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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...

Millions Of Prawns Wash Up On Beach
2013-03-22 21:17:50

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A beach in southern Chile is being overwhelmed by millions of stranded prawns that have taken up two miles worth of the coastline. According to a report by AFP, millions of the small prawns are covering a beach 300 miles south of Santiago, creating giant "red spots" on the sand. Fisherman said at first the red spots appeared just off the shore, but by Tuesday of this week the prawns had moved to land, and "millions" were...

Bizarre Whale Strandings Not Due To Family Ties
2013-03-15 09:10:25

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Since the time of Aristotle, biologists have struggled to understand the reasons for mass strandings of whales and dolphins on beaches. Contrary to previous assumptions that whales follow each other onto the beach — and almost certain death — on account of familial ties, a new study from Oregon State University and the University of Auckland reveals that many unrelated individuals are present at each event. The findings...

Threatened Pilot Whales Swim As A Team
2012-11-24 07:27:08

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online When long-finned pilot whales sense the presence of a potential danger, they use synchronized swimming as a defense mechanism, an international team of scientists has discovered. Scientists from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, the Doñana Biological Station (CSIC) and the Conservation, Information and Study on Cetaceans (CIRCE) studied the behavior of the approximately 300 members of the Globicephala melas...

Killer Whale Menopause Helps Sons Survive
2012-09-14 08:43:49

Watch the Video: Killer Whales Near the San Juan Islands April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Killer whale females have the longest period of menopause of any non-human species. A new study, led by the University of Exeter and the University of York, claims this is so the female Orcas can care for their adult sons. The research shows that for a male over 30, the death of his mother means an almost 14-fold increase in the likelihood of his own death within a year....

2011-10-13 14:53:00

YARMOUTH PORT, Mass., Oct. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Two separate whale strandings in Massachusetts have been linked by unusual species identification this week by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and the New England Aquarium (NEAq). One pilot whale stranded in Duxbury on Monday followed by another pilot whale in Truro on Tuesday. Pilot whale strandings are relatively uncommon, but what makes these cases especially unique is that both animals have been identified...

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2010-08-21 09:03:36

Nearly 60 pilot whales have died after becoming stranded on a beach in northern New Zealand, conservation authorities reported Friday.There were 73 total whales discovered on the beach mid-morning and the Department of Conservation's Carolyn Smith said the whales most likely beached overnight, which is why so many died before rescue operations were launched.Of the 73 pilot whales, 15 have survived, but are reported to be in "poor condition." Volunteers are making another attempt to rescue the...

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2010-07-01 10:01:57

The evolutionary mystery of menopause is a step closer to being solved thanks to research on killer whales. A study by the Universities of Exeter and Cambridge has found a link between killer whales, pilot whales and humans "” the only three known species where females stop breeding relatively early in their lifespan. Despite very different social structures between the three species, the research shows that in each case females become increasingly genetically related to those...

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2009-12-28 08:06:53

Vacationers and conservation workers were able to coax 43 pilot whales back into the ocean after getting stranded on the beach over the weekend. Unfortunately, over 125 whales didn't survive. 105 pilot whales died on Saturday at Farewell Spit in a mass beaching, while 21 whales died on Sunday at a beach on the east coast of the North Island. Rescuers monitored the survivors as they swam away, and by Monday morning they were reported well out to sea. Regional conservation spokeswoman Lyn...

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2009-01-23 14:45:00

Wildlife officials said that more than 40 sperm whales have died after a pod of about 50 became stranded off southern Australia.  Rescuers have been trying to keep the surviving whales alive by pouring water over them. The whales are trapped on a sandbar about 500 feet offshore from Perkins Island on the northwest coast of Tasmania. Because of the whales' immense size, and that the area is only accessible by sea, the rescue is proving to be a difficult one. Liz Wren, a spokeswoman for...


Latest Pilot whale Reference Libraries

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2006-07-30 14:38:55

The right whale dolphins, the Northern Right Whale Dolphin (Lissodelphis borealis) and the Southern Right Whale Dolphin (Lissodelphis peroni), are two of the easiest cetaceans to be identify at sea. Both these oceanic dolphins are colored black and white and have no dorsal fin. Despite scientists being long acquainted with these dolphins surprisingly little is known about them in terms of life history and behavior. Physical description Both species have slender bodies, small, pointed...

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2006-07-30 14:00:40

The Pilot Whale is one of two species of cetacean in the genus Globicephala. The genus is part of the oceanic dolphin family (Delphinidae) although their behavior is closer to that of the larger whales. The two species are the Long-finned Pilot Whale and the Short-finned Pilot Whale. The two are not readily distinguished at sea and are typically just known simply as Pilot Whales or Calderón in Spanish. They and other large members of the dolphin family are also known as blackfish....

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