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Hearing Tested In Bristol Bay Beluga Whale Population
2014-05-15 03:52:01

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution The ocean is an increasingly industrialized space. Shipping, fishing, and recreational vessels, oil and gas exploration and other human activities all increase noise levels in the ocean and make it more difficult for marine mammals to hear and potentially diminish their range of hearing. “Hearing is the main way marine mammals find their way around the ocean,” said Aran Mooney, a biologist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). It’s...

Redescription Of Dolphin Skull Sheds Light On Their Origins And Evolution
2014-05-08 03:04:46

[ Watch the Video: CT Image Of The Skull Of Oldest Known Dolphin ] Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Dolphins are the most diverse family of living marine mammals and include species such as the bottlenose dolphin and the killer whale. However, their early evolution and fossil record has been steeped in mystery due to lack of good specimens. A new paper published in latest issue of the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology re-describes the oldest species of dolphin with a new name:...

Whales Hear Us More Than We Realize
2014-05-02 03:56:58

Tom Rickey, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Killer whales and other marine mammals likely hear sonar signals more than we've known. That's because commercially available sonar systems, which are designed to create signals beyond the range of hearing of such animals, also emit signals known to be within their hearing range, scientists have discovered. The sound is likely very soft and audible only when the animals are within a few hundred meters of the source, say the authors...

Antarctic minke whales
2014-04-24 06:56:44

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers have discovered the origins of a bizarre duck-like sound heard in winter and spring in the ocean around Antarctica and off Australia’s west coast. The sound – a series of low-pitched, repetitive pulses dubbed “bio-duck” – was first recorded more than half a century ago, but its source has eluded scientists, until now. Using acoustic recorders, researchers Denise Risch of NOAA's Northeast Fisheries Science...

Tracking Ecology Of sperm Whales Through Stomach Contents
2014-04-07 07:48:42

University of Massachusetts at Amherst In the largest regional study of its type to date, marine ecologists offer better understanding of the feeding ecologies of 2 very rare sperm whale species in waters off the southeast US coast, adding baseline data they say are important as climate change, fishing and pollution alters the animals' environment and food sources. “Understanding what resources support populations of these incredibly rare animals is important to conservation,”...

Japan Loses Against Australia, UN In Fight To Continue Annual Whaling
2014-03-31 14:48:05

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Japan’s highly-contentious whaling campaign experienced a major setback on Monday when a United Nations court ruled that the island nation could no longer continue its annual whale hunt in the waters around Antarctica. The International Court of Justice ruled in favor of Australia, which had sued Japan and rejected that country’s argument that the whaling has been conducted mainly for scientific reasons. “The court concludes,...

2014-03-27 13:18:34

Whales dive to nearly 2 miles depth, for over 2 hours Scientists monitored Cuvier's beaked whales' record-breaking dives to depths of nearly two miles below the ocean surface and some dives lasted for over two hours, according to results published March 26, 2014, in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Gregory Schorr from Cascadia Research Collective and colleagues. Distributed throughout the world's oceans, the Cuvier's beaked whales' frequent dives deep into the ocean make them...

Skin Bacterial Communities Similar Across Humpback Whale Populations
2014-03-27 08:48:25

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The omnipresence of bacteria in the environment as well as on our own skin makes research on how they affect human health an important topic in the scientific and medical community. But little is known about the identity or function of skin bacteria that is found on other mammals. Researchers, led by microbiologist Amy Apprill from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, have conducted a widespread study on the bacterial...

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...

Semirostrum ceruttii
2014-03-14 11:30:12

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers from Yale University have announced the discovery of a new species of ancient porpoise with a massive underbite. According to a report published in the journal Current Biology, the newly discovered cetacean had a jaw that extended nearly 2.8 feet – a unique feature that was probably used to probe to seafloor for something to eat, the study team said. "The extinct porpoise is a bizarre new animal, with the mandible...


Latest Whale Reference Libraries

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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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.