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High-Pitched Echolocation Helps Harbor Porpoises Avoid Killer Whales
2013-06-12 14:17:20

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Researchers from the University of Southern Denmark (SDU) have determined why harbour porpoises are doing so well in coastal and busy waters. The team wrote in the journal Frontiers in Physiology that these animals are able to thrive through the Northern Hemisphere due to their sophisticated echolocation abilities. Coastal waters like the ones harbor porpoises live in can be challenging for whales due to the risk of beaching and...

Research Shows Great White Sharks Enjoy Their Hawaiian Vacations
2013-04-19 19:41:26

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online New research in the Journal of Marine Biology revealed previously unknown details about Great White sharks that roam the waters surrounding Hawaii. "This study is valuable in that it provides a better understanding of the biology and behavior of white sharks, which is very useful for management purposes,” said co-author William Aila, chairperson of the State of Hawai'i Department of Land and Natural Resources....

Food Scavengers: Great White Sharks Don't Just Kill For Food
2013-04-11 06:34:37

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Great whites have long been known as cold-blooded killers and man-eaters. But new research shows that these sharks actually scavenge whale carcasses for food from time to time. A team wrote in the journal PLoS ONE about how they documented as many as 40 different sharks scavenging on a carcass over the course of a single day. The study summarized observations based on four scavenging events over a 10-year period. During each...

Shark Tooth Weapons Lead To Discovery Of Extinct Marine Species
2013-04-04 12:28:23

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Sharks played a key role in the lives of ancient Pacific islanders. Not only were these animals hunted as food, but their teeth were also used to create deadly weapons. Based on an analysis of ancient weapons found on the Gilbert Islands, modern day biologists said they have discovered two locally extinct species of shark that once inhabited the central Pacific. According to Joshua Drew, a biologist at New York's Columbia University...

Nevada's Black Bear Population On The Rebound
2013-03-30 06:20:16

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online One of Nevada's most interesting inhabitants, the black bear, is the focus of a new study from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), the University of Nevada, and the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW). The three agencies pieced together the last 150 years of history for the bear. The study looked at everything from recent scientific studies to historic newspaper articles. These sources indicate that the black bears were once...

Sharks Endangered Globally Due To Overfishing
2013-03-03 06:30:53

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Overfishing kills an average of 100 million sharks worldwide each year, according to new research highlighting the dangers faced by many different species of fish as they attempt to avoid possible extinction. According to Dan Stone of National Geographic Magazine, biologists from  Dalhousie University in Canada and colleagues used data obtained from global shark catch reports and nearly 100 past research papers to estimate...

Whale Shark Conservation Crowdsourcing
2013-02-09 07:06:08

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In a new variety of crowdsourcing, a researcher from Imperial College London is using vacation snapshots to track the movement of whale sharks. This study, published in the journal Wildlife Research, is the first to show that publicly sourced photographs are suited to conservation efforts. During scuba diving and snorkeling expeditions in the Maldives, tourists frequently take underwater pictures of the whale shark — the...


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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  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'
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