Latest Humpback Whale Stories

2009-12-10 10:30:30

Researchers' theory: An increase in population size may mean sounds used in mate competition need not travel as far as before; acoustic information extracted from songs could be useful population monitoring tool The sound level of songs blue whales sing across the vast expanses of the ocean to attract potential mates has been steadily creeping downward for the past few decades, and a scientist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego and his colleagues believe the trend may be...

2009-10-14 09:00:00

DNA from more than 1,500 whales examined After 15 years of research in the waters of the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans, scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society, the American Museum of Natural History, and an international coalition of organizations have unveiled the largest genetic study of humpback whale populations ever conducted in the Southern Hemisphere. By analyzing DNA samples from more than 1,500 whales, researchers can now peer into the population dynamics and...

2009-09-29 17:31:04

Authorities in Virginia said locals are flocking to see an unlikely and smelly attraction -- the rotting corpse of a 25-foot humpback whale. The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center's Stranding Response Program said the carcass, which was first noticed bobbing Saturday in the Chesapeake Bay and beached Monday in the York River near Gloucester Point, is radiating a powerful rotting stench that can be detected for blocks inland, the Newport News (Va.) Daily Press reported Tuesday....

2009-07-24 09:05:00

Australian scientists have captured a humpback whale on film helping a newborn calf take what looks like is its first breath, which is a rare event often described as the "Holy Grail" for whale-watchers. Marine scientists from Western Australia's Centre for Whale Research said that they watched the event in astonishment as the mother swam below the distressed baby and lifted it above the water, clearing its blowhole to take in air. "We feel awed and privileged to have finally seen this...

2009-06-26 12:55:00

A U.S. fisheries expert and outgoing chair of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) proposed that ending the commercial hunting ban on whales could actually benefit whale conservation efforts, BBC News reported. This year's IWC meeting saw pro- and anti-whaling nations agree to further compromise talks and deferred a decision on a controversial bid from Greenland to add humpback whales to its annual hunt. The Greenland Inuit are granted hunting quotas because they are one of the...

2009-06-24 06:25:00

Environmentalists are infuriated by a Danish request for consent to continue hunting humpback whales of the coast of Greenland, the AFP accounted. Ole Samsing, Danish commissioner at the annual International Whaling Commission (IWC) conference being held on the Portuguese island of Madeira, immediately demanded a "quick solution" in light of the request. "We want to put forward a proposal for a quota of 10 humpback whales per year for the 2010-2012 period" in Greenland, a semi-autonomous...

2009-06-17 06:35:00

Environmentalists made their opinions known at a key meeting on Tuesday involving plans to resume the hunting of humpback whales, which went under a moratorium protection over 40 years ago.The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS) said Greenland intends to ask a summit on Monday to grant it permission to hunt 50 humpbacks over five years."Denmark is lobbying intensely, with the support of Sweden, to build a European consensus in favor of Greenland's proposal," WDCS spokesman Nicolas...

2009-06-16 12:15:50

Members of a Rhode Island beach association hope a dead humpback whale will wash up in time to be decently buried before the beach opens for the summer. The whale has been drifting towards Briggs Beach in Little Compton for more than a week, the Providence Journal reported. Witnesses say the whale is 20 to 30 feet long and weighs between 2 and 3 tons. A team from the Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration is standing by, prepared to examine and measure the whale once it gets to the...

2009-05-18 11:05:00

Endangered blue whales are making a comeback in Alaskan waters after nearly being wiped out by commercial hunters decades ago.Before they were nearly killed off, blue whales frequently traveled between Mexico and Alaska in search of food during the summer. But since the massive hunting season of 1931, during which more than 29,000 of the species were killed, researchers have found blue whale sightings to be sparse, until recently.It wasn't until 2004, when researchers were conducting a survey...

2009-05-12 07:30:00

The planet's largest animal may be returning to pre-whaling feeding grounds Scientists have documented the first known migration of blue whales from the coast of California to areas off British Columbia and the Gulf of Alaska since the end of commercial whaling in 1965. In the scientific journal Marine Mammal Science, researchers from Cascadia Research Collective in Washington state, NOAA's Southwest Fisheries Science Center in California, and Canada's Department of Fisheries and Oceans...

Latest Humpback Whale Reference Libraries

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...

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...

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...

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...

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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