Quantcast

Latest Sperm whales Stories

71f27fdfa2727e94ab8d2cff761a9a2a1
2008-08-22 00:10:00

Endangered sperm whales living in the Gulf of Mexico have not been affected by powerful acoustic devices used by oil companies looking for new sources of hydrocarbons, according to a federally funded study released Thursday. The $9.3 million study examined the impact of offshore seismic activity for six years. Seismic work involves firing air guns into the water, on the Gulf's sperm whale population, estimated to be around 1,600. The project included researchers from eight universities, but...

2006-12-12 18:00:37

By Mladen Rudman, Northwest Florida Daily News, Fort Walton Beach Dec. 12--EGLN AFB -- The federal government could soon find out if testing sophisticated weapons in the Gulf of Mexico can coexist with protecting marine mammals. The National Marine Fisheries Service is on the verge of clearing the way for the Air Armament Center to continue evaluating the Air Force's two newest munitions in the gulf. The armament center has requested authorization to fire Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff...

2006-10-21 12:01:14

By Gabriel Tynes, Walton Sun, Santa Rosa Beach, Fla. Oct. 21--Scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the results of a necropsy on a whale that was euthanized by a Walton County Sheriff's deputy Oct. 11 would not be available until after a pathology report and peer review could be completed in the coming weeks. The report could help determine why the pregnant dwarf sperm whale beached itself near Draper Lake, and if anything could have been done to...

95fa84a0ed047375a30ffda1429662801
2006-03-30 00:05:00

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON -- Tests of blood and urine, sampling of stomach contents and checks for damage caused by sonar have all left scientists puzzled by a mass stranding of whales off the North Carolina Coast last year. Several of the animals appear to have been ill, but others were healthy, and there is not enough evidence to blame sonar used by nearby ships, a team of U.S. government researchers said on Wednesday. Last year, the United Nations...

62f1db004f5a5b60f90ca1abb3e585511
2004-12-23 19:00:25

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sperm whales routinely dive more than two miles below the ocean surface to hunt for giant squid, but a study shows the huge mammals suffer a chronic loss of bone tissue from the bends, a painful condition well-known to human divers. It has long been believed that sperm whales and other deep-diving mammals are immune from decompression illness, or the bends, which human divers encounter when they surface too rapidly and force nitrogen bubbles into their blood and tissues....


Latest Sperm whales Reference Libraries

42_7f2b597b7ae449d51263849d93aa4edd
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...

42_a2986f8a066d42747747a6c591b96723
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...

More Articles (2 articles) »
Word of the Day
out-herod
  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.
Related