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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...

Smalleye Pigmy Sharks Get Their Glow On For Camouflage
2012-04-27 04:40:45

Jason Farmer for RedOrbit.com There are a number of sharks that have specialized light-emitting organs on their undersides that allow them to glow in the darkest depths of the ocean. In fact, according to researchers, at least 10% of all known shark species are luminous, and this ability is one of the most mysterious areas of shark biology. A new study of a tiny predator known as the Smalleye pygmy shark (Squalious aliae), led by Dr Julien Claes from the Catholic University of Louvain...

White Adult Killer Whale Spotted Off Coast Of Russia
2012-04-24 04:06:52

Jason Farmer for RedOrbit.com Scientists believe they have made the very first sighting of an adult white killer whale, according to various media reports. The adult male was spotted off the coast of Kamchatka in eastern Russia. Scientists have nicknamed the whale Iceberg. The whale appears to be in good health and is living with a normal pod. Occasionally, white whales of other species are seen, but prior to this sighting, the only known white orcas have been young. The...

Image 1 - Bear Spotted Utilizing A Rock As A Tool
2012-03-07 06:40:40

A British scientist, on vacation recently in Alaska´s Glacier Bay National Park, made a phenomenal discovery. While he was photographing a wild brown bear, the animal picked up a barnacle covered stone and began rubbing it on the side of its face. According to Dr. Volker Deecke, of the University of Cumbria, bears could be more advanced than previously thought. Dr. Deecke speculates that the bear was molting and used the stone to rub off fur, or because it may have had irritated skin....

2012-03-05 10:45:14

Shark fins are worth more than other parts of the shark and are often removed from the body, which gets thrown back into the sea. To curtail this wasteful practice, many countries allow the fins to be landed detached from shark bodies, as long as their weight does not exceed five per cent of the total shark catch. New University of British Columbia research shows that this kind of legislation is too liberal. A study published this week in the journal Fish Biology analyzes the fin to body...

What Do Killer Whales Eat In The Arctic?
2012-01-30 09:36:54

Killer whales (Orcinus orca) are the top marine predator, wherever they are found, and seem to eat everything from schools of small fish to large baleen whales, over twice their own size. The increase in hunting territories available to killer whales in the Arctic due to climate change and melting sea ice could seriously affect the marine ecosystem balance. New research published in BioMed Central's re-launched open access journal Aquatic Biosystems has combined scientific observations with...

2012-01-05 08:00:00

The Bio Website EurekaMag.com publishes insights into all areas of biological science. The latest insights cover Drosophila which are small flies which have been been heavily used in research in genetics as a model organism genetics, cell-biology, biochemistry, and developmental biology, and Solar Flare which is a large energy release at the sun's surface. The insight into Killer Whale covers this toothed predatory whale belonging to the oceanic dolphin family. Mannheim, Germany (PRWEB)...

New Zealand Beach Scene Of Orca-Shark Battle
2012-01-02 09:00:01

A spectacular display of nature´s sometimes cruel cycle of life was witnessed by beachgoers at Blue Cliffs Beach in Tuatapere, New Zealand when orcas, also known as killer whales, forced a group of large sharks to swim into shallow waters or risk being eaten. One shark desperate to escape from the enormous beasts even beached itself on the sand and was filmed desperately flapping around in a bid to escape the whales, which were unable to move onto the sand, reports Rick Dewbury for...


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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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