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2009-09-30 12:33:01

Federal officials say they are considering giving killer whales in Washington state's Puget Sound a broader protective zone. Boats are now required to stay 100 yards away from the whales. The proposed National Marine Fisheries Service regulations would double that and would also close off a half-mile channel off San Juan Island between May and September, The Seattle Times reports. The rules would apply to whale-watching boats and recreational boaters but not to commercial fishermen, cargo...

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2009-08-12 16:25:53

New research from scientists in Russia shows that even killer whales like to socialize, creating and visiting social clubs just like humans do. Until now, scientists never knew why up to 100 killer whales would meet in the Avacha Gulf off the coast of Russia, forming huge superpods despite the fact  they typically live in smaller groups.  But after studying the whales, the researchers discovered that these groups act as clubs in which the fish-eating killer whales (Orcinus orca)...

2009-08-09 15:52:40

A killer whale at the Miami Seaquarium should be released into the wild rather than forced to live in a concrete tank, animal activists say. Shelby Proie, one of the more than 30 activists seeking to free Lolita the killer whale, said during a protest Saturday at the Miami tourist site that the 7,000-pound animal does not deserve to be penned in an aquarium. Every week one of us goes in to check on her, the 24-year-old Nova Southeastern University student told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel....

2009-05-27 13:56:09

Census of Marine Life historians meeting in Vancouver, Canada, say they have reconstructed images of past sea life that boggle the imagination. The researchers said they used such sources as old ship logs, literary texts and tax records to reconstruct what life in the ocean was like prior to the early 1800s. Before oil hunters harpooned whales by the hundreds, the ocean around New Zealand teemed with about 27,000 southern right whales - roughly 30 times as many as today, the scientists said....

2009-05-26 13:51:09

U.S. scientists say they've documented the presence of endangered North American right whales in an area where they were thought to be extinct. Oregon State University and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration researchers said they made their discovery using a system of underwater hydrophones that can record sounds from hundreds of miles away. The researchers said their discovery is particularly important because it is in an area that might be opened to shipping if the melting of...

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2009-04-03 10:45:00

A new study shows that the population of false killer whales in waters close to Hawaii seems to have declined significantly over the past 20 years, the Associated Press reported.The report said that the dolphin species are likely dropping due to the declining food supplies and their tendency to get caught and injured on the longline fishing lines from commercial fishing vessels that can span 50 miles.Environmental activists recently sued the federal government for allegedly failing to prevent...

2009-04-02 12:27:12

Researchers report finding a stronghold for the Irrawaddy, one of the world's rarest freshwater dolphins, deep in the Bangladesh jungles. Scientists counted nearly 6,000 of the dolphins in the South Asian country's Sundarbans mangrove forest adjacent to the Bay of Bengal, the Wildlife Conservation Society said in a release. Before the find by the Wildlife Conservation Society there were only a few hundred of the Irrawaddy believed alive. This discovery gives us great hope that there is a...

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2009-04-02 13:05:00

Researchers say global warming is bringing food stocks closer to shore, causing the mass beaching of whales along Australia's coast, the AFP reported.Last week, nearly 90 long-finned pilot whales and bottlenose dolphins were beached along the Hamelin Bay on Australia's west coast in the last month.Experts say it took the total number of beached cetaceans in southern Australia beyond 500 in the past four months alone, including a single stranding of almost 200 on King Island.The...

2009-03-24 09:30:00

Emmy Award-winning HD Multi-media Series Returns with Two New Specials on PBS Jean-Michel Cousteau: Ocean Adventures Returns with 'Sea Ghosts' (Belugas) premiering April 8, 2009 at 8pm 'Call of the Killer Whale' (Orcas) premiering April 22, 2009 at 8pm Robust Web and Education Presence Accompany Broadcast SAN FRANCISCO, March 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Traveling to extreme locations around the globe to reveal the mysteries of the ocean and its connection to our human world, Jean-Michel Cousteau...

2009-02-18 23:01:39

U.S. wildlife researchers say threats to California salmon may cause the extinction of a population of Pacific killer whales. The National Marine Fisheries Service said the southern resident population of killer whales, of which there are only 84, may die if the salmon disappear, The Sacramento Bee reported Wednesday. The Puget Sound whales have been spending more time off the coast of Central California in recent years The fisheries service said Central Valley salmon that make up most of the...


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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