Large marine mammals of the order CETACEA. In the past, they were commercially valued for whale oil, for their flesh as human food and in ANIMAL FEED and FERTILIZERS, and for baleen. Today, there is a moratorium on most commercial whaling, as all species are either listed as endangered or threatened.
The species Megaptera novaeangliae, in the family Balaenopteridae, characterized by its huge flippers and the arching of their back when diving. They are also known for their breaching and singing.
The species Balaenoptera physalus, in the family Balaenopteridae, characterized by a large, strongly curved, dorsal fin. It is the second largest of the WHALES, highly migratory, but rarely seen near the shore.
The species Balaenoptera acutorostrata, in the family Balaenopteridae. It is the smallest of the WHALES in the family and though mainly oceanic, is often found in coastal waters including bays and estuaries.
The species Physeter catodon (also called Physeter macrocephalus), in the family Physeteridae. The common name is derived from the milky wax substance in its head (spermaceti). The species also produces an intestinal secretion AMBERGRIS, which was previously used in perfumes. The sperm whale is the largest toothed MAMMAL in the world.
The genus Globicephala, in the family Delphinidae, consisting of two species of DOLPHINS. They are mostly black with a stocky shape and bulbous foreheads.
A genus of WHALES in the family Balaenopteridae, consisting of five species: Blue Whale, Bryde's Whale, FIN WHALE, Sei Whale, and MINKE WHALE. They are distinguished by a relatively slender body, a compressed tail stock, and a pointed snout.
An order of wholly aquatic MAMMALS occurring in all the OCEANS and adjoining seas of the world, as well as in certain river systems. They feed generally on FISHES, cephalopods, and crustaceans. Most are gregarious and most have a relatively long period of parental care and maturation. Included are DOLPHINS; PORPOISES; and WHALES. (From Walker's Mammals of the World, 5th ed, pp969-70)
The species Balaena mysticetus, in the family Balaenidae, found in the colder waters of the Northern Hemisphere. The common name is derived from the extreme arching of the lower jaw.
Mammals of the families Delphinidae (ocean dolphins), Iniidae, Lipotidae, Pontoporiidae, and Platanistidae (all river dolphins). Among the most well-known species are the BOTTLE-NOSED DOLPHIN and the KILLER WHALE (a dolphin). The common name dolphin is applied to small cetaceans having a beaklike snout and a slender, streamlined body, whereas PORPOISES are small cetaceans with a blunt snout and rather stocky body. (From Walker's Mammals of the World, 5th ed, pp978-9)
A conjugated protein which is the oxygen-transporting pigment of muscle. It is made up of one globin polypeptide chain and one heme group.
An activity in which the organism plunges into water. It includes scuba and bell diving. Diving as natural behavior of animals goes here, as well as diving in decompression experiments with humans or animals.
The branch of physics that deals with sound and sound waves. In medicine it is often applied in procedures in speech and hearing studies. With regard to the environment, it refers to the characteristics of a room, auditorium, theatre, building, etc. that determines the audibility or fidelity of sounds in it. (From Random House Unabridged Dictionary, 2d ed)
An auditory orientation mechanism involving the emission of high frequency sounds which are reflected back to the emitter (animal).
Myoglobin which is in the oxidized ferric or hemin form. The oxidation causes a change in color from red to brown.
Large vessels propelled by power or sail used for transportation on rivers, seas, oceans, or other navigable waters. Boats are smaller vessels propelled by oars, paddles, sail, or power; they may or may not have a deck.
Mammals of the family Phocoenidae comprising four genera found in the North Pacific Ocean and both sides of the North Atlantic Ocean and in various other seas. They differ from DOLPHINS in that porpoises have a blunt snout and a rather stocky body while dolphins have a beak-like snout and a slender, streamlined body. They usually travel in small groups. (From Walker's Mammals of the World, 5th ed, pp1003-4)
The graphic registration of the frequency and intensity of sounds, such as speech, infant crying, and animal vocalizations.
