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2014-04-17 16:25:14

SAN DIEGO, April 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A team of scientists from Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute (HSWRI) and SeaWorld San Diego has provided the strongest evidence yet that killer whale dialects are learned. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20140416/75801 Scheduled to be published this week in the Journal of Experimental Biology, the study found that juvenile male killer whales are capable of learning new call types when they undergo a change in social association....

Tracking Ecology Of sperm Whales Through Stomach Contents
2014-04-07 07:48:42

University of Massachusetts at Amherst In the largest regional study of its type to date, marine ecologists offer better understanding of the feeding ecologies of 2 very rare sperm whale species in waters off the southeast US coast, adding baseline data they say are important as climate change, fishing and pollution alters the animals' environment and food sources. “Understanding what resources support populations of these incredibly rare animals is important to conservation,”...

Skin Bacterial Communities Similar Across Humpback Whale Populations
2014-03-27 08:48:25

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The omnipresence of bacteria in the environment as well as on our own skin makes research on how they affect human health an important topic in the scientific and medical community. But little is known about the identity or function of skin bacteria that is found on other mammals. Researchers, led by microbiologist Amy Apprill from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, have conducted a widespread study on the bacterial...

PETA, Politician Call For End To SeaWorld Orca Shows
2014-03-10 07:23:36

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A proposed ban on the use of orcas for entertainment purposes in the state of California has put the bill’s author and the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) at odds with SeaWorld and the mayor of San Diego, home to the popular aquatic theme park, according to various media reports published over the weekend. According to Los Angeles Times reporter Tony Perry, Democratic Assemblyman Richard Hershel Bloom...

Ships On A Collision Course With Whales In The Bering Strait
2014-02-28 10:42:59

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Diminishing sea ice in Arctic waters has opened up new lanes of aquatic traffic and new research from the University of Washington has found that when it comes to the Bering Strait – whales and commercial ships are on a collision course. The new research, presented at the Ocean Sciences meeting in Honolulu on Wednesday, is based on three years of underwater recordings in the Bering Strait. UW research Kate Stafford found Arctic...

British Antarctic Survey Team Counts Whales Using Satellites
2014-02-13 10:10:18

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new report from the British Antarctic Survey has revealed that satellites can be used to accurately estimate whale populations. The report authors said the technique they developed could revolutionize the way whales are counted. "This is a proof of concept study that proves whales can be identified and counted by satellite,” said study author Peter Fretwell, a researcher with the British Antarctic Survey. “Whale populations...

Human Activities In Southeast Atlantic Affect Humpback Whale Routes
2014-02-06 07:12:13

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Swimming off the coast of Africa, humpback whales encounter more than warm waters for mating and bearing young, according to a new study led by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). They also encounter offshore oil rigs, major shipping routes and potentially harmful toxicants. The researchers used satellite tags affixed to more than a dozen whales to quantify the amount of overlap between hydrocarbon exploration and extraction,...

Last Glacial Age Decimated Global Killer Whale Population
2014-02-05 09:53:07

[ Watch the Video: Ice Age Decimated Killer Whales ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study from an international team of researchers has found that killer whale populations around the world were decimated by the last Ice Age that occurred around 40,000 years ago. The study, which was published in the journal Molecular Biology and Evolution, is based on a genetic analysis of archival DNA that showed significant genetic diversity bottlenecks in orca...

2014-01-23 23:00:51

Kyle Kittleson Launches Article and Video Claiming to Tell the Real Story About Operations and Animal Treatment at SeaWorld Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) January 23, 2014 Former SeaWorld senior killer whale trainer, Kyle Kittleson, has published a video and article in response to the controversial documentary, “Blackfish.” Kittleson offers personal insight and experience as a trainer at SeaWorld, having worked with many of the orcas directly profiled in the film. Kittleson has five years...

2013-12-10 12:22:32

-- Study with Killer Whale to Help Conserve Animals in the Wild -- ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- New research conducted at SeaWorld® aims to help scientists answer a long-standing question: What is the resting metabolic rate of a killer whale? The answer to this seemingly basic question may upset conventionally held beliefs about the impact of killer whales, an apex predator, on their environment, and help biologists make more informed management decisions for...


Latest Killer Whale Reference Libraries

Cetology
2013-10-02 11:21:29

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
2013-08-29 10:15:35

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...

Pygmy Killer Whale, Feresa Attenuata
2013-01-30 15:25:51

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...

Ross Seal, Ommatophoca rossii
2013-01-01 15:44:30

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...

Crabeater Seal, Lobodon carcinophagus
2012-06-26 14:40:11

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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