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Blue Whales Face Many Challenges Including Fishing Traffic

Blue Whales Face Many Challenges, Including Fishing Traffic

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online 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,...

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British Antarctic Survey Team Counts Whales Using Satellites
2014-02-13 10:10:18

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new report from the British Antarctic Survey 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. "This is a proof of concept study that proves whales can be identified and counted by satellite,” said study author Peter Fretwell, a researcher with the British Antarctic Survey. “Whale populations...

Gulf Of Maine May Be On Mating Ground Used By North Atlantic Right Whales
2013-07-25 10:42:58

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online 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. One of the most endangered marine mammal species, the North Atlantic right whale (Eubalaena glacialis) has been intensively studied for decades. Scientists have discovered much about the...

Understanding The Breeding Structure Of Killer Whales
2013-07-13 06:52:08

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online 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. For a long time, scientists assumed these clever, highly mobile whales bred with each other freely in the seemingly homogeneous ocean. Dedicated researchers have furthered our understanding of the oceans...

Risk To Endangered Whales From Ship Traffic Off Southern California Analyzed In New Study
2013-03-26 13:12:04

Southwest Fisheries Science Center: NOAA 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. Scientists from NOAA Fisheries, the Marine Mammal Commission and Cascadia Research Collective analyzed data collected over seven years by NOAA on marine mammal and ecosystem research surveys in the...

Marine Robots Detect 9 Endangered Whales
2013-01-10 06:22:09

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online 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. Right whales, which can weigh as much as 140,000 pounds and grow up to 55 feet in length, are thought to use the area every year between November and January as a mating ground, said researchers from...

Is Whale Watching Becoming A Full Contact Sport?
2012-08-22 15:57:10

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online 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. Blue and humpback whales are both endangered species that use the California coastline as a spring and summer feeding...

Underwater Noise Pollution Impedes Whale Communications
2012-08-16 06:01:53

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Noise pollution is a problem that plagues us all. Loud cars and trucks, music, airplanes and more create a constant cacophony we have to learn to block out of our conscious mind in order to deal with our lives. However, we aren't the only ones suffering from too much noise. According to a paper published in Conservation Biology, high levels of background noise, mainly due to ships, have reduced the ability of critically endangered...

Mediterranean Fin Whale Numbers Were Overestimated
2012-07-29 09:00:09

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online 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. This status is determined primarily by calculating a species population and a new study suggests that scientists may have overestimated the whale´s already diminished numbers in the Mediterranean. For years, it was believed that...

Prey Shortage Threatens Killer Whales, Study Aided By Scat-detection Dog
2012-06-08 04:08:56

Southern dwelling killer whales, located in the Pacific Northwest, experience more strain by lack of fish than by hordes of whale watchers, according to a study conducted in the Salish Sea. Chinook salmon, a staple for the killer whales of that area, are dwindling in number and this effects the whale population heavily. Published on June 6, 2012 in the online journal PLoS ONE, the study, led by environmental and pet-behavior consultant Katherine Ayers, focused on the glucocorticoid and...


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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...

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2006-07-17 18:05:29

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...

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2006-07-12 15:22:14

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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