Latest North Pacific Right Whale Stories
Her name is Varvara (Russian for Barbara) and she likes to travel. Varvara is a western North Pacific gray whale, an endangered species. Scientists from the Marine Mammal Institute at Oregon State University and Russia’s A.N Severtsov Institute for Ecology and Evolution (IEE) have recorded her epic journey, a round-trip trek of nearly 14,000 miles. This is, claim the research team, the longest migration of a mammal ever recorded.
Whales have been endangered by human activity for hundreds of years mainly due to commercial hunting and fishing concerns. A new study from Oregon State University, published in PLOS ONE, reveals that these are not the only human-derived challenges whales face.
A new report from the British Antarctic Survey team has revealed that satellites can be used to accurately estimate whale populations. The report authors said the technique they developed could revolutionize the way whales are counted.
Using six years of data collected during regular aerial surveys, combined with genetics data obtained by a consortium of research teams, a new study adds evidence that points to a central Gulf of Maine mating ground for North Atlantic right whales.
Orcas, or killer whales, are found in every ocean in the world making them a global force to be reckoned with. They have remarkable social bonds and sophisticated hunting techniques that make them the top predators in the oceans.
Researchers have identified areas off southern California with high numbers of whales and assessed their risk from potentially deadly collisions with commercial ship traffic in a study released today in the scientific journal Conservation Biology.
Two underwater robots with instruments that detect the calls of baleen whales heard the ‘songs’ of nine critically endangered North Atlantic right whales in the Gulf of Maine in December, scientists reported on Wednesday.
Tourists have been coming from around the world to the coast of California to catch a glimpse of whales this year. From Avila Beach on the San Luis Obispo Bay to Monterrey and Santa Cruz on the Monterrey Bay to the great shipping channels of San Francisco Bay, humpback and blue whales have been out in record numbers.
According to new research, high levels of background noise have reduced the ability of critically endangered North Atlantic right whales to communicate with each other by about two-thirds.
The fin whale, like many other whales, was decimated by whaling throughout the 19th and 20th century — to the point of being considered officially endangered and being placed on the IUCN Red List.
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...
The Bowhead Whale (Balaena mysticetus), also known as Greenland Right Whale or Arctic Whale, is a marine mammal of the order Cetacea. It can grow to 20 m. (66 ft.), long. Description Bowhead whales large dark colored animals with no dorsal fin and a strongly bowed lower jaw and narrow upper jaw. The baleen plates, which are larger than three meters and the longest of the baleen whales, are used to strain tiny prey from the water. The whales have massive bony skulls which they use to...
Right whales are baleen whales belonging to the family Balaenidae. There are four species in two genera: Eubalaena (three species) and Balaena (one species, the Bowhead Whale, also called the Greenland Right Whale). Right whales can grow to 60 ft long and weigh up to 100 metric tons. Their bodies are mostly black, with distinctive white Calluses (skin abrasions) on their heads. They are called "right whales" because whalers thought the whales were the "right" ones to catch. The Right Whale...
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