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Killer Whales Use Stealth Approach When Hunting Prey
2013-12-04 04:57:23

[ Watch the Video: Stealthy Tactics Used By Orca To Catch Their Prey ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Newly discovered evidence that killer whales can hunt marine mammals during the nighttime has led scientists to suggest that the creatures can use their hearing to help locate prey, according to research presented at the 166th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA). For example, the study authors said that the whales eavesdrop on male harbor...

2013-09-16 23:23:57

Humpback Whales Sing for Guests; Sights and Sounds Soothe the Soul Maui, HI (PRWEB) September 16, 2013 Specialized massage therapists treat guests in the warm water in front of Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea. This is the resort spa’s signature Wai-Vari water treatment therapy, an amazingly therapeutic treatment. A unique weightless experience designed specifically for relieving physical discomfort and mental stress. Add to this the fact that in whale season, the participants...

Understanding The Breeding Structure Of Killer Whales
2013-07-13 06:52:08

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Orcas, or killer whales, are found in every ocean in the world making them a global force to be reckoned with. They have remarkable social bonds and sophisticated hunting techniques that make them the top predators in the oceans. For a long time, scientists assumed these clever, highly mobile whales bred with each other freely in the seemingly homogeneous ocean. Dedicated researchers have furthered our understanding of the oceans...

High-Pitched Echolocation Helps Harbor Porpoises Avoid Killer Whales
2013-06-12 14:17:20

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Researchers from the University of Southern Denmark (SDU) have determined why harbour porpoises are doing so well in coastal and busy waters. The team wrote in the journal Frontiers in Physiology that these animals are able to thrive through the Northern Hemisphere due to their sophisticated echolocation abilities. Coastal waters like the ones harbor porpoises live in can be challenging for whales due to the risk of beaching and...

2013-06-04 12:22:58

OTTAWA, June 4, 2013 /CNW/ - Starting on Oceans Day on June 8 and encompassing Canadian Rivers Day on June 9, Rivers to Oceans Week raises awareness about the importance of Canada's waters and reminds us that safeguarding the quality of all water flowing across our land is crucial to the health of our oceans. "This country and water go hand in hand. We are the stewards of one-fifth of the world's fresh water and can proudly claim about two million lakes and 200,000 kilometres of...

World's First: Researchers Discover Northern Pacific Gray Whale In Southern Hemisphere
2013-05-17 07:25:36

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Scientists from the Namibian Dolphin Project working off the coast of Namibia in southwest Africa have spotted a North Pacific gray whale there, marking the first time the giant mammal has ever been observed south of the equator. In 2010, a North Pacific gray whale was confirmed to have wandered into the Mediterranean Sea, but scientists speculated it had arrived via the increasingly ice-free Northwest Passage. The significance...

Humpback Whales Learn Hunting Techniques From Each Other
2013-04-26 08:03:57

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New research, led by the University of St. Andrews, has found humpback whales are able to pass on hunting techniques to each other, just as humans do. A new feeding technique has spread to 40 percent of a humpback whale population, the team discovered. Their findings have been published in a recent issue of Science. After herring stocks — their preferred food — crashed in the 1980s, a community of humpback whales off...

Bizarre Whale Strandings Not Due To Family Ties
2013-03-15 09:10:25

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Since the time of Aristotle, biologists have struggled to understand the reasons for mass strandings of whales and dolphins on beaches. Contrary to previous assumptions that whales follow each other onto the beach — and almost certain death — on account of familial ties, a new study from Oregon State University and the University of Auckland reveals that many unrelated individuals are present at each event. The findings...

The Origins Of Whale Teeth
2013-02-20 10:30:22

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Although whales are mammals, they do not resemble any of the mammals surrounding us on land and have a unique evolutionary history. Whales have a triangular fluke for a tail, and they have no (visible) hind legs or body hair. One of the strangest differences between whales and their terrestrial cousins, however, is in the whale's mouth. Whale teeth are simpler and more "peg like" than those of other mammals. A new study...

New Species Of Whale Discovered In California Fossil Bed
2013-02-19 09:27:37

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Fossil discoveries are nothing new. And finding new species is just as common. But when you find a fossil of an animal new to science, things start to get more interesting–especially when that discovery includes not one, but four new species from the same genus. This is exactly what occurred in the Laguna Canyon outcrop, a fossil bed unearthed during a highway construction project in California in 2000. The site, which was...


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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