Behavioral responses or sequences associated with eating including modes of feeding, rhythmic patterns of eating, and time intervals.
The industry concerned with the removal of raw materials from the Earth's crust and with their conversion into refined products.
Periodic movements of animals in response to seasonal changes or reproductive instinct. Hormonal changes are the trigger in at least some animals. Most migrations are made for reasons of climatic change, feeding, or breeding.
Sounds used in animal communication.
A group of elongate elasmobranchs. Sharks are mostly marine fish, with certain species large and voracious.
Instinctual behavior pattern in which food is obtained by killing and consuming other species.
A genus of PORPOISES, in the family Phocoenidae, comprised of several species. They frequent coastal waters, bays, estuaries, and the mouths of large rivers.
The science that deals with the ocean and its phenomena. (Webster, 3d ed)
A group of nine islands and several islets belonging to Portugal in the north Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Portugal. The islands are named after the acores, the Portuguese for goshawks, living there in abundance. (Webster's New Geographical Dictionary, 1988, p102 & Room, Brewer's Dictionary of Names, 1992, p42)
The collection, preparation, and distribution of news and related commentary and feature materials through such media as pamphlets, newsletters, newspapers, magazines, radio, motion pictures, television, and books. While originally applied to the reportage of current events in printed form, specifically newspapers, with the advent of radio and television the use of the term has broadened to include all printed and electronic communication dealing with current affairs.
The science devoted to the comparative study of man.
Content, management, editing, policies, and printing of dental periodicals such as journals, newsletters, tabloids, and bulletins.
The comparative science dealing with the physical characteristics of humans as related to their origin, evolution, and development in the total environment.
Field of social science that is concerned with differences between human groups as related to health status and beliefs.
It is the study of social phenomena which characterize the learned, shared, and transmitted social activities of particular ethnic groups with focus on the causes, consequences, and complexities of human social and cultural variability.
The species Orcinus orca, in the family Delphinidae, characterized by its black and white coloration, and huge triangular dorsal fin. It is the largest member of the DOLPHINS and derives its name from the fact that it is a fearsome predator.
Works containing information articles on subjects in every field of knowledge, usually arranged in alphabetical order, or a similar work limited to a special field or subject. (From The ALA Glossary of Library and Information Science, 1983)
The temporal sequence of events that have occurred.
Sound that expresses emotion through rhythm, melody, and harmony.
A type of non-ionizing radiation in which energy is transmitted through solid, liquid, or gas as compression waves. Sound (acoustic or sonic) radiation with frequencies above the audible range is classified as ultrasonic. Sound radiation below the audible range is classified as infrasonic.
The outer covering of the body composed of the SKIN and the skin appendages, which are the HAIR, the NAILS; and the SEBACEOUS GLANDS and the SWEAT GLANDS and their ducts.
Reductions in all or any portion of the costs of providing goods or services. Savings may be incurred by the provider or the consumer.
Leisure activities engaged in for pleasure.
Hemorrhage within the orbital cavity, posterior to the eyeball.
The tubular and cavernous organs and structures, by means of which pulmonary ventilation and gas exchange between ambient air and the blood are brought about.
The genus of lion tamarins in the subfamily CALLITRICHINAE. The common name refers to the mane on the shoulders.
A product of hard secondary xylem composed of CELLULOSE, hemicellulose, and LIGNANS, that is under the bark of trees and shrubs. It is used in construction and as a source of CHARCOAL and many other products.
Standards or regulations for construction which are designed to ensure safety against electrical hazards, fires, etc.
Large, chiefly nocturnal mammals of the cat family FELIDAE, species Panthera leo. They are found in Africa and southern Asia.

