Latest Humpback Whale Stories

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...

2009-04-14 21:06:44

Blue whales, the largest animals ever to have lived on Earth and now one of the rarest, have reappeared off the western coast of Canada. Scientists say that the whales may have come back because krill, the microscopic shrimp they eat, has become less common in California waters, The Vancouver Province reported. Blue whales were hunted in British Columbia as recently as the 1960s. John Calambokidis, a whale researcher in Washington State and co-author of an article on the blue whales for...

2009-04-10 15:34:58

The U.S. Coast Guard said a humpback whale was seen swimming in New York Harbor for several hours Thursday. Coast Guard officers said the first sighting of the whale was reported at about 8 a.m. Thursday near the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and the giant water mammal didn't appear to be injured or distressed, The New York Times reported Friday. It's going out toward the ocean, said Coast Guard spokesman Petty Officer David Schulein. We just established a security safety zone. The Coast Guard...

2009-04-09 08:00:30

U.S. biologists say DNA research shows giant whale sharks, a species threatened by over-fishing, don't always remain in protected waters. University of Illinois-Chicago geneticists led by Associate Professor Jennifer Schmidt studied the DNA of 68 whale sharks from 11 locations across the Indian and Pacific oceans and the Caribbean Sea. Our data show whale sharks found in different oceans are genetically quite similar, which means that animals move and interbreed between populations, said...

2009-03-27 06:00:00

The world's first conference on marine protected areas for marine mammals MAUI, Hawaii, March 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The conservation of the world's most iconic ocean species, whales and dolphins, is to take a step forward next week with the launch of the first conference on protected areas for marine mammals. Over 150 marine experts from 30 countries around the world will gather in Maui, Hawaii, on Monday 30th March to build plans for networks of protected areas, which will...

2009-01-01 13:20:00

A new study of pygmy killer whales shows that those living off Hawaii tend to stay close to the islands and don't swim out to the open ocean, researchers said. One of the least understood marine mammal species, there are very few of the whales (probably less than 200 individuals) in this distinct pygmy killer whale population off the islands. The research published Tuesday in the journal Marine Mammal Science suggests the population's limited number makes it more vulnerable than other whale...

2008-11-28 08:35:00

As most American families sat down to Thanksgiving dinner, a University of British Columbia researcher revealed how one of the largest animals on earth feasts on the smallest of prey "“ and at what cost. Some large marine mammals are known for their extraordinarily long dive times. Elephant seals, for example, can stay underwater for an hour at a time by lowering their heartbeat and storing large amounts of oxygen in their muscles. "Weighing up to 40 tons, humpback whales and their...

2008-09-15 10:00:00

According to BBC News, Greenland is trying to eliminate its whale hunt from the control of the International Whaling Commission (IWC). The state's whalers are angered that the IWC has declined to allow the addition of humpback whales to its annual allowance on two occasions. The move would make Greenland the only state outside the IWC to hunt the humpback whale. The news comes just before a Florida meeting aimed at uniting the divided IWC, a "peace process" which began over a year ago....

2008-08-21 12:56:26

Experts on Wednesday said an abandoned baby humpback whale discovered in a bay north of Sydney had just days to live. The Australian media named the young whale "Collin," after it was apparently abandoned by its mother off the east coast of Australia. On Wednesday, Collin was spotted trying to find milk from a moored yacht, which it had mistaken for its missing mother. Whale rescue experts in the U.S. said confirmed that the whale could not be saved and would have to be put down unless it...

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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