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New Study Finds Ocean Ecosystems Naturally Engineered By Whales
2014-07-03 14:58:31

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Whales have often been viewed as the lonely nomads of the seas, but a new report has found that these large mammals are actually great engineers of marine ecosystems. Published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, the new study reviewed several decades of research on whales from around the world and found they play a powerful and positive role with respect to ocean function, global carbon storage, and ecosystem productivity....

2014-04-23 12:23:31

Scrubeads(TM) an Environmentally Friendly Replacement That May Help Save Sea Life TUCSON, Ariz., April 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Desert Whale Jojoba Company presents Jojoba Scrubeads(TM), a sustainable and biodegradable response to Polyethylene (PE) Beads used in beauty products. This product addresses the growing concern over mounting data showing PE beads may have damaging effects on the environment. The creation of Jojoba Scrubeads comes in response to the call to action from The North Sea...

2014-03-27 13:18:34

Whales dive to nearly 2 miles depth, for over 2 hours Scientists monitored Cuvier's beaked whales' record-breaking dives to depths of nearly two miles below the ocean surface and some dives lasted for over two hours, according to results published March 26, 2014, in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Gregory Schorr from Cascadia Research Collective and colleagues. Distributed throughout the world's oceans, the Cuvier's beaked whales' frequent dives deep into the ocean make them...

2014-02-20 12:20:30

Grant, from proceeds of 11th Hour Auction at Christie's, to protect sharks, marine animals, habitat in Pacific and Arctic WASHINGTON, Feb. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Oceana, the largest international advocacy group to work on behalf of the world's oceans, announced a $3 million grant today from the Leonardo DiCaprio foundation aimed at protecting threatened ocean habitat and keystone marine species such as sharks. The foundation's grant will also support Oceana's work to advocate for...

Stranded Whales Lead Scientists To Discovery Of A New Species
2014-02-05 14:06:36

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists have discovered a new whale species that lives in the deep ocean waters beyond the edge of the continental shelf. Researchers, publishing a paper in the journal Marine Mammal Science, say they discovered Mesoplodon hotaula after studying seven animals stranded on remote tropical islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. The first specimen was a female found on a beach in Sri Lanka more than 50 years ago. M. hotaula are...

Bats And Whales Share Echolocation Success Story
2013-10-30 04:37:49

[ Watch the Video: Echolocation Frequencies Similar In Bats And Whales ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online What could a 50 ton whale and a one gram bat have in common? They share a success story - both have developed the ability to use echolocation, a type of biological sonar, for hunting. A new study from Aarhus University and the University of Southern Denmark reveals that the biosonar of toothed whales and bats share surprisingly many similarities - even though...

Whales Get Sunburned
2013-08-30 12:07:41

[ Watch the Video: Whales Can Get A Tan Like Humans ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online If you spent the whole day swimming in the ocean you might expect to get a tan, and a new study has found that whales also experience an increase in skin pigment as a result of exposure to the sun’s rays. The same study also found that the skin of blue, sperm and fin whales can suffer genetic damage due to UV ray exposure – just like humans. According to a recently published...

Military Sonar Disrupts Behavior Of Blue Whales
2013-07-03 14:31:38

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study has found whales do not care for the sound of the sonar used by militaries to detect submarines. Researchers from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, have observed the behavior of whales as they come into areas where sonar is being used and found these marine mammals may even avoid venturing into new feeding areas when they hear sonar. The results of this research suggest militaries should refrain from...

Deep Breaths: The Evolution Of Diving Mammals
2013-06-14 07:14:57

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study led by the University of Liverpool sheds new light on how diving mammals, such as the sperm whale, have evolved to be able to submerge for long periods underwater without breathing. The international team, led by Dr. Michael Berenbrink, from the University's Institute of Integrative Biology, identified a distinctive molecular signature of the oxygen-binding protein myoglobin in the sperm whale and other diving mammals....


Latest Sperm Whale Reference Libraries

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2006-09-01 13:07:05

The Pygmy Sperm Whale (Kogia breviceps) is one of three species of whale in the sperm whale family. They are not often sighted at sea and most of our understanding of the creatures comes from the study of washed-up specimens Taxonomy There has been debate and differing opinion as to the correct classification of the Pygmy and Dwarf Sperm Whales. The two were widely considered to be the same species, until 1966, when a scientist at the Smithsonian Institute definitively diagnosed them as...

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2006-08-26 19:18:28

The Sperm Whale (Physeter macrocephalus) is the largest of all toothed whales and is believed to be the largest toothed animal to ever inhabit Earth, measuring up to 60 ft (18 m) long. (The baleen blue whale is larger, and invertebrates such as the Lion's Mane Jellyfish or the Portuguese Man of War may be longer.) The whale was named after the milky-white substance spermaceti found in its head and originally mistaken for sperm. The Sperm Whale's enormous head and distinctive shape, as well as...

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2006-07-17 18:05:29

The Bowhead Whale (Balaena mysticetus), also known as Greenland Right Whale or Arctic Whale, is a marine mammal of the order Cetacea. It can grow to 20 m. (66 ft.), long. Description Bowhead whales large dark colored animals with no dorsal fin and a strongly bowed lower jaw and narrow upper jaw. The baleen plates, which are larger than three meters and the longest of the baleen whales, are used to strain tiny prey from the water. The whales have massive bony skulls which they use to...

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vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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