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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...

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2009-02-03 12:15:00

Researchers reported on Monday, that older mothers may do a better job raising their children than younger, less-experienced moms, amongst killer whales.The researchers looked over 30 years of data to find that calves born to the oldest killer whales were 10 percent more likely to survive the critical first year of life than calves born to younger mothers."Older mothers appear to be better mothers, producing calves with higher survival rates," Eric Ward of the Northwest Fisheries Science...

2009-01-16 20:50:04

U.S. researchers say endangered orcas, or killer whales, living in Puget Sound are among the most contaminated marine mammals in the world. The report, published in published in the journal Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, says the orcas are exposed to PCBs, flame retardants and other persistent organic pollution concentrations in Chinook salmon, the Seattle Times report Thursday. The southern resident population of orcas eat large numbers of Chinook salmon that come from areas with...

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2009-01-01 13:20:00

A new study of pygmy killer whales shows that those living off Hawaii tend to stay close to the islands and don't swim out to the open ocean, researchers said. One of the least understood marine mammal species, there are very few of the whales (probably less than 200 individuals) in this distinct pygmy killer whale population off the islands. The research published Tuesday in the journal Marine Mammal Science suggests the population's limited number makes it more vulnerable than other whale...

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2008-12-21 16:29:30

Scientists are analyzing killer whale scat and breath samples in the hopes of solving the mystery of Puget Sound's dwindling orca population. There were seven resident killer whales that frequently pass the waters of Washington that went missing this year and are presumed dead. "We're losing animals and we don't exactly understand why," said Brad Hanson, a wildlife biologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Service. Researchers of the University of Washington...

2008-09-10 21:00:13

Environmental groups are suing to block a proposed expansion of a sand and gravel mine in Washington state they say could harm whales and chinook salmon. Glacier Northwest is seeking to increase the amount of sand and gravel mining on Maury Island from 10,000 tons a year to 2 million tons, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported Wednesday. The expansion plans call for construction of a pier and a conveyor, and would increase the amount of barge traffic in the Puget Sound, the newspaper...

2008-07-30 12:00:36

By Warren Cornwall, Seattle Times Jul. 30--The U.S. Navy can keep setting off underwater explosions in Puget Sound without posing a serious threat to protected salmon, steelhead and orcas, a federal wildlife agency has concluded. The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) determined that dozens of naval exercises involving explosive charges up to 20 pounds could kill thousands of salmon. But the agency also said it wouldn't make a significant dent in the overall fish populations and...


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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