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British Antarctic Survey Team Counts Whales Using Satellites
2014-02-13 10:10:18

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new report from the British Antarctic Survey has revealed that satellites can be used to accurately estimate whale populations. The report authors said the technique they developed could revolutionize the way whales are counted. "This is a proof of concept study that proves whales can be identified and counted by satellite,” said study author Peter Fretwell, a researcher with the British Antarctic Survey. “Whale populations...

Gulf Of Maine May Be On Mating Ground Used By North Atlantic Right Whales
2013-07-25 10:42:58

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Using six years of data collected during regular aerial surveys, combined with genetics data obtained by a consortium of research teams, a new study adds evidence that points to a central Gulf of Maine mating ground for North Atlantic right whales. One of the most endangered marine mammal species, the North Atlantic right whale (Eubalaena glacialis) has been intensively studied for decades. Scientists have discovered much about the...

Seagulls That Feed On Southern Right Whales Will Be Shot In New Protection Plan
2012-08-29 11:12:00

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In what could only be described as a horrific scene straight out of an Alfred Hitchcock movie, it seems seagulls have taken a particular liking to the flesh of whales off the coast of Argentina. For anyone who can recall the frightful scenes in the movie ℠The Birds´--where Tippi Hedren´s character is ravaged by pecking gulls, ravens and crows--this Argentine phenomenon might be as equally disturbing. Gulls have...

2011-06-27 10:52:04

After being hunted to local extinction more than a century ago and unable to remember their ancestral calving grounds, the southern right whales of mainland New Zealand are coming home. A new study published today has shown for the first time that whales from a small surviving population around remote, sub-Antarctic islands have found their way back to the New Zealand mainland. Before the onslaught of 19th century whaling, historical records suggest that up to 30,000 of these impressive...

2009-02-09 09:10:00

University of Utah biologists discovered that young "right whales" learn from their mothers where to eat, raising concern about their ability to find new places to feed if Earth's changing climate disrupts their traditional dining areas. "A primary concern is, what are whales going to do with global warming, which may change the location and abundance of their prey?" asks Vicky Rowntree, research associate professor of biology and a coauthor of the new study. "Can they adapt if they learn...

2006-08-02 08:00:00

KOMMETJIE BEACH, South Africa -- South African officials set fire to a 34-metric ton whale carcass on Wednesday, sending white smoke into the air near Cape Town as spectators clambered over blubber-strewn rocks for a closer look. The dead southern right whale washed up onto the quiet Kommetjie beach, 40 km (25 miles) south of the country's top tourist city nearly two weeks ago. Officials packed tons of wood and poured 80 liters of a petrol and diesel fuel mix over the decomposing 15 meter (47...

2006-07-25 13:47:05

KOMMETJIE BEACH, South Africa (Reuters) - South African conservationists are to burn the carcass of a 15-meter (47-foot) whale that washed ashore near Cape Town, officials said on Tuesday. The dead 34-tonne southern right whale washed up onto the quiet Kommetjie beach 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of Cape Town on Friday, but it was still unclear how it had died. "After discussions ... it's now been decided to burn the carcass," Table Mountain National Park spokeswoman Janine...

Latest Southern Right Whale Reference Libraries

Southern Right Whale, Eubalaena australis
2013-06-22 16:13:36

The southern right whale (Eubalaena australis) is a species of baleen whale that can be found in different regions in the summer and winter seasons. During the summer, it can be found in the Southern Ocean, possibly near Antarctica. During the winter, populations disperse into many warmer areas to breed, including waters near Chile, Argentina, New Zealand, South Africa, Peru, Namibia, Brazil, Australia, and Madagascar, among other areas. Right whales were first classified by Carolus...

2006-07-12 15:22:14

Right whales are baleen whales belonging to the family Balaenidae. There are four species in two genera: Eubalaena (three species) and Balaena (one species, the Bowhead Whale, also called the Greenland Right Whale). Right whales can grow to 60 ft long and weigh up to 100 metric tons. Their bodies are mostly black, with distinctive white Calluses (skin abrasions) on their heads. They are called "right whales" because whalers thought the whales were the "right" ones to catch. The Right Whale...

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