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2008-06-20 18:00:16

Sea changes threat to whales, Pacific coral WELLINGTON, June 19 (Xinhua) -- A new report released Thursday warned that a critical foraging ground for thousands of whales near Antartica is losing its ice cover faster than many had thought. The ice melt poses a major challenge for whale species, which travel huge distances to feed in the Southern Ocean every year. The report commissioned by animal rights organization World Wildlife Fund (WWF) modeled its predictions on a two degrees...

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2008-06-13 12:20:00

For hundreds of years, whaling was a way of life for many of those living in the small coastal community of Taiji.Tameo Ryono was proud to be catching whales when he first embarked from the Japanese village of Taiji more than 50 years ago."Whalers were stars here in Taiji. I got what I had dreamed of since I was a little boy," said Ryono. "I'm proud of being able to do whaling throughout my life."But, at the age of 71, Ryono believes he will be the last member of his family to know whaling as...

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2008-06-03 13:35:00

A recent report reveals that about 60 tons of fin whale meat from Iceland was sent to Japan, with a much smaller amount of minke meat coming from Norway. Meat from endangered fin whales has become highly sought after in Japan. Conservationists are outraged. They say that the trade will damage attempts to bridge the gap between pro- and anti-whaling nations.A Japanese official said no request to import the meat had been received.However, an official in Norway's Directorate of Nature...

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2008-05-20 17:00:00

Commercial whale hunting begins Monday in Iceland, following the government's grant of a small quota of 40 minke, a number far short of the 100 requested by whalers.The decision had been expected a month ago following requests from whalers for a speedy ruling, but disagreements within the government delayed the matter for weeks before the government formally gave the go-ahead Monday morning. Whalers said they would launch as soon as possible.Environmental groups said the ruling would further...

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2008-04-28 14:40:00

Endangered North Atlantic right whales are safer along Massachusetts Bay's busy shipping lanes this spring, thanks to a new system of smart buoys. The buoys recognize whales' distinctive calls and route the information to a public Web site and a marine warning system, giving ships the chance to avoid deadly collisions.The 10-buoy Right Whale Listening Network - developed at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution - is arriving barely in time for the beleaguered...

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2006-08-04 12:15:00

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Australian researchers said Thursday that analyzing the skin flakes of some whales could help determine their age, a development that could invalidate one argument for killing them. Japan has long argued that killing baleen whales, such as humpbacks and minkes, is the only way to determine how old they are, and vital to better understanding the animals' behavior. Tokyo plans to kill over 1,000 minke whales in 2006, over 400 more than last year and more than double the...

2006-06-17 19:00:00

By Michael Christie FRIGATE BAY, St. Kitts and Nevis -- Japan fell short again on Saturday in efforts to gain majority support for its campaign to loosen international anti-whaling regulations. Japan, which has obeyed a 1986 moratorium on commercial whaling but uses a loophole to hunt minke whales for scientific research, proposed that the International Whaling Commission (IWC) allow Japanese coastal communities to whale near shore. Passage of the measure would have required 75 percent...

2006-06-17 14:20:00

By Michael Christie FRIGATE BAY, St. Kitts and Nevis -- Greenland asked an international whaling body on Saturday to examine whether it could extend whaling by its Inuit hunters to endangered humpbacks and bowheads, alarming environmentalists. Anti-whaling nations attending an International Whaling Commission, or IWC, meeting in the Caribbean island state of St Kitts and Nevis said they were opposed to the proposal given the fragile state of most whale species. Environmentalists also said...

2006-06-17 13:05:00

By Michael Christie FRIGATE BAY, St. Kitts and Nevis (Reuters) - Greenland asked an international whaling body on Saturday to examine whether it could extend whaling by its Inuit hunters to endangered humpbacks and bowheads, alarming environmentalists. Anti-whaling nations attending an International Whaling Commission, or IWC, meeting in the Caribbean island state of St Kitts and Nevis said they were opposed to the proposal given the fragile state of most whale species. Environmentalists also...

2006-06-16 13:25:00

By Michael Christie FRIGATE BAY, St Kitts and Nevis (Reuters) - Japan lost a crucial vote on Friday at a meeting of the International Whaling Commission that was a setback in its long-term drive to overturn a two-decade-old international ban on whaling. Japan and other pro-whaling countries failed to stop the group from discussing the fate of dolphins, porpoises and small whales, which are not covered by the 1986 moratorium on commercial whaling but which conservationists say are as...


Latest Minke Whale Reference Libraries

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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