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2014-06-12 08:21:27

SAINT JOHN, NB, June 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - The North Atlantic right whale was once hunted almost to extinction, but seventeen years ago Irving Oil began working with the New England Aquarium to protect this endangered species. The partnership is making a difference; the right whale population now exceeds five hundred, which is the highest population on record since research began three decades ago. Irving Oil's contribution to protecting the North Atlantic right whale helps...

Panama Protects World Trade And Saves Whales
2014-05-28 03:44:07

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Smithsonian research informs marine conservation The Republic of Panama's proposal to implement four Traffic Separation Schemes for commercial vessels entering and exiting the Panama Canal and ports was approved unanimously by the International Maritime Organization in London, May 23. Based on studies by Smithsonian marine ecologist Hector Guzman, the new shipping lanes are positioned to minimize overlap between shipping routes and humpback whale...

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...

Genetic Research Reveals Three Unique Humpback Whale Subspecies
2014-05-21 09:55:22

Gerard LeBlond for redorbit.com - Your Universe Online The humpback whale is a large baleen whale that can weigh as much as 40 tons and can be up to 50 feet long. The female breeds and births its calf in sub-tropical waters during the winter and migrates to polar regions to feed in the summer. The humpback inhabits every ocean in the world except the Mediterranean sea. Its behavior includes leaping out of the water and slapping the water’s surface with its tail and long pectoral...

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,...


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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