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2013-07-25 23:28:50

Objective: To capture, tag, study and release 10-20 mature sharks for research and public safety over 30 days, in collaboration with top research institutions. CAPE COD, MA USA (PRWEB) July 25, 2013 OCEARCH is launching what is anticipated to be the largest Great White Shark expedition in U.S. history on July 30, 2013, off the coast of Cape Cod, to further both science and public safety. The 17th expedition led by OCEARCH Founding Chairman Chris Fischer, it is scheduled to run through...

Great White Sharks Use Stored Liver Oil As Fuel For Long Trips
2013-07-17 18:58:39

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While not quite as exciting as last week's Sharknado, a report from Stanford University just published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B has revealed new details on how great white sharks can make non-stop voyages that extend 2,500 miles or more. According to the report, the sharks store excess energy after feeding in the form of liver oil, which they can tap into on long trips. "We have a glimpse now of how white sharks come in...

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...

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...


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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Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'