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2011-06-28 07:15:00

YORK, England, June 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of its commitment to preserving the environment, including the planet's wildlife, Intelsius, a global manufacturer and distributor of environmentally safe, temperature-controlled and regulatory-compliant packaging solutions, will donate proceeds from every Intelsius ORCATHERM(TM) and ORCATHERM LITE unit sold to ORCA, a leading whale and dolphin conservation charity. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20101012/DE80101LOGO ) "We...

2011-04-22 09:00:00

ORLANDO, Fla., April 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- This Earth Day SeaWorld Orlando celebrates the world we share with the debut of the all-new killer whale show, "One Ocean." The presentation of these extraordinary animals connects guests to the sea with a new level of energy and excitement, all while educating and inspiring guests to make a difference in this world. To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click: http://multivu.prnewswire.com/mnr/seaworld/49803/...

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2011-03-31 08:25:00

NOAA's Fisheries Service scientists studying the cooperative hunting behavior of killer whales in Antarctic waters observed the animals favoring one type of seal over all other available food sources, according to a study published in the journal Marine Mammal Science. Researchers Robert Pitman and John Durban from NOAA's Southwest Fisheries Science Center in La Jolla, Calif., observed killer whales hunting in ice floes, off the western Antarctic Peninsula during January of 2009. While...

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2010-08-21 09:03:36

Nearly 60 pilot whales have died after becoming stranded on a beach in northern New Zealand, conservation authorities reported Friday.There were 73 total whales discovered on the beach mid-morning and the Department of Conservation's Carolyn Smith said the whales most likely beached overnight, which is why so many died before rescue operations were launched.Of the 73 pilot whales, 15 have survived, but are reported to be in "poor condition." Volunteers are making another attempt to rescue the...

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2010-07-07 08:30:00

Just like people in a bar or other noisy location, North American right whales increase the volume of their calls as environmental noise increases; and just like humans, at a certain point, it may become too costly to continue to shout, according to marine and acoustic scientists. "The impacts of increases in ocean noise from human activities are a concern for the conservation of marine animals like right whales," said Susan Parks, assistant professor of acoustics and research associate,...

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2010-07-01 10:01:57

The evolutionary mystery of menopause is a step closer to being solved thanks to research on killer whales. A study by the Universities of Exeter and Cambridge has found a link between killer whales, pilot whales and humans "” the only three known species where females stop breeding relatively early in their lifespan. Despite very different social structures between the three species, the research shows that in each case females become increasingly genetically related to those...

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2010-06-07 13:35:00

A new finding raises the possibility that commercial whaling may have taken a role breaking apart social groups of whales. Dr. Christian Ramp and colleagues of the Mingan Island Cetacean Study group based in St. Lambert, Canada have been studying whales since 1997 in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The scientists are recording the movements of baleen whales including blue, fin, minke and humpback whales, adding to a set of data that stretch back 30 years. The team found that individual female...

2010-05-28 18:02:36

Whales are remarkably diverse, with 84 living species of dramatically different sizes and more than 400 other species that have gone extinct, including some that lived partly on land. Why are there so many whale species, with so much diversity in body size? To answer that, UCLA evolutionary biologists and a colleague used molecular and computational techniques to look back 35 million years, when the ancestor of all living whales appeared, to analyze the evolutionary tempo of modern whale...

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2010-04-23 11:10:00

Experts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have discovered genetic evidence that there are multiple species of killer whales. Lead researcher Phillip Morin and his colleagues at the NOAA's Southwest Fisheries Science Center in La Jolla, California, took tissue samples from 139 orcas from the North Atlantic, the North Pacific, and Antarctica. By analyzing the mitochondria of each, they confirmed the existence at least three distinct killer whale species. According...

2010-04-22 11:37:37

New technology in gene sequencing supports empirical evidence of multiple species In a report published today in the journal Genome Research, scientists report finding strong genetic evidence supporting the theory there are several species of killer whales (Orcinus orca, also known as orcas) throughout the world's oceans. Scientists have suspected for some time that there was more than one species of killer whales because of differences in behavior, feeding preferences and subtle physical...


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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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