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2010-06-26 06:30:00

According to a new study, whalewatching revenue topped $2 billion in 2009 and is set to grow 10 percent this year. The researchers said that the findings boost arguments that whales are worth more alive than dead. They also coincide with a decision by the 88-nation International Whaling Commission (IWC) to move forward with a "five year strategic plan" exploring the economic benefits and ecological risks of whalewatching. The study found that about 13 million eco-tourists in 2009 paid to...

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2010-06-11 10:35:00

Park officials said Thursday that a 30-foot-long dead humpback whale washed ashore near Jones Beach State Park. According to George Gorman, spokesman for the Long Island region of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Recreation, the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation, a nonprofit marine life rescue organization, will make the determination of what to do with the whale's remains. The whale was discovered by parks' staff east of field 6 at Jones...

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2010-05-24 06:05:00

A group of conservationists and other experts said Sunday that whales and dolphins should get "human rights" to life and liberty because of growing evidence that they are highly intelligent beings. Participants at a conference at the University of Helsinki said more and more studies are showing the giant marine mammals have human-like self-awareness, an ability to communicate and organize complex societies, which makes them similar to great apes. "We affirm that all cetaceans as persons...

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2010-05-11 06:30:00

Conservationists were shocked to see a gray whale which appeared off the coast of Israel on Sunday. Gray whales are thought to be extinct across the Atlantic Ocean, so this appearance made within the Mediterranean Sea was a major surprise. The whale could have inadvertently traveled a huge distance from its natural habitat thousands of miles away in the Pacific Ocean. However, questions are now being raised about the possibility that gray whales have returned to former haunts in the...

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2010-04-12 10:35:00

After being removed from the endangered species list in 1994, the California gray whale has drawn thousands of fans to watch the peaceful goliaths make their way down the coast to their spawning grounds in Baja. But recently, whale-watching boat captains have become alarmed after sightings of the whales have dropped from 25 a day in good years to only five a day this year. Conservationists and officials are now worried about the future of the species based on the figures. The monitoring of...

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2010-03-17 08:50:00

Tourists wanting to watch and swim with dolphins are now being urged to keep their distance in a bid to protect both the animals and the local communities whose livelihoods depend on them. A study of bottlenose dolphins living off the coast of Zanzibar has found that the many tourist boats operating in the area are harassing the animals, preventing them from resting, feeding and nurturing their young. The research, led by Dr Per Berggren of Newcastle University, also highlights swimming with...

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2010-03-05 10:35:00

Australia and Japan failed to strike a deal on Thursday to end a dispute on whaling, but the U.S. negotiator said the nations would continue to seek compromise. Key players on whaling fought for a compromise in a three day meeting at a Florida beach resort to allow Japan, Norway and Iceland hunt whales openly despite a 1986 moratorium on commercial whaling. In the agreement, the whaling nations would have to put their activities under the close supervision of the 88-nation International...

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2009-12-17 08:50:57

Conservation success depends on understanding feeding behavior Scientists in Scotland, Canada and the US have proposed a new method to identify priority areas for whale conservation. The team's findings, published in Animal Conservation, suggest that even small protected areas, identified through feeding behavior, can benefit highly mobile marine predators such as killer whales. "There are enormous challenges associated with setting conservation priorities for such mobile and migratory...

2009-11-19 10:15:00

LONDON, Nov. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) is urging Japan's new government to recall its whaling fleet which is heading to Antarctica to cruelly hunt almost 1,000 whales. In defiance of global pressure and a number of international laws, the government of Japan's whaling fleet has left harbour and is now en route to the pristine Southern Ocean Sanctuary to harpoon up to 935 minke whales and 50 endangered fin whales. Despite a worldwide ban...

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2009-10-14 09:00:00

DNA from more than 1,500 whales examined After 15 years of research in the waters of the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans, scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society, the American Museum of Natural History, and an international coalition of organizations have unveiled the largest genetic study of humpback whale populations ever conducted in the Southern Hemisphere. By analyzing DNA samples from more than 1,500 whales, researchers can now peer into the population dynamics and...


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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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Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.