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2010-03-02 13:04:22

NOAA's new research vessel trawling for sperm whale prey in deepwater Gulf of Mexico Minerals Management Service (MMS) and National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries Service biologists have set sail to learn more about the prey of sperm whales in the northern Gulf of Mexico. The first of the research cruise's three legs was completed on February 10, 2010 and the second is underway. The first and second legs of the cruise departed from the NOAA Fisheries Service's...

2009-10-26 23:36:00

What do a West African drummer and a sperm whale have in common? According to some reports, they can both spot rhythms in the chatter of an ocean crowded with the calls of marine mammals -- a feat impossible for the untrained human ear. Now a group of marine biologists at the Littoral Acoustic Demonstration Center has developed a tool that can spot these rhythms and identify individual animals. Their results, which will be presented at a meeting of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) next...

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2009-09-22 12:30:00

The Interior Department said on Monday that U.S. scientists in the Gulf of Mexico unexpectedly netted a 19.5-foot giant squid off the coast of Louisiana, demonstrating how little is known about life in the deep waters of the Gulf, Reuters reported. Experts said the rare species had not been spotted in the Gulf of Mexico since 1954, when a giant squid was found floating dead off the Mississippi Delta. A research vessel caught the 103-pound squid more than 1,500 feet underwater while using a...

2009-05-29 14:29:00

WASHINGTON, May 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A Massachusetts man has been charged in U.S. District Court in Boston with crimes related to the illegal importation and illegal trafficking of sperm whale teeth, the Justice Department announced today. On May 13, 2009, a federal grand jury sitting in Boston, returned an indictment that was unsealed today against David L. Place of Nantucket, Mass. The indictment charges Place with multiple counts of conspiracy and Lacey Act violations for buying...

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2009-01-23 14:45:00

Wildlife officials said that more than 40 sperm whales have died after a pod of about 50 became stranded off southern Australia.  Rescuers have been trying to keep the surviving whales alive by pouring water over them. The whales are trapped on a sandbar about 500 feet offshore from Perkins Island on the northwest coast of Tasmania. Because of the whales' immense size, and that the area is only accessible by sea, the rescue is proving to be a difficult one. Liz Wren, a spokeswoman for...

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2008-09-29 14:35:00

Illusive mammals such as the beaked whale are hardly seen, mysterious, and obscure, and yet they have become the focus of new studies due to the harm that military sonar systems seem to cause them. "There's not much known about these creatures - where they live, their lifestyle," says Ted Cranford from San Diego State University. "In fact, they might be the least understood group of large mammals on Earth." This summer, the research yacht Song of the Whale, operated by the International...

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2008-05-15 11:40:00

Under the sea, predatory pilot whales take part in high-speed chases as they track down their prey.The cetaceans have been observed reaching such high speeds that scientists have likened their hunting technique to that of the cheetah, according to researchers in the Journal of Animal Ecology.Their findings may dispel the common notion of whales as large slow creatures.The research is the first to document the remarkable "burst-speed" of the pilot whale."As far as we know, no other whale has...

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2008-04-28 16:05:00

Scientists in New Zealand have begun thawing a colossal squid specimen on Monday in hopes to learn more about the rare and mysterious ocean creatures.The squid is more than 34 feet long and weighs half a ton and is currently thawing in a bath of saltwater. Scientists in Wellington then plan to dissect it in order to learn about the species, which live largely in the cold Antarctic waters and can grow up to 50 feet long."They're incredibly rare"”this is probably one of maybe six...

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2008-03-27 15:10:00

How did nature make the squid's beak super hard and sharp "“"“ allowing it, without harm to its soft body "“"“ to capture its prey? The question has captivated those interested in creating new materials that mimic biological materials. The results are published in this week's issue of the journal Science.The sharp beak of the Humboldt squid is one of the hardest and stiffest organic materials known. Engineers, biologists, and marine scientists at the University of...

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2006-12-22 10:25:00

TOKYO -- A Japanese research team has succeeded in filming a giant squid live - possibly for the first time - and says the elusive creatures may be more plentiful than previously believed, a researcher said Friday. The research team, led by Tsunemi Kubodera, videotaped the giant squid at the surface as they captured it off the Ogasawara Islands south of Tokyo earlier this month. The squid, which measured about 24-feet long, died while it was being caught. "We believe this is the first time...


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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