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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...

Bones Reveal Prehistoric Ocean Predator
2013-02-01 05:05:54

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online It's always exciting to see scientific topics running rampant in the viral circles of the Internet, and the latest hit on the Web concerns the new discovery of a prehistoric ocean predator. Scientists found a partial skeleton, including a jawbone and teeth, that belongs to an ancient group of ocean-dwelling beasts called Tyrannoneustes lythrodectikos that was almost a cross between a dolphin and a crocodile. The remains of the...

Killer Whales Trapped In Polar Ice Finally Make Their Escape
2013-01-10 11:35:59

[Watch Video: Killer Whales Trapped In Sea Ice In Northern Canada] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A pod of killer whales that was trapped by ice in northern Canada appears to have made their escape, according to a report from CBC News. After spotting the trapped whales in the freezing waters of Hudson Bay on Wednesday, concerned residents called for the government's help to free the whales. Federal officials announced they were planning to send a team of...

2012-12-29 05:03:49

Humpback Whales Return to Maui! Book Luxury Winter Stay Now to Experience Whale Season Up Close and Personal. Maui, HI (PRWEB) December 28, 2012 What is it about the sight of majestic 40-ton humpback whales and their calves frolicking in the warm, deep blue Pacific Ocean waters off Maui´s Wailea Beach that so intrigue and captivate Four Seasons Resort Maui guests every winter? Maybe it´s the abundance of sea life that thousands of these endangered mammals find below the surface...


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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