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The Origins Of Whale Teeth
2013-02-20 10:30:22

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Although whales are mammals, they do not resemble any of the mammals surrounding us on land and have a unique evolutionary history. Whales have a triangular fluke for a tail, and they have no (visible) hind legs or body hair. One of the strangest differences between whales and their terrestrial cousins, however, is in the whale's mouth. Whale teeth are simpler and more "peg like" than those of other mammals. A new study...

New Species Of Whale Discovered In California Fossil Bed
2013-02-19 09:27:37

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Fossil discoveries are nothing new. And finding new species is just as common. But when you find a fossil of an animal new to science, things start to get more interesting–especially when that discovery includes not one, but four new species from the same genus. This is exactly what occurred in the Laguna Canyon outcrop, a fossil bed unearthed during a highway construction project in California in 2000. The site, which was...

Pre-Whaling Humpback Population Estimates Could Help Recovery Measures
2013-02-14 14:21:20

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online For over 50 years, conservationists have been championing the protection of humpback whales–and as the population begins to recover from decades of whaling, scientists are starting to ask about the size of the whale population before they were hunted en masse. Using a refined genetic analysis, a group of American scientists has estimated the humpback´s historical population size at more than 100,000 whales, according to...

Whale Of A Find Could Be Worth Thousands
2013-02-01 06:12:43

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Normally, stumbling across a pile of vomit while taking a stroll along the beach isn´t exactly a good thing, but in the case of one UK man, it could pay off big time. The substance in question — a lump of a rare substance known as ambergris, which has a waxy texture and is yellow in color — is produced in the digestive systems of sperm whales and is an ingredient used in some perfumes. According to Ben Jackson,...

Deformed Dolphin Accepted By Sperm Whales
2013-01-25 19:47:06

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Despite their size, sperm whales have proven themselves to be nothing to fear, as reports come in about a group adopting a handicapped dolphin into their community. Scientists found a group of sperm whales near the Azores Islands, about 900 miles off the coast of Portugal, and an unlikely companion by their side: a dolphin with a spinal deformation. Science Magazine reported two behavioral ecologists from the Leibniz...

Killer Whales Trapped In Polar Ice Finally Make Their Escape
2013-01-10 11:35:59

[Watch Video: Killer Whales Trapped In Sea Ice In Northern Canada] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A pod of killer whales that was trapped by ice in northern Canada appears to have made their escape, according to a report from CBC News. After spotting the trapped whales in the freezing waters of Hudson Bay on Wednesday, concerned residents called for the government's help to free the whales. Federal officials announced they were planning to send a team of...

Marine Robots Detect 9 Endangered Whales
2013-01-10 06:22:09

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Two underwater robots with instruments that detect the calls of baleen whales heard the ℠songs´ of nine critically endangered North Atlantic right whales in the Gulf of Maine in December, scientists reported on Wednesday. Right whales, which can weigh as much as 140,000 pounds and grow up to 55 feet in length, are thought to use the area every year between November and January as a mating ground, said researchers from...

2013-01-09 12:41:39

Animal-borne, multisensor tags attached to filter-feeding whales are revealing the fine points of how these giants of the ocean catch their prey Marine biologists are beginning to understand the varied diving and foraging strategies of filter-feeding whales by analyzing data from multisensor tags attached to the animals with suction cups. Such tags, in combination with other techniques such as echolocation, are providing a wealth of fine detail about how the world's largest creatures find...

Beluga Whales In Cook Inlet See Slight Growth In Numbers
2013-01-07 04:29:20

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The endangered beluga whales that make their home in Cook Inlet are not recovering, leaving federal conservation experts unsure as to why and fearing that the species may soon face extinction. According to the Associated Press (AP), a survey conducted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in June found that an estimated 312 belugas were living in the waters near Anchorage, Alaska -- a modest increase from...


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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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vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
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This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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