the suborder of baleen whales. At up to 30 meters (100 feet) in length and 140 tons or more in weight, it is believed to be the largest animal ever to have lived on Earth. Blue Whales were abundant in most oceans around the world until the beginning of the twentieth century. For the first 40 years of the twentieth century they were hunted by whalers almost to extinction. Hunting of the blue whale was outlawed by the...
The Fin Whale (Balaenoptera physalus), also called the Finback Whale and belongs to the baleen whales suborder. It is the second largest whale and also the second largest animal currently living. The Fin whale can grow to 85 ft (26 m) long. The fin Whale can be found worldwide and in Europe is readily seen in the Bay of Biscay. Taxonomy The Fin Whale is a close relative of the Blue Whale. The differences began to occur between 3 and 5 million years ago. Hybrids between the two...
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