Structural dynamics of ligand diffusion in the protein matrix: A study on a new myoglobin mutant Y(B10) Q(E7) R(E10). (1/602)

A triple mutant of sperm whale myoglobin (Mb) [Leu(B10) --> Tyr, His(E7) --> Gln, and Thr(E10) --> Arg, called Mb-YQR], investigated by stopped-flow, laser photolysis, crystallography, and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations, proved to be quite unusual. Rebinding of photodissociated NO, O2, and CO from within the protein (in a "geminate" mode) allows us to reach general conclusions about dynamics and cavities in proteins. The 3D structure of oxy Mb-YQR shows that bound O2 makes two H-bonds with Tyr(B10)29 and Gln(E7)64; on deoxygenation, these two residues move toward the space occupied by O2. The bimolecular rate constant for NO binding is the same as for wild-type, but those for CO and O2 binding are reduced 10-fold. While there is no geminate recombination with O2 and CO, geminate rebinding of NO displays an unusually large and very slow component, which is pretty much abolished in the presence of xenon. These results and MD simulations suggest that the ligand migrates in the protein matrix to a major "secondary site," located beneath Tyr(B10)29 and accessible via the motion of Ile(G8)107; this site is different from the "primary site" identified by others who investigated the photolyzed state of wild-type Mb by crystallography. Our hypothesis may rationalize the O2 binding properties of Mb-YQR, and more generally to propose a mechanism of control of ligand binding and dissociation in hemeproteins based on the dynamics of side chains that may (or may not) allow access to and direct temporary sequestration of the dissociated ligand in a docking site within the protein. This interpretation suggests that very fast (picosecond) fluctuations of amino acid side chains may play a crucial role in controlling O2 delivery to tissue at a rate compatible with physiology.  (+info)

Declining survival probability threatens the North Atlantic right whale. (2/602)

The North Atlantic northern right whale (Eubalaena glacialis) is considered the most endangered large whale species. Its population has recovered only slowly since the cessation of commercial whaling and numbers about 300 individuals. We applied mark-recapture statistics to a catalog of photographically identified individuals to obtain the first statistically rigorous estimates of survival probability for this population. Crude survival decreased from about 0.99 per year in 1980 to about 0.94 in 1994. We combined this survival trend with a reported decrease in reproductive rate into a branching process model to compute population growth rate and extinction probability. Population growth rate declined from about 1. 053 in 1980 to about 0.976 in 1994. Under current conditions the population is doomed to extinction; an upper bound on the expected time to extinction is 191 years. The most effective way to improve the prospects of the population is to reduce mortality. The right whale is at risk from entanglement in fishing gear and from collisions with ships. Reducing this human-caused mortality is essential to the viability of this population.  (+info)

Sex-biased dispersal in sperm whales: contrasting mitochondrial and nuclear genetic structure of global populations. (3/602)

The social organization of most mammals is characterized by female philopatry and male dispersal. Such sex-biased dispersal can cause the genetic structure of populations to differ between the maternally inherited mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) and the bi-parental nuclear genome. Here we report on the global genetic structure of oceanic populations of the sperm whale, one of the most widely distributed mammalian species. Groups of females and juveniles are mainly found at low latitudes, while males reach polar waters, returning to tropical and subtropical waters to breed. In comparisons between oceans, we did not find significant heterogeneity in allele frequencies of microsatellite loci (exact test; p = 0.23). Estimates of GST = 0.001 and RST = 0.005 also indicated negligible if any nuclear DNA differentiation. We have previously reported significant differentiation between oceans in mtDNA sequences. These contrasting patterns suggest that interoceanic movements have been more prevalent among males than among females, consistent with observations of females being the philopatric sex and having a more limited latitudinal distribution than males. Consequently, the typical mammalian dispersal pattern may have operated on a global scale in sperm whales.  (+info)

Quench-flow experiments combined with mass spectrometry show apomyoglobin folds through and obligatory intermediate. (4/602)

Folding of apomyoglobin is characterized by formation of a compact intermediate that contains substantial helicity. To determine whether this intermediate is obligatory or whether the protein can fold directly into the native state via an alternate parallel pathway, we have combined quench-flow hydrogen-exchange pulse labeling techniques with electrospray ionization mass spectrometry. The mass spectra of apomyoglobin obtained at various refolding times suggest that apomyoglobin indeed folds through a single pathway containing an obligatory intermediate with a significant hydrogen-bonded secondary structure content.  (+info)

