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2010-11-25 21:51:07

How the world's largest fish uses geometry and energy conservation to stay afloat They are the largest fish species in the ocean, but the majestic gliding motion of the whale shark is, scientists argue, an astonishing feat of mathematics and energy conservation. In new research published today in the British Ecological Society's journal Functional Ecology marine scientists reveal how these massive sharks use geometry to enhance their natural negative buoyancy and stay afloat. For most animals...

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2010-11-11 06:35:00

There may be many similarities between the importance of large predators in marine and terrestrial environments, researchers concluded in a recent study, which examined the interactions between wolves and elk in the United States, as well as sharks and dugongs in Australia. In each case, the major predators help control the populations of their prey, scientists said. But through what's been called the "ecology of fear" they also affect the behavior of the prey, with ripple impacts on other...

2010-10-26 15:05:00

DALLAS, Oct. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Topping the BLOCKBUSTER® Hit List of "Top 10 Renting DVD Titles" for the week ending October 24, 2010 is "Predators." In the newest spinoff from "Predator," John McTiernan's 1987 sci-fi thriller starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, eight human killers are dropped by parachute onto a distant planet. Mercenaries, murderers, gangsters, and convicts, they were the most feared men on Earth; now these predators must fight the alien race of predators...

2010-08-30 10:47:00

Ocean Conservation Organization invites Public to its Fun-Raiser LONG BEACH, Calif., Aug. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Non-profit organization Iemanya Oceanica (pronounced ya-MON-ja) announces the GREAT SHARK Affaire, a festival, to be held at the Long Beach Rainbow Lagoon, October 2-3, 2010. This charitable event will teach about ocean conservation as well as protecting sharks and their habitats. The GREAT SHARK Affaire(TM) will be set in a festival-like atmosphere teaching how every...

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2010-08-25 11:05:00

How do female whale sharks meet their perfect mates and go on to produce offspring? While little is known about the reproductive behavior of these ocean-roaming giants, a newly published analysis led by University of Illinois at Chicago biologist Jennifer Schmidt reveals new details about the mating habits of this elusive, difficult-to-study fish. Schmidt, a UIC associate professor of biological sciences, determined paternity of 29 frozen embryos saved from a female whale shark caught off the...

2010-08-10 07:26:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Hunters interested in learning the age of the bear they harvested during the 2009 seasons can log onto the Pennsylvania Game Commission's website (www.pgc.state.pa.us). To access the database, click on "Hunt/Trap" in the menu bar at the top of the page, click on "Hunting," scroll down and click on "Black Bear" in the "Big Game" listing, and then scroll down and click on "Black Bear Age Data" in the "Reference" listing. "As a...

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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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2010-04-23 11:10:00

Experts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have discovered genetic evidence that there are multiple species of killer whales. Lead researcher Phillip Morin and his colleagues at the NOAA's Southwest Fisheries Science Center in La Jolla, California, took tissue samples from 139 orcas from the North Atlantic, the North Pacific, and Antarctica. By analyzing the mitochondria of each, they confirmed the existence at least three distinct killer whale species. According...

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2010-04-20 11:10:00

Scientists measuring electrical activity in the muscles of a cobra have found the mechanism that triggers the frightening "hood flare" that the snake uses as a defensive display. The scientists found a precise group of muscles that the cobra uses to raise their hoods. The procedure was very tricky. Scientists had to implant tiny electrodes into the snake's muscles while the reptile was carefully anaesthetized. Once the electrodes were in place, they took measurements of electrical activity...

2010-04-16 11:00:00

LOS ANGELES, April 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Non-profit organization Iemanya Oceanica today announced their second shark-tagging research expedition to Baja California, set to take place from July 1st-5th, 2010. The organization is actively seeking up to 20 individuals from the general public to swim with and learn about the conservation of the world's largest fish: the giant whale shark. The team will be traveling to Bahia de Los Angeles on the Sea of Cortez in Baja where whale...


Latest Predators Reference Libraries

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2007-01-19 12:56:54

The bobcat (Lynx rufus, or commonly Felis rufus) is a wild cat native to North America. They are found mostly in the United States, southern Canada, and Northern Mexico. The bobcat is an adaptable animal that inhabits wooded areas as well as semi-desert, urban, and swampland environments. They live in a set home range that shifts in size with the season. They utilize several methods to mark their territorial boundaries including claw marks and deposits of urine or feces. In appearance, the...

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2006-08-16 20:52:41

The Orca or Killer Whale (Orcinus orca) is the largest member of the oceanic dolphin family Delphinidae. They are sometimes referred to as blackfish, a group including pilot whales, pigmy and false killer whales and melon headed whales. It is the second-most widely distributed mammal on Earth (after humans) and is found in all the world's oceans, from the frigid arctic regions to warm, tropical seas. It is also a versatile, deadly predator, eating fish, turtles, birds, seals, sharks and even...

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