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1972 Law Has Done Well To Protect Sea Mammals In US Waters
2013-04-12 13:41:54

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In October 1972, Congress passed the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), a landmark law that enacted a moratorium on the import, export, and financial transaction of any marine mammal or their parts within the United States. To mark the 40th anniversary of its passage, a team of American biologists has published an analysis of the law´s effectiveness in the latest edition of the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS)....

Giant Squid, One Global Population
2013-03-21 05:59:05

[ Watch the Video: Giant Squid All One Big Happy Family ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An international team of researchers say they have discovered that the giant squid's DNA stretches across the globe, meaning the ocean beasts intermingle and mate throughout the world. The team wrote in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B that no matter where the elusive animals are found, they are so closely related at the genetic level that they represent a...

Whale Of A Find Could Be Worth Thousands
2013-02-01 06:12:43

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Normally, stumbling across a pile of vomit while taking a stroll along the beach isn´t exactly a good thing, but in the case of one UK man, it could pay off big time. The substance in question — a lump of a rare substance known as ambergris, which has a waxy texture and is yellow in color — is produced in the digestive systems of sperm whales and is an ingredient used in some perfumes. According to Ben Jackson,...

Image 1 - Disproportionate Eyes Help Giant Squids Avoid Predators
2012-03-16 04:37:46

Researchers from Swedish and American universities say that they have solved the mystery as to why giant and colossal squid have such enormous eyes, and perhaps unsurprisingly, the oversized ocular orbits are essentially a defense mechanism. According to Rob Waugh of the Daily Mail, the giant squid can be upwards of 27-feet long and can weigh half a ton, or "as much as five adult men." Even so, their eyes, which are roughly the size of a basketball, are still "far, far too big for their...

Whale Skeletons, Other Fossils Discovered at Chilean Construction Site
2011-11-20 06:19:37

A team of researchers from the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History have been racing the clock to extract whale skeletons and other marine fossils from the Atacama Desert Region of northern Chile, according to published reports Friday. According to Carolyn Gramling of Science Insider, experts from the Washington D.C.-based museum discovered more than 20 complete whale skeletons and approximately 80 individual specimens, in addition to other types of marine mammals,...

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2011-05-15 09:35:08

Whales have accents and regional dialectsWhen they dive together, sperm whales make patterns of clicks to each other known as "codas". Recent findings suggest that, not only do different codas mean different things, but that whales can also tell which member of their community is speaking based on the sound properties of the codas. Just as we can tell our friends apart by the sounds of their voices and the way they pronounce their words, different sperm whales make the same pattern of clicks,...

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2010-11-10 08:55:00

Like humans, whales can receive sunburn-like effects from overexposure to ultraviolet radiation (UVR), according to a new study printed in this week's edition of Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Researchers, including Laura Martinez-Levasseur of the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), made the discovery after studying blue whales, fin whales, and sperm whales in the Gulf of California. They also analyzed high-resolution photographs of blisters and damaged areas in skin samples. They found...

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2010-07-01 05:10:00

Fossilized remains of a giant, prehistoric sperm whale that lived 12 million years ago and had teeth and jaws so large it preyed on whales more than half its size have been discovered in Peru's Pisco basin, scientists reported Wednesday. The Leviathan melvillei, named after "Moby Dick" author Herman Melville, grew up to 60 feet long, and had interlocking, tusk-like teeth 14 inches in length for killing and capturing prey, the scientists said. Although paleontologists have long suspected a...

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2010-06-16 13:00:00

A study released on Wednesday reveals that Southern Ocean sperm whales' feces are an unexpected ally in the fight against global warming. The cetaceans have been previously fingered as climate culprits because they breathe out carbon dioxide (CO2), the commonest greenhouse gas. However, according to the paper published in the British journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, this is only part of the picture. Australian biologists estimated that the 12,000 sperm whales left in the Southern...

2010-05-28 18:02:36

Whales are remarkably diverse, with 84 living species of dramatically different sizes and more than 400 other species that have gone extinct, including some that lived partly on land. Why are there so many whale species, with so much diversity in body size? To answer that, UCLA evolutionary biologists and a colleague used molecular and computational techniques to look back 35 million years, when the ancestor of all living whales appeared, to analyze the evolutionary tempo of modern whale...


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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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