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You might think that the noisiest parts of Earth’s oceans are the shipping lanes near busy American or European ports, but you’d be wrong. Thanks to rapidly melting, shearing and calving ice sheets, the waters near Alaska and Antarctica are actually the noisiest waters known to man, according to a new study in Geophysical Research Letters.
When research biologist Brittany Hancock-Hanser came upon the scene of a killer whale attack, the only thing she found left of the victim was a heart, some lungs and a bunch of oil. It was a classic case of "Who Bit the Dust?"
After thousands of orca sitings off the coasts of Spain, Portugal and Morocco, scientists have finally identified where the whales are hunting for red tuna.
In recent weeks, humpback whales have been spotted in Tulemar Resort's bay area in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica, during their annual migration period. Manuel
SAN DIEGO, Aug. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc.
-- Killing Keiko, available August 14, recounts heartbreaking abuse and death of whale who inspired the world -- ORLANDO, Fla., Aug.
In this week's Caught On, the popular website explores how video can help solve mysteries: three separate surveillance videos help police close in on unexplained car thefts, and amateur video
Whales have often been viewed at the lonely nomads of the seas, but a new report has found that whales are actually great engineers of marine ecosystems.
SAINT JOHN, NB, June 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - The North Atlantic right whale was once hunted almost to extinction, but seventeen years ago Irving Oil began working with the New England Aquarium
Killer whales and other marine mammals likely hear sonar signals more than we've known.
Cetology is a branch of marine mammal science that studies about eighty species of dolphins, whales, and porpoise, all of which are classified within the Cetacea order. Cetologists, who practice cetology, work to understand the distribution, development, behavior, and other aspects of cetaceans. The study of cetaceans began in the Classical era. About 2,300 years ago, Aristotle documented details about some cetacean species, calling them mammals, while traveling on the Aegean Sea with...
Dall’s porpoise (Phocoenoides dalliz) can only be found in the North Pacific, with a range that includes the Sea of Japan and the Okhotsk and Bering Seas. This range extends to southern California in the east and to the southern waters of Japan in the west. When normal weather patterns change and waters become colder, this species can be found in in Baja, California, specifically in Scammon's Lagoon, and strays can occasionally be found in the Chukchi Sea. It prefers to reside in cold...
Image Caption: Fossil of Feresa Attenuata, Shimonoseki Marine Science Museum KAIKYOUKAN, Japan. Credit: OpenCage/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 2.5) The pygmy killer whale is widely distributed in tropical and sub-tropical waters worldwide. Regular sightings of this species occur off the coast of Hawaii and Japan, and also in the Indian Ocean near Sri Lanka and Lesser Antilles. In the Atlantic the pygmy killer whale has been seen off the coast of South Carolina and Senegal. This species swims in...
The Ross seal (Ommatophoca rossii) is a true seal in the Phocidae family, and can only be found on pack ice in Antarctica. This species was formally described by James Clark Ross in 1841, during his British Antarctic Expedition. It is very uncommon to see in its range and rarely leaves the pack ice, with stray individuals occurring off southeast Australia or sub-Antarctic islands. The Ross seal can reach an average length between 5.5 and 6.9 feet, although some females can reach up to 8.2...
The crabeater seal (Lobodon carcinophagus) is a true seal that can be found around the whole of Antarctica. Its range also includes small areas in South America, New Zealand, Africa, and Australia. It resides on the pack ice zone for the entire year, even as it shifts seasonally, and prefers to stay in the continental shelf area in water with a depth of less than 1,968 feet. Because the populations are so wide spread and are sufficiently mixed, there have been no subspecies found. Because...
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