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2014-07-10 08:23:15

Live web coverage from America's last remaining whaleship PROVINCETOWN, Mass., July 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- OceansLIVE will broadcast from deck of the Charles W. Morgan, the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum, July 11-13 during the whaleship's historic voyage to Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20140709/125751 The Morgan, a National Historic Landmark built in 1841, is visiting historic New England ports as part of its...

Changes In Prey Available To Atlantic Cod Alter Its Distribution, Affect Success Of The Fishery
2014-06-26 03:25:10

Northeast Fisheries Science Center: NOAA A shift in the prey available to Atlantic cod in the Gulf of Maine that began nearly a decade ago contributed to the controversy that surrounded the 2011 assessment for this stock. A recent study of how this occurred may help fishery managers, scientists, and the industry understand and resolve apparent conflicts between assessment results and the experiences of the fishing industry. When the dominant prey species of Atlantic cod changed from...

2014-05-21 12:29:15

BOSTON, May 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation recently unveiled a set of paintings commemorating the historic 38(th) voyage of the whaleship Charles W. Morgan and its return to the whaling grounds in Stellwagen Bank. Created by Thomas W. Freeman, National Marine Sanctuary Foundation artist-in-residence, one painting depicts mother and calf humpback whales and other elements relating to Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary's efforts to...

Passive Acoustic Monitoring Reveals Clues To Calling Behavior And Movements Of The Minke Whale
2014-03-20 16:10:55

NOAA Scientists using passive acoustic monitoring to track minke whales in the Northwest Atlantic have found clues in the individual calling behaviors and movements of this species. These findings, recently published online in the journal Behaviour, provide insight into one of the least studied baleen whales. “Although we regularly observe minke whales in our Gulf of Maine surveys, we know very little about minke whale vocalizations and how they use sound in their behavioral and...

2014-02-25 12:20:41

WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Five years after it was first imposed by the Bush-Cheney administration, one of the most effective rules protecting endangered North Atlantic right whales migrating along the East Coast of the United States from fatal ship strikes may now be in jeopardy. The Obama Administration has begun consideration of petition to exclude waters - from New York City to Jacksonville, Florida - from the Ship Strike Rule requiring large vessels to...

Bottom-Feeding Observed In Gulf Of Maine Humpback Whales
2013-10-31 07:35:24

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Humpback whales have exhibited a complex set of feeding techniques, including "trapping" krill and other prey within bubble nets produced by the whales and gulping up to two-thirds their weight in prey-laden water. A new study, published in Marine Mammal Science, confirms that humpback whales in the southern Gulf of Maine are spending more feeding time on the ocean floor than in any of these other typical feeding behaviors. These...

Humpback Whale Song Patterns Tracked Using Passive Acoustic Tracking
2013-04-30 07:17:28

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Humpback whales are known for their songs that can be heard from miles away and new research from a team of American biologists has detailed the whales singing habits as they roam the feeding grounds of the northwest Atlantic. The study´s findings, which were published in the open access journal PLOS ONE, emphasize the usefulness of passive acoustics listening techniques in monitoring animal activity. “We have monitored...

2013-03-25 08:14:36

For decades researchers have recorded sounds from whales and other marine mammals, using a variety of methods including passive acoustic monitoring (PAM) to better understand how these animals use sound to interact with each other and with the environment. Now, for the first time, researchers report using this technology to record spawning cod in the wild. Acoustic behavior in cod has been of interest for several decades, but few studies have observed their use of sound as part of...

Is Whale Watching Becoming A Full Contact Sport?
2012-08-22 15:57:10

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Tourists have been coming from around the world to the coast of California to catch a glimpse of whales this year. From Avila Beach on the San Luis Obispo Bay to Monterrey and Santa Cruz on the Monterrey Bay to the great shipping channels of San Francisco Bay, humpback and blue whales have been out in record numbers. Blue and humpback whales are both endangered species that use the California coastline as a spring and summer feeding...

Underwater Noise Pollution Impedes Whale Communications
2012-08-16 06:01:53

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Noise pollution is a problem that plagues us all. Loud cars and trucks, music, airplanes and more create a constant cacophony we have to learn to block out of our conscious mind in order to deal with our lives. However, we aren't the only ones suffering from too much noise. According to a paper published in Conservation Biology, high levels of background noise, mainly due to ships, have reduced the ability of critically endangered...


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Atlantic Cod, Gadus morhua
2013-10-17 09:04:10

The Atlantic Cod (Gadus morhua) is a well-known benthopelagic food fish belonging to the family Gadidae. It’s also commercially known as cod, coding, or haberdine. Within the western Atlantic Ocean, cod has a distribution north of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, and around both coasts of Greenland; in the eastern Atlantic, it is found from the Bay of Biscay north to the Arctic Ocean, including the Baltic Sea, the North Sea, Sea of the Hebrides, areas around Iceland and the Barents Sea....

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  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
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