Purification and properties of whale thyroid-stimulating hormone III. Properties of isolated multiple components. (5/602)

Properties of the four purified components of whale thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) have been compared. The amino acid composition shows close similarity among these components. Their hexosamine and sialic acid contents are of the same magnitude, whereas the neutral sugar composition differs somewhat from each other. The molecular weight of whale TSH determined by sedimentation equilibrium is 29,000, and no difference in molecular weight as well as in Stokes radius as determined by gel filtration has been detected among these four components. The amino acid and carbohydrate compositions of whale TSH resemble those of TSH from other species, especially those of non-primate mammalian TSH. Whale TSH contains, unlike bovine TSH but like human TSH, 1-2 residues of sialic acid as a constituent carbohydrate.  (+info)

Abiotrophia balaenopterae sp. nov., isolated from the minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata). (6/602)

Phenotypic and phylogenetic studies were performed on a hitherto undescribed micro-organism isolated from a minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata). Comparative 16S rRNA gene sequencing studies demonstrated that the unknown strain constituted a new subline close to, but distinct from, Abiotrophia adiacens and Abiotrophia elegans. The unknown bacterium was readily distinguished from these two Abiotrophia species by biochemical tests and electrophoretic analysis of whole-cell proteins. On the basis of phylogenetic and phenotypic evidence, it is proposed that the unknown bacterium be classified as Abiotrophia balaenopterae sp. nov., the type strain of which is M1975/96/1T (= CCUG 37380T).  (+info)

Immunohistological distributions of fibronectin, tenascin, type I, III and IV collagens, and laminin during tooth development and degeneration in fetuses of minke whale, Balaenoptera acutorostrata. (7/602)

The immunohistological distributions of fibronectin, tenascin, type I, III and IV collagens, and laminin were observed in the tooth buds of fetuses of minke whale, Balaenoptera acutorostrata. Distributions of extracellular matrices (ECMs) examined in this study except for tenascin were generally similar to those of terrestrial mammalian species during development of the tooth bud. Tenascin in the fetuses of minke whale showed characteristic distributions in the dental lamina and the enamel organ in the early tooth developmental stage. In the physiological degeneration stage of tooth bud development, immunoreactivity of the ECMs were very weakly and limitedly detected in the dental papilla and the surrounding mesenchyme. Immunoreactivity of tenascin and type I and III collagens were positively detected in the developing baleen plate germ which was associated with the degenerating tooth bud. These findings suggested that expressions of the ECMs were related to the formation of the tooth bud and baleen plate germ, and that the lack of the ECMs was related to the degeneration of the tooth bud in the fetal minke whale.  (+info)

A study of vibrational relaxation of B-state carbon monoxide in the heme pocket of photolyzed carboxymyoglobin. (8/602)

The vibrational energy relaxation of dissociated carbon monoxide in the heme pocket of sperm whale myoglobin has been studied using equilibrium molecular dynamics simulation and normal mode analysis methods. Molecular dynamics trajectories of solvated myoglobin were run at 300 K for both the delta- and epsilon-tautomers of the distal histidine, His64. Vibrational population relaxation times were estimated using the Landau-Teller model. For carbon monoxide (CO) in the myoglobin epsilon-tautomer, for a frequency of omega0 = 2131 cm-1 corresponding to the B1 state, T1epsilon(B1) = 640 +/- 185 ps, and for a frequency of omega0 = 2119 cm-1 corresponding to the B2 state, T1epsilon(B2) = 590 +/- 175 ps. Although the CO relaxation rates in both the epsilon- and delta-tautomers are similar in magnitude, the simulations predict that the vibrational relaxation of the CO is faster in the delta-tautomer. For CO in the myoglobin delta-tautomer, it was found that the relaxation times were identical within error for the two CO substate frequencies, T1delta(B1) = 335 +/- 115 ps and T1delta(B2) = 330 +/- 145 ps. These simulation results are in reasonable agreement with experimental results of Anfinrud and coworkers (unpublished results). Normal mode calculations were used to identify the dominant coupling between the protein and CO molecules. The calculations suggest that the residues of the myoglobin pocket, acting as a first solvation shell to the CO molecule, contribute the primary "doorway" modes in the vibrational relaxation of the oscillator.  (+info)

