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Whales Hear Us More Than We Realize
2014-05-02 03:56:58

Tom Rickey, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Killer whales and other marine mammals likely hear sonar signals more than we've known. That's because commercially available sonar systems, which are designed to create signals beyond the range of hearing of such animals, also emit signals known to be within their hearing range, scientists have discovered. The sound is likely very soft and audible only when the animals are within a few hundred meters of the source, say the authors...

Antarctic minke whales
2014-04-24 06:56:44

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers have discovered the origins of a bizarre duck-like sound heard in winter and spring in the ocean around Antarctica and off Australia’s west coast. The sound – a series of low-pitched, repetitive pulses dubbed “bio-duck” – was first recorded more than half a century ago, but its source has eluded scientists, until now. Using acoustic recorders, researchers Denise Risch of NOAA's Northeast Fisheries Science...

2014-04-17 16:25:14

SAN DIEGO, April 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A team of scientists from Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute (HSWRI) and SeaWorld San Diego has provided the strongest evidence yet that killer whale dialects are learned. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20140416/75801 Scheduled to be published this week in the Journal of Experimental Biology, the study found that juvenile male killer whales are capable of learning new call types when they undergo a change in social association....

Neanderthal Childhood Wasn't As Tough As Previously Believed
2014-04-10 05:18:46

University of York Archaeologists at the University of York are challenging the traditional view that Neanderthal childhood was difficult, short and dangerous. A research team from PALAEO (Centre for Human Palaeoecology and Evolutionary Origins) and the Department of Archaeology at York offer a new and distinctive perspective which suggests that Neanderthal children experienced strong emotional attachments with their immediate social group, used play to develop skills and played a...

2014-04-08 04:22:40

A multi-million USD contract encompasses the administration of Wesleyan Closed Books HOLON, Israel, April 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Sapiens International Corporation, (NASDAQ and TASE: SPNS), a leading global provider of software solutions for the insurance industry, with an emerging focus on the broader financial services sector, announced today that Wesleyan Assurance Society (Wesleyan), a Birmingham-based mutual offering specialist financial advice and solutions to niche...

Tracking Ecology Of sperm Whales Through Stomach Contents
2014-04-07 07:48:42

University of Massachusetts at Amherst In the largest regional study of its type to date, marine ecologists offer better understanding of the feeding ecologies of 2 very rare sperm whale species in waters off the southeast US coast, adding baseline data they say are important as climate change, fishing and pollution alters the animals' environment and food sources. “Understanding what resources support populations of these incredibly rare animals is important to conservation,”...

Japan Loses Against Australia, UN In Fight To Continue Annual Whaling
2014-03-31 14:48:05

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Japan’s highly-contentious whaling campaign experienced a major setback on Monday when a United Nations court ruled that the island nation could no longer continue its annual whale hunt in the waters around Antarctica. The International Court of Justice ruled in favor of Australia, which had sued Japan and rejected that country’s argument that the whaling has been conducted mainly for scientific reasons. “The court concludes,...

2014-03-27 13:18:34

Whales dive to nearly 2 miles depth, for over 2 hours Scientists monitored Cuvier's beaked whales' record-breaking dives to depths of nearly two miles below the ocean surface and some dives lasted for over two hours, according to results published March 26, 2014, in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Gregory Schorr from Cascadia Research Collective and colleagues. Distributed throughout the world's oceans, the Cuvier's beaked whales' frequent dives deep into the ocean make them...

Skin Bacterial Communities Similar Across Humpback Whale Populations
2014-03-27 08:48:25

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The omnipresence of bacteria in the environment as well as on our own skin makes research on how they affect human health an important topic in the scientific and medical community. But little is known about the identity or function of skin bacteria that is found on other mammals. Researchers, led by microbiologist Amy Apprill from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, have conducted a widespread study on the bacterial...

2014-03-24 23:28:38

"Why the Universe Bothers to Exist" offers a striking breakthrough in the origins controversy, wherein the debate is now resolved. (PRWEB) March 24, 2014 According to the author, Adam and Eve became the first fully sentient humans upon partaking of the tree of knowledge in the Garden of Eden. Upon their disobedience, the “fall” results as God had warned. Their souls are banished to Homo sapiens recipients, prepared by God through His control of natural process on planet...


Latest Megafauna Reference Libraries

Afrikaner Sheep
2014-09-16 09:18:15

The Afrikaner sheep, also known as the cape fat tail, is a breed of domestic sheep that is native to South Africa. It is one of the oldest sheep breeds in that area and is a descendant of sheep brought from the Khoikhoin people in the Middle East. There are two types of this breed, known as the Namaqua Afrikaner and the Ronderib Afrikaner, and it is thought that the Ronderib type was the first type of sheep to be introduced into Australia. The Afrikaner sheep is a hardy breed and is known...

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...

North Atlantic Right Whale, Eubalaena glacialis
2013-08-26 11:17:56

The North Atlantic right whale (Eubalaena glacialis), also known as the black right whale or the northern right whale, is one of three right whales in the Eubalaena genus. It can be found in a small population of about 396 individuals in the western North Atlantic. If it does occur in the eastern North Atlantic, experts assert that it only numbers in the tens, making it nearly extinct in that area. This species migrates into the western North Atlantic to feed in the spring, summer, and fall...

Con Rit
2013-08-26 07:37:45

The con rit is a mythical creature of the oceans around southeast Asia, mainly off the coast of Vietnam. It is considered to be a type of sea serpent but with a strange appearance. Vietnamese folklore considers the con rit as a water dragon. In Vietnamese, the word con rit translates to millipede. Resembling a giant millipede, it is said to be about 50 feet long with jointed and armored segments, each being two to three feet in length with a pair of legs attached. The coloration of this...

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caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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