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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...

2012-12-29 05:03:49

Humpback Whales Return to Maui! Book Luxury Winter Stay Now to Experience Whale Season Up Close and Personal. Maui, HI (PRWEB) December 28, 2012 What is it about the sight of majestic 40-ton humpback whales and their calves frolicking in the warm, deep blue Pacific Ocean waters off Maui´s Wailea Beach that so intrigue and captivate Four Seasons Resort Maui guests every winter? Maybe it´s the abundance of sea life that thousands of these endangered mammals find below the surface...

Endangered Finback Whale Stranded On New York City Beach, Dies Overnight Wednesday
2012-12-27 15:07:14

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A nearly 60-foot-long whale that had been found stranded along a New York City beach on Wednesday was confirmed dead earlier today. The marine mammal, an endangered finback whale, washed up on the beach sometime Wednesday morning where it was found by a passerby, who dialed 9-1-1. Biologists rushed to the scene and discovered the animal was still breathing, yet did not have good news. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric...

Whale Songs Are For Hunting Too, Not Just Mating
2012-12-20 13:20:28

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Humpback whales have always been known to sing to their potential mates, but new research shows that the marine mammals don´t need to be “in the mood” to belt out their favorite tunes. According to a report in the open-access journal PLOS ONE, the whales also sing while on the hunt for food, making certain whale songs are the most ominous sounds krill will ever hear. In addition to finding different...

Threatened Pilot Whales Swim As A Team
2012-11-24 07:27:08

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online When long-finned pilot whales sense the presence of a potential danger, they use synchronized swimming as a defense mechanism, an international team of scientists has discovered. Scientists from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, the Doñana Biological Station (CSIC) and the Conservation, Information and Study on Cetaceans (CIRCE) studied the behavior of the approximately 300 members of the Globicephala melas...

Marine Mammals Need To Eat Right To Survive
2012-11-23 06:25:17

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online High-energy prey make for high-energy predators in the marine world. Survival, for those predators, depends on sustaining the right kind of high-energy diet, so not just any prey will do. A new study from the University of British Columbia (UBC) and the University of La Rochelle (ULR), published online in the journal PLOS ONE, is the first to show that the survival of whales and dolphins depends on the quality of their diets. These...

Rare Whale Found On New Zealand Beach
2012-11-05 15:41:19

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Perhaps one of the greatest things about science is that there´s still so much left to discover. Though scientists have been studying and cataloguing the world for hundreds of years, there are still creatures and mysteries which continue to elude us. Take, for instance, the spade-toothed whale. According to the Telegraph, scientists weren´t aware of this species of whale until some pieces of bone were discovered on...

Beluga Whales Talk Like Humans
2012-10-22 20:25:12

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online If Willy the whale from the 1993 hit Free Willy were a Beluga, the film may not have been the success it was. Not only are Killer Whales a bit more majestic than Belugas (can you imagine a goofy, white whale soaring high above Jesse and leaping its way towards freedom?) but they´re also more recognized as the quintessential whale. All this is to say, if Willy had been Beluga, he could have learned how to mimic human...

Choreography Of Whale Lunges Revealed
2012-10-13 06:23:08

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Sure, a whale can lunge underwater, but have you ever seen one do a jumping jack? Ok, so those aren´t the lunges a group of researchers were monitoring. Representing institutions from around the globe, Malene Simon, Mark Johnson, Peter Madsen and colleagues built on the previous success of another research team. In the first study, Jeremy Goldbogen and his team were able to tag blue, fin and humpback whales revealing that they...

Beluga Whale Import Request Draws Ire Of Animal Rights Activists
2012-10-10 12:45:22

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online An Atlanta-based aquarium is drawing criticism from animal rights advocates for their plans to import 18 beluga whales captured off the eastern coast of Russia. The Georgia Aquarium--acting on behalf of several other marine life centers--has applied for a federal permit to import Arctic beluga whales, claiming that they need the creatures so that they can breed them in captivity, study them, and educate the public about the...


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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