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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...

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2008-03-18 15:05:00

Researchers at the nonprofit Cetos Research Organization have shown for the first ever that humpback whale calves make sounds.  The organization studied the whales off the coasts of Maui and Kauai, and said the squealing noises made by the young whales are messages to their mothers. However, the sounds are not as complex as the continuous, repetitive and highly structured sounds made by the older male whales.Ann Zoidis, the project's research director, said the sounds made by the whale...

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2008-03-03 16:45:00

Like many northerners who head south to warmer climates for the winter, many Northern right whales also head south in November and stay into April. Their destination is the only known calving ground for this rare and endangered population"”the waters off Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. When they arrive, NOAA scientists are there to greet them, and to take DNA samples.Although they are large animals, finding them in the ocean is not easy. "Like people, they don't all congregate in...

2007-12-06 10:59:13

Humpback whales may sing not to court mates but to help explore the seas around them. When a male humpback moves someplace new, he changes his song to match those coming from other nearby whales. "The traditional explanation for why whales do this is that male whales are singing to seduce female whales, and that females get really turned on by songs that are currently in style," said cognitive neuroscientist Eduardo Mercado III of the State University of New York in Buffalo. "A song...

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2007-11-07 12:15:00

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Endangered humpback and fin whales swam hundreds of miles north of their usual habitat this summer in what environmentalists say is another sign of the effects of global warming and the shifting Arctic ecosystem. Humpbacks were spotted over the summer in the Beaufort Sea east of Barrow, the northernmost community in the United States, and last year in the Chukchi Sea, west of the Beaufort and north of the Bering Strait, said Robin Cacy, a spokeswoman for the federal...


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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