The North Atlantic right whale (Eubalaena glacialis) is a large (up to 17 m) whale, generally black in colour with occasional white belly patches and no dorsal fin. Right whales were once common in temperate waters of the Western Atlantic but were seriously depleted by whaling. An accurate population estimate for the species is yet to be calculated. The population of North Atlantic right whales in Atlantic Canadian waters was estimated in 2003 to number about 322 animals; however more recent estimates suggest the current population numbers about 350 animals. North Atlantic right whales are protected and listed under Schedule 1, Part 2 of the Species at Risk Act (SARA).
Shark predation on North Atlantic right whales (Eubalaena glacialis) in the southeastern United States calving ground Academic Article ...
Populations of southern right whales plummeted as a result of commercial whaling.. Susan Crocetti, the marine wildlife team leader with the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, said the south-eastern population had not recovered to the same extent as populations off the coast of Western Australia, which were estimated to number about 3,000 individuals.. Our population is under 300 we and dont fully know why, she said. There just isnt a critical mass and momentum in the population for them to have recovered.. Southern right whales migrate from Antarctica each year to breed and calve in waters off the Australian east coast from about May until September or October, with the peak around July.. Unlike humpback whales, which motor up towards Queensland, southern right whales will spend time around the coastal bays of NSW to breed and give birth.. Every southern right whale has hardened patches of skin on its head. The patches are known as callosities and form patterns that are unique - like ...
In a new study published this week in Endangered Species Research, North Atlantic right whale scientists found that whales who undergo prolonged entanglements in fishing gear endure sky-high hormone levels, indicating severe stress, which researchers discovered using a pioneering technique of examining scat from live, entangled, and dead whales over 15 years.
The tiny population of critically-endangered North Atlantic right whales may not have had any calves this year, scientists fear, in what would be an “unprecedented” calamity for the species.
Beaked whales are extreme divers, with deeper and longer foraging dives than any other mammal species (Schorr et al., 2014; Shearer et al., 2019; Tyack et al., 2006). Time-depth recorders have been used to document beaked whale diving behaviour (Schorr et al., 2014; Shearer et al., 2019; Tyack et al., 2006), but direct measurements of metabolic rates or blood lactate levels do not exist. An approximation for the ADL of two beaked whale species was proposed (Tyack et al., 2006) by extrapolating from the estimated total O2 stores (93 ml O2 kg−1) and cADL (21 min) for a 330 kg Weddell seal, but these estimated ADLs of 25 min for Blainvilles beaked whale (Mesoplodon densirostris) and 33 min for Cuviers beaked whale (Ziphius cavirostris) are exceeded, by a factor of approximately two, by the average duration of foraging dives commonly performed by these whales (Tyack et al., 2006). It has been suggested that these whales use prolonged periods at shallower depths between foraging dives to recover ...
A new study offers a glimpse into the state of mind of North Atlantic right whales while they are trapped and dying in fishing gear.
Whales are separated into the toothed whales, Odontocetes (which includes dolphins, porpoises, narwhals, beaked whales and sperm whales), and the whalebone, or baleen, whales, also called Mysticetes. The latter are mostly very large, which, instead of teeth, have baleen (whalebone) to filter small prey from the water; they are what people generally think of when the word whale is used. The whalebone whales include the rorquals - the blue whale, fin whale, sei whale, Brydes whale, minke whale, and humpback whale; the Grey Whale; and the various right whales. Although whales are famed for the massive size reached by some species, such as the blue whale (the largest animal to ever live), others are relatively small, like the pygmy right whale which grows to about 20 feet[1]. Though whales have many traits in common with fish (including fins and tails) they are classified as mammals under the Linnaean taxonomy classification system because they breathe air and lactate. Whales have a number of ...
