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Military Technology Tracks Blue Whales
2012-10-07 09:51:35

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports — Your Universe Online Military technology originally designed to detect enemy submarines may seem like an odd tool in the fight to keep blue whales from becoming extinct, but that's exactly what one team of scientists is attempting to do. The devices in question are sonobuoys -- a relatively small and expendable floating sonar system that is typically dropped or ejected from aircraft or ships as part of anti-submerged vessel defense maneuvers....

Killer Whale Menopause Helps Sons Survive
2012-09-14 08:43:49

Watch the Video: Killer Whales Near the San Juan Islands April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Killer whale females have the longest period of menopause of any non-human species. A new study, led by the University of Exeter and the University of York, claims this is so the female Orcas can care for their adult sons. The research shows that for a male over 30, the death of his mother means an almost 14-fold increase in the likelihood of his own death within a year....

Brazilian Humpback Whale Population Triples Over Ten Years
2012-09-04 15:38:16

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In a victory for conservationists, the Humpback Whale Institute near Salvador, Brazil announced that the amount of humpbacks along the country´s coastline has more than tripled over the past ten years. According to the Institute, the 10,000 whales that were counted off the coast this past breeding season shows a robust growth for the local whale population that numbered only 3,000 when the researchers began keeping track in 2002....

2012-09-03 23:02:47

Whale watch season is almost over in Alaska as the mountains are getting snow on them again and the days are colder with less than 30 days left in the tour season in Southeast Alaska. Juneau, Alaska (PRWEB) September 03, 2012 Whale watch season is almost over in Alaska once again. There are still nearly 2 months of whale watching left, but in about 4 weeks very few people are going to want to go as the weather really begins to pick up - meaning the mountains are already building snow on...

Whale Vomit Found On Beach Could Make 8-Year-Old Rich
2012-08-30 13:19:32

John Neumann for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A young British boy has quite a bit of extra coin in his pocket after a rare find on the beach near his home in the southern English coastal town of Christchurch, New Zealand. Eight-year old Charles Naysmith picked up an odd, lump of what he thought was an odd rock from the beach and brought it home, only to discover it was a piece of ambergris worth a pretty chuck of change, writes Jane Reader for the local paper Daily Echo....

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...

2012-08-12 23:01:02

Author, inspired by the splendor of whales, describes spiritual interactions with animals TRINITY, Newfoundland (PRWEB) August 13, 2012 Some of the most passionate activists are those who fight for the lives of whales and dolphins, such as on the Animal Planet television series. Finding majesty and intelligence in whales — some of nature´s most fascinating creatures — biophysical research scientist Peter Beamish wrote “Dancing with Nature” (published by Trafford...

Bowheads42
2012-08-01 19:15:58

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online When University of Washington marine biologist Kate Stafford set out to record whale songs in the remote, icy waters off the coast of Greenland, she had no idea that her microphones would pick up a chorus of bowhead whales, potentially signifying a resurgence of the endangered animal. Stafford detailed the five winter months of nearly 60 unique songs in an article published this week in the open-access journal Endangered Species...


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Cetology
2013-10-02 11:21:29

Cetology is a branch of marine mammal science that studies about eighty species of dolphins, whales, and porpoise, all of which are classified within the Cetacea order. Cetologists, who practice cetology, work to understand the distribution, development, behavior, and other aspects of cetaceans. The study of cetaceans began in the Classical era. About 2,300 years ago, Aristotle documented details about some cetacean species, calling them mammals, while traveling on the Aegean Sea with...

Dall’s Porpoise, Phocoenoides dalliz
2013-08-29 10:15:35

Dall’s porpoise (Phocoenoides dalliz) can only be found in the North Pacific, with a range that includes the Sea of Japan and the Okhotsk and Bering Seas. This range extends to southern California in the east and to the southern waters of Japan in the west. When normal weather patterns change and waters become colder, this species can be found in in Baja, California, specifically in Scammon's Lagoon, and strays can occasionally be found in the Chukchi Sea. It prefers to reside in cold...

North Atlantic Right Whale, Eubalaena glacialis
2013-08-26 11:17:56

The North Atlantic right whale (Eubalaena glacialis), also known as the black right whale or the northern right whale, is one of three right whales in the Eubalaena genus. It can be found in a small population of about 396 individuals in the western North Atlantic. If it does occur in the eastern North Atlantic, experts assert that it only numbers in the tens, making it nearly extinct in that area. This species migrates into the western North Atlantic to feed in the spring, summer, and fall...

Giglioli’s Whale, Amphiptera pacifica
2013-08-19 13:14:53

The Giglioli’s Whale was discovered by zoologist Enrico Hillyer Giglioli on September 4, 1867, 1200 miles of the coast of Chile. He did not recognize the whale as any known species. It was observed for 15 minutes swimming close to his ship. Giglioli described the whale as being 60 feet long with an elongated body and having two dorsal fins 6.5 feet apart. No other known species of whale has two dorsal fins. It had long sickle-shaped flippers and lacked furrows under the throat....

Antarctic Minke Whale, Balaenoptera bonaerensis
2013-06-22 16:21:07

The Antarctic minke whale (Balaenoptera bonaerensis), also known as the southern minke whale, is one of two minke whales within the Mysticeti suborder, which contains baleen and rorqual whales. It can be found in every ocean in the southern hemisphere, residing in Antarctic waters in the summer months and northern waters in the winter months, where its range overlaps that the smaller common minke whale. The Antarctic minke whale was once classified with the common minke whale as a single...

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