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Pre-Whaling Humpback Population Estimates Could Help Recovery Measures
2013-02-14 14:21:20

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online For over 50 years, conservationists have been championing the protection of humpback whales–and as the population begins to recover from decades of whaling, scientists are starting to ask about the size of the whale population before they were hunted en masse. Using a refined genetic analysis, a group of American scientists has estimated the humpback´s historical population size at more than 100,000 whales, according to...

Japanese Whale Hunt In The Southern Ocean Faces Opposition
2013-01-01 05:03:51

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A battle is brewing over whaling in the Southern Ocean between Australia and Japan. Australia's Environment Minister, Tony Burke, has reiterated his government's strong opposition to Japan's "scientific whaling" program, dismissing claims that the expeditions have any scientific research merit. "There is nothing scientific about going out and chasing whales, aiming a harpoon at them, so that you can pull them in and chop them up for...

Scientific Whaling Plans Dumped By South Korea
2012-07-18 12:27:06

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online After experiencing some heavy criticism, the South Korean government is looking to cancel a controversial plan to hunt whales for scientific purposes, according to a new report. A senior government official who spoke to Yonhap News, South Korea´s largest news agency, on the condition of anonymity said the controversy surrounding the policy was a major factor in the decision, which has yet to be formally announced. "Discussions...

Newly Discovered Organ Could Explain Size, Eating Habits Of Some Whales
2012-05-24 07:48:43

Scientists with the Smithsonian Institution and the University of British Columbia (UBC) have discovered a new sensory organ in the rorqual family of whales -- a discovery which sheds new light on their unique feeding behavior and explains why they grow to such massive sizes. The US and Canadian biologists involved in the study located the organ at the tip of the chin of blue, humpback, minke and fin whales, contained within a batch of ligaments connecting the lower jaw bones, according to...

Toothless Whales Use Fat To Listen
2012-04-19 05:52:47

Scientists have long understood the way dolphins and toothed whales have been able to hear underwater. These animals have a special type of fat surrounding their jaws which can relay sounds from the ocean to their ears. Now, thanks to a new study, scientists are able to understand how their toothless grazing cousins, the baleen whales are able to hear without these sound-enhancing jaws. Toothed whales and dolphins are able to use their jaws in conjecture with echolocation in order to...

Researchers Propose 'Cap-and-Trade' System For Saving Whales
2012-01-12 13:39:45

There are few, if any, animal species that receive as much persistent and impassioned attention from both environmental groups and the media as whales do. And yet despite global agreements that more or less ban the practice of whaling, many are concerned populations of the world´s largest  mammals are still alarmingly low, making them vulnerable to the handful of whaling practices that have managed to legally survive. Three American researchers have just published a novel and...

Image 1 - New Computer Program Promises To Save Whales In The Saint Lawrence Estuary
2011-10-12 03:33:42

Researchers at the University of Montreal have developed a computer program that enables regulators to evaluate the ecological and economic tradeoffs between marine mammal conservation, whale watching and marine transportation activities in the Saint Lawrence Estuary. "The objective is to reduce the collision risk with whales while taking into account the impact on industry and marine transportation," said Lael Parrott, who headed the research team. The model, developed in her Complex Systems...

Japanese Whaling To Resume In The Southern Ocean
2011-10-05 04:54:25

Japan plans to send out its whaling fleet again this year, even though they were turned back by the Sea Shepherd conservation group earlier this year. This year they caught only one-fifth of what they expected. The whalers captured only 171 minke whales and two fin whales, according to the International Whaling Commission (IWC). In order to increase the security of its fleet, according to the BBC, Japan will send extra ships to escort the whaling vessels in the Southern Ocean to guard from...


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Antarctic Minke Whale, Balaenoptera bonaerensis
2013-06-22 16:21:07

The Antarctic minke whale (Balaenoptera bonaerensis), also known as the southern minke whale, is one of two minke whales within the Mysticeti suborder, which contains baleen and rorqual whales. It can be found in every ocean in the southern hemisphere, residing in Antarctic waters in the summer months and northern waters in the winter months, where its range overlaps that the smaller common minke whale. The Antarctic minke whale was once classified with the common minke whale as a single...

Antarctic Minke Whale, Balaenoptera bonaerensis
2013-06-10 11:14:16

The Antarctic minke whale (Balaenoptera bonaerensis), also known as the southern minke whale, is one of two minke whales within the Mysticeti suborder, which contains baleen and rorqual whales. It can be found in every ocean in the southern hemisphere, residing in Antarctic waters in the summer months and northern waters in the winter months, where its range overlaps that the smaller common minke whale. The Antarctic minke whale was once classified with the common minke whale as a single...

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2006-07-12 15:07:29

The Minke Whale or Lesser Rorqual is a marine mammal belonging to the suborder of baleen whales. The Minke Whale was first identified by Lacepede in 1804. Taxonomy Most modern classifications split the Minke Whale into two species; the Common or Northern Minke Whale and the Antarctic or Southern Minke Whale. Taxonomists further categorize the Common Minke Whale into two or three subspecies; the North Atlantic Minke Whale, the North Pacific Minke Whale and Dwarf Minke Whale. All Minke...

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