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Unusual Amount Of Gray Whales Spotted Of California Coast
2011-12-29 11:36:22

Whale watchers are saying that migrating gray whales are swimming through Southern California waters in record numbers this winter. The Los Angeles Times said on Wednesday that whale watchers at Point Vicente in Rancho Palos Verdes have recorded a record 163 sightings in December so far, which is the most that have been logged at this location in 28 years. At this time last year, observers logged 26 gray whales.  The previous record saw 133 of the mammals in 1996. "I've seen...

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2011-10-12 03:33:42

Researchers at the University of Montreal have developed a computer program that enables regulators to evaluate the ecological and economic tradeoffs between marine mammal conservation, whale watching and marine transportation activities in the Saint Lawrence Estuary. "The objective is to reduce the collision risk with whales while taking into account the impact on industry and marine transportation," said Lael Parrott, who headed the research team. The model, developed in her Complex Systems...

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2011-04-27 08:51:06

As they might with most endangered animals, scientists consider the whereabouts and activities of right whales extremely important.  "It is helpful to know where they go, why they go there and what they do when they're there," says Mark F. Baumgartner of the biology department at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). Baumgartner and his colleagues studied the behavior of right whales and sei whales"”both endangered species of baleen whales"”in the waters of the...

2011-03-09 13:50:00

YARMOUTH PORT, Mass., March 9, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Iceland is being urged to abandon its commercial whaling as the U.S. and ten other countries issued a statement condemning the cruel and unnecessary killing of endangered fin whales and minke whales. The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) called on the Icelandic government to heed the international criticism and support responsible whale watching as a humane and profitable alternative to the cruelty of whaling. The...

2011-02-16 08:40:00

SYDNEY, Feb. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) has welcomed reports that Japan has called an early halt to its cruel whaling activities in Antarctica. In November last year, in defiance of international opposition and several international laws, Japan's whaling fleet set off for the pristine Southern Ocean Sanctuary with the intention of training its harpoons on around 1,000 whales. Despite a global ban on commercial whaling, Japan has...

2010-12-15 13:09:00

FORT BRAGG, Calif., Dec. 15, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- This year the 29th annual Mendocino Coast Whale Festival offers three consecutive weekends of whale watching and other family fun, March 5-6, 11-13, and 19-20. Festival weekends take place in Fort Bragg, Mendocino, and Little River. Savor local cuisine, quaff microbrews, purchase a piece of art, enjoy local wine tastings, take a nature walk, and of course -- watch migrating Gray whales -- from coastal bluffs, by boat, even on horseback....

2010-10-01 06:45:00

CHICAGO, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Travel enthusiasts and real estate mavens are discovering that Panama's Gulf of Chiriqui is the hottest new vacation destination -- a secret humpback whales have been onto for centuries. Among the dozens of pristine emerald islands, humpback whales spend their extended summer vacation breeding and calving in the warm waters of the protected Gulf. Abe Zimmerman, Sales Director for The Resort at Isla Palenque, an ecologically sensitive Panama real estate...


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Southern Right Whale, Eubalaena australis
2013-06-22 16:13:36

The southern right whale (Eubalaena australis) is a species of baleen whale that can be found in different regions in the summer and winter seasons. During the summer, it can be found in the Southern Ocean, possibly near Antarctica. During the winter, populations disperse into many warmer areas to breed, including waters near Chile, Argentina, New Zealand, South Africa, Peru, Namibia, Brazil, Australia, and Madagascar, among other areas. Right whales were first classified by Carolus...

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2006-07-17 18:08:49

The Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) is a mammal, which belongs to the baleen whale suborder. It is a large whale: an adult usually ranges between 40"“50 ft (12"“16 m) long and weighs approximately 79,000 pounds (36,000 kilograms, or 36 tons. It is well known for its breaching (leaping out of the water) and its unusually long front fins. The Humpback Whale lives in oceans and seas around the world, and is regularly sought out by whale-watchers. Feeding The Humpback Whale...

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2006-07-12 15:07:29

The Minke Whale or Lesser Rorqual is a marine mammal belonging to the suborder of baleen whales. The Minke Whale was first identified by Lacepede in 1804. Taxonomy Most modern classifications split the Minke Whale into two species; the Common or Northern Minke Whale and the Antarctic or Southern Minke Whale. Taxonomists further categorize the Common Minke Whale into two or three subspecies; the North Atlantic Minke Whale, the North Pacific Minke Whale and Dwarf Minke Whale. All Minke...

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