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Humpback Whale Song Patterns Tracked Using Passive Acoustic Tracking
2013-04-30 07:17:28

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Humpback whales are known for their songs that can be heard from miles away and new research from a team of American biologists has detailed the whales singing habits as they roam the feeding grounds of the northwest Atlantic. The study´s findings, which were published in the open access journal PLOS ONE, emphasize the usefulness of passive acoustics listening techniques in monitoring animal activity. “We have monitored...

Male Monkeys Conform Behavior To Local Customs
2013-04-26 11:42:01

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Human beings are sophisticated creatures equipped with opposable thumbs and higher brain functions than any of our fellow creatures. Yet as Mike Snow sings, “I´m still an animal,” and many human behaviors and tendencies have been observed in the animal kingdom as well. For instance, our herd-like mentality to follow the crowd and do what those around us are doing has been observed in wild vervet monkeys living in...

Humpback Whales Learn Hunting Techniques From Each Other
2013-04-26 08:03:57

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New research, led by the University of St. Andrews, has found humpback whales are able to pass on hunting techniques to each other, just as humans do. A new feeding technique has spread to 40 percent of a humpback whale population, the team discovered. Their findings have been published in a recent issue of Science. After herring stocks — their preferred food — crashed in the 1980s, a community of humpback whales off...

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...

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...

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...

Pre-Whaling Humpback Population Estimates Could Help Recovery Measures
2013-02-14 14:21:20

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online For over 50 years, conservationists have been championing the protection of humpback whales–and as the population begins to recover from decades of whaling, scientists are starting to ask about the size of the whale population before they were hunted en masse. Using a refined genetic analysis, a group of American scientists has estimated the humpback´s historical population size at more than 100,000 whales, according to...

2012-12-29 05:03:49

Humpback Whales Return to Maui! Book Luxury Winter Stay Now to Experience Whale Season Up Close and Personal. Maui, HI (PRWEB) December 28, 2012 What is it about the sight of majestic 40-ton humpback whales and their calves frolicking in the warm, deep blue Pacific Ocean waters off Maui´s Wailea Beach that so intrigue and captivate Four Seasons Resort Maui guests every winter? Maybe it´s the abundance of sea life that thousands of these endangered mammals find below the surface...

Whale Songs Are For Hunting Too, Not Just Mating
2012-12-20 13:20:28

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Humpback whales have always been known to sing to their potential mates, but new research shows that the marine mammals don´t need to be “in the mood” to belt out their favorite tunes. According to a report in the open-access journal PLOS ONE, the whales also sing while on the hunt for food, making certain whale songs are the most ominous sounds krill will ever hear. In addition to finding different...

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...


Latest Humpback Whale Reference Libraries

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2006-07-17 18:08:49

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...

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2006-07-12 15:22:14

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...

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2006-07-12 15:07:29

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...

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2006-07-12 14:03:34

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...

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2006-07-12 13:11:55

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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