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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...

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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...

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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....

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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...

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2008-08-12 13:55:00

Although once under threat of extinction, many big whales are on the "road to recovery" thanks to bans set in place in the 1980s, an environmental group said Tuesday. In its review of cetaceans, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) reported a "guardedly optimistic" picture for many large whales, according to Randall Reeves, chair of the cetacean specialist group of the IUCN. "Humpbacks and southern right whales are making a comeback in much of their range mainly because...

2008-06-24 02:25:00

By Richard Gaines, Gloucester Daily Times, Mass. Jun. 23--First of 3 parts Fifteen years after Congress and the first President Bush established an ocean sanctuary just over the horizon from Gloucester, a struggle over Stellwagen Bank has begun. It pits the agency charged with protecting the sanctuary against many of the interests from which it is being protected -- notably commercial fishermen. It also raises difficult questions about the meaning of the word "sanctuary" when applied to...

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2008-06-20 08:32:55

According to a recent report, endangered migratory whales will have reduced feeding areas due to the shrinkage of Antarctic sea ice from global warming. The Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) said this could threaten the species. The report, "Ice Breaker "“ Pushing the boundaries for Whales" says whales will soon have to travel up to 310 miles further south in search of food because the ice will retreat up to 30 percent in some areas. The study also says the whales' food supply will be...

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2008-05-22 10:10:00

Some humpback populations still slow to recoverThe number of humpback whales in the North Pacific Ocean has increased since international and federal protections were enacted in the 1960s and 70s, according to a new study funded primarily by NOAA and conducted by more than 400 whale researchers throughout the Pacific region.However, some isolated populations of humpbacks, especially those in the Western Pacific Ocean, have not recovered at the same rate and still suffer low numbers.The new...

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2008-04-28 14:40:00

Endangered North Atlantic right whales are safer along Massachusetts Bay's busy shipping lanes this spring, thanks to a new system of smart buoys. The buoys recognize whales' distinctive calls and route the information to a public Web site and a marine warning system, giving ships the chance to avoid deadly collisions.The 10-buoy Right Whale Listening Network - developed at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution - is arriving barely in time for the beleaguered...

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2008-04-01 15:35:00

3-D Blueprint Could Serve as National and International ModelLike sentinels at their posts, an array of buoys equipped with underwater microphones and other sensors will be on duty in the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary off the coast of Massachusetts for the next 30 months, recording sounds from whales, fish, ships and other sources around the clock.  NOAA marine mammal scientists will analyze the biological sounds to help develop a global monitoring network for ocean noise, an...


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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