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Antarctic minke whales
2014-04-24 06:56:44

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers have discovered the origins of a bizarre duck-like sound heard in winter and spring in the ocean around Antarctica and off Australia’s west coast. The sound – a series of low-pitched, repetitive pulses dubbed “bio-duck” – was first recorded more than half a century ago, but its source has eluded scientists, until now. Using acoustic recorders, researchers Denise Risch of NOAA's Northeast Fisheries Science...

Passive Acoustic Monitoring Reveals Clues To Calling Behavior And Movements Of The Minke Whale
2014-03-20 16:10:55

NOAA Scientists using passive acoustic monitoring to track minke whales in the Northwest Atlantic have found clues in the individual calling behaviors and movements of this species. These findings, recently published online in the journal Behaviour, provide insight into one of the least studied baleen whales. “Although we regularly observe minke whales in our Gulf of Maine surveys, we know very little about minke whale vocalizations and how they use sound in their behavioral and...

Marine Robots Detect 9 Endangered Whales
2013-01-10 06:22:09

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Two underwater robots with instruments that detect the calls of baleen whales heard the ℠songs´ of nine critically endangered North Atlantic right whales in the Gulf of Maine in December, scientists reported on Wednesday. Right whales, which can weigh as much as 140,000 pounds and grow up to 55 feet in length, are thought to use the area every year between November and January as a mating ground, said researchers from...

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2011-04-27 08:51:06

As they might with most endangered animals, scientists consider the whereabouts and activities of right whales extremely important.  "It is helpful to know where they go, why they go there and what they do when they're there," says Mark F. Baumgartner of the biology department at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). Baumgartner and his colleagues studied the behavior of right whales and sei whales"”both endangered species of baleen whales"”in the waters of the...

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2010-03-13 06:55:00

The Justice Department said on Thursday that a California sushi chef and the restaurant that he worked for have both been charged with illegally serving meat from an endangered Sei whale. According to Reuters, Kiyoshiro Yamamoto and popular restaurant "The Hump" in Santa Monica were charged with violating the Marine Mammals Protection Act, which makes it illegal to sell any kind of whale meat. Informants ordered whale meat at the restaurant in October 2009, later leading to a sting...

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2009-06-25 14:35:00

A national park established to protect groups of dolphins and whales - recently discovered mingling and feeding off East Timor - may soon be funded by the young Asian country's own government, AFP reported. However, some foreign assistance will be required to preserve the area and develop eco-tourism in one of the few places in the world with such a wide variety of large sea mammals, officials said. Officials in Dili said aerial surveys of the hotspot from scientists at the Australian...

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2009-05-18 11:05:00

Endangered blue whales are making a comeback in Alaskan waters after nearly being wiped out by commercial hunters decades ago.Before they were nearly killed off, blue whales frequently traveled between Mexico and Alaska in search of food during the summer. But since the massive hunting season of 1931, during which more than 29,000 of the species were killed, researchers have found blue whale sightings to be sparse, until recently.It wasn't until 2004, when researchers were conducting a survey...

2009-04-09 08:00:30

U.S. biologists say DNA research shows giant whale sharks, a species threatened by over-fishing, don't always remain in protected waters. University of Illinois-Chicago geneticists led by Associate Professor Jennifer Schmidt studied the DNA of 68 whale sharks from 11 locations across the Indian and Pacific oceans and the Caribbean Sea. Our data show whale sharks found in different oceans are genetically quite similar, which means that animals move and interbreed between populations, said...

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2006-12-29 07:52:23

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- After winning more protection for polar bears, a conservation group is pressuring the U.S. government to keep the North Pacific right whale from going extinct. The whales are the most endangered whale in the world. The administration of President Bush proposed Wednesday that polar bears be listed as "threatened" because of melting Arctic sea ice related to global warming. A threatened listing is one step lower than endangered, meaning the species is likely to face...

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2005-04-01 17:30:46

TOKYO (AP) -- Japan plans to extend its research whaling program in the Antarctic Ocean, an official said Friday, after the country wraps up 18 years of expeditions that anti-whaling groups and nations criticize as commercial whaling in disguise. A hunt authorized by the International Whaling Commission ended Thursday, after five ships returned home from the Antarctic with their haul of 440 minke whales, Japan's Fisheries Agency said. "We already have submitted a new research plan for the...


Latest Sei Whale Reference Libraries

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2006-07-12 15:07:29

The Minke Whale or Lesser Rorqual is a marine mammal belonging to the suborder of baleen whales. The Minke Whale was first identified by Lacepede in 1804. Taxonomy Most modern classifications split the Minke Whale into two species; the Common or Northern Minke Whale and the Antarctic or Southern Minke Whale. Taxonomists further categorize the Common Minke Whale into two or three subspecies; the North Atlantic Minke Whale, the North Pacific Minke Whale and Dwarf Minke Whale. All Minke...

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2006-07-12 14:39:38

The Sei Whale (Balaenoptera borealis) is a large baleen whale. Following large-scale hunting of Sei Whales in the Southern Ocean during middle part of the twentieth century when approximately 200,000 Sei Whales were killed, the Sei Whale is now an internationally protected species. The Sei Whale can grow to 20 m (66 ft) long. Taxonomy and naming This rorqual (The largest group of baleen whales) is in the order Cetacea. Like all the biggest whales it has baleen plates rather than teeth....

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2006-07-12 14:03:34

The Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus) is a marine mammal that is in the suborder of baleen whales. At up to 30 meters (100 feet) in length and 140 tons or more in weight, it is believed to be the largest animal ever to have lived on Earth. Blue Whales were abundant in most oceans around the world until the beginning of the twentieth century. For the first 40 years of the twentieth century they were hunted by whalers almost to extinction. Hunting of the blue whale was outlawed by the...

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2006-07-12 13:21:43

Bryde's Whales are the least known and in many ways the most unusual of the rorquals(Baleen Whales). They are small by rorqual standards"”no more than about 25 tons. They prefer tropical warm waters to the polar seas that other whales in their family prefer. They are largely coastal whales and their diet is composed almost entirely of fish. There appear to be two species, and some confusion between the two exists. Bryde's Whales are very similar in appearance to Sei Whales and almost as...

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2006-07-12 13:11:55

The Fin Whale (Balaenoptera physalus), also called the Finback Whale and belongs to the baleen whales suborder. It is the second largest whale and also the second largest animal currently living. The Fin whale can grow to 85 ft (26 m) long. The fin Whale can be found worldwide and in Europe is readily seen in the Bay of Biscay. Taxonomy The Fin Whale is a close relative of the Blue Whale. The differences began to occur between 3 and 5 million years ago. Hybrids between the two...

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