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Genetics Define Separate Groups And Subspecies Of The Bryde's Whale
2013-10-04 04:42:24

A group of scientists from Wildlife Conservation Society, the American Museum of Natural History, Columbia University, NOAA, and other groups are working to define separate groups and subspecies of the Bryde's whale.

New Humpback Feeding Technique
2013-09-26 15:43:14

Using “crittercams” and tagging technology, scientists have confirmed unique humpback whale feeding techniques performed along the ocean floor.

Mass Stranding Of Melon-headed Whales Attributed To Sonar Mapping
2013-09-25 15:48:07

An independent scientific review panel has concluded that the mass stranding of approximately 100 melon-headed whales in the Loza Lagoon system in northwest Madagascar in 2008 was primarily triggered by acoustic stimuli, more specifically, a multi-beam echosounder system operated by a survey vessel contracted by ExxonMobil Exploration and Production (Northern Madagascar) Limited.

Whale Earwax Helps Understand History
2013-09-17 09:55:54

To learn more about the history of whales, scientists are analyzing their waxy earplugs to explore their chronological hormone levels and exposure to chemicals.

Increased Abundance Of Humpback Whales In Critical Feeding Habitat
2013-09-12 10:37:50

Humpback whale populations are on the rise in the coastal fjords of British Columbia, doubling in size from 2004 to 2011

Humpbacks Send Winter In Antarctic
2013-09-10 10:53:02

Much to their surprise, a team of researchers found that some Southern Hemisphere humpback whales remain in Antarctic waters through the winter.

Whales Get Sunburned
2013-08-30 12:07:41

A new study found that whales experience an increase in skin pigment as a result of exposure to the sun’s rays. It also found that a whale's skin can suffer genetic damage due to UV ray exposure – just like humans.

The Ice Surrenders Its Secrets Floe By Floe
2013-08-27 12:28:35

Bowhead and minke whale sightings, extensive ice floe measurements and the successful retrieval of important moored instruments are among the successes of a multinational team of ice engineering researchers and marine biologists during their first week off the coast of northeastern Greenland on the Swedish icebreaker Oden.

New AWI Thermal Imaging System Helps Researchers Protect Large Whales From Noise Around The Clock
2013-08-13 08:19:35

Pile driving during construction of wind farms and the use of airguns when searching for oil and gas unavoidably result in noise pollution in the surrounding area.


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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