Whales are separated into the toothed whales, Odontocetes (which includes dolphins, porpoises, narwhals, beaked whales and sperm whales), and the whalebone, or baleen, whales, also called Mysticetes. The latter are mostly very large, which, instead of teeth, have baleen (whalebone) to filter small prey from the water; they are what people generally think of when the word whale is used. The whalebone whales include the rorquals - the blue whale, fin whale, sei whale, Brydes whale, minke whale, and humpback whale; the grey whale; and the various right whales. Although whales are famed for the massive size reached by some species, such as the blue whale (the largest animal to ever live), others are relatively small, like the pygmy right whale which grows to about 20 feet.[1] Though whales have many traits in common with fish (including fins and tails) they are classified as mammals under the Linnaean taxonomy classification system because they breathe air and lactate. Whales have a number of ...
Since the decimation of the southern right whale Eubalaena australis population in New Zealand by whaling, research on its recovery has focused on the wintering ground at the Auckland Islands, neglecting potentially important wintering habitat at Campbell Island. For the first time in 20 years we conducted an expedition to sub-Antarctic Campbell Island to document and describe E. australis occupying this wintering habitat. We used a variety of methods including photo-identification, genetic and stable isotope analyses of tissue samples, and visual surveys of abundance and distribution, to provide details on the demography, population connectivity and ecology of E. australis wintering at Campbell Island. Our primary findings include (1) a lack of calves observed at Campbell Island, (2) an age-class bias toward sub-adults encountered at Campbell Island, (3) nine photo-identification matches between individuals observed at Campbell Island and previously documented elsewhere in New Zealand, (4) no ...
ABSTRACT: The location of mating grounds used by Endangered North Atlantic right whales Eubalaena glacialis has eluded discovery despite centuries of whaling and decades of marine mammal surveys. If this species gestation duration is similar to the closely related southern right whale E. australis, then conception for the North Atlantic right whale occurs in the boreal winter. Between 2002 and 2008, aerial surveys identified half the North Atlantic population in the central Gulf of Maine between November and January. Generalized linear models indicated that significantly higher proportions of both known fathers and conceptive females were present in this region compared to most other areas seasonally inhabited by right whales. Their presence in the central Gulf of Maine during the estimated conception period strongly suggests that this region is a mating ground for the species. Roseway Basin, on the southwestern Scotian Shelf, also had high proportions of reproductive whales and may be the site ...
September 28, 2018 - SEAFOOD NEWS - A recent technical memorandum from NOAA on right whale recovery in 2018 could push the agency to require new limits on trap fishing technology.. In short, the memorandum says that the measures adopted to reduce the number of rope lines in the water have backfired.. Although the number of lines to individual buoys have been reduced, the remaining trawl strings have more traps and stronger rope.. The result is that whales are suffering more for entanglements than they were before the new rules were introduced.. The memorandum says that stronger rope contributed to an increase in the severity of entanglements.. Knowlton et al.(2012) showed that nearly 85% of right whales have been entangled in fishing gear at least once, 59% at least twice, and 26% of the regularly seen animals are entangled annually. These findings represent a continued increase in the percentage of whales encountering and entangling in gear, which grew from to 61.5% in 1995 (Hamilton et al. ...
This Cuviers beaked whale (Ziphius cavirostris) shows it head above the water displaying the characteristic two larger teeth as well as its truncated snout. .: Back :. ...
Not only did Foster give birth here, but so did her daughter. That made Foster one of a pair of new grandmothers among the 20 North Atlantic right whales that calved this winter.. More impressive than the Southeasts grandma whales may be the only right whale known to have given birth up north this year. Shes an old-timer named Wart, who had a grand-calf and also a great-grand-calf born this season. Right whales mature at about age 10 and give birth every three to five years.. And then theres a whale known only by her number, 1334. She gave birth to yet another approximately 12-foot, 2,000-pound bundle of joy this season. The new calf is her ninth recorded offspring, making her the most prolific right whale known.. The tally of births for the season, which is winding down in Georgia, is about average but comes as a relief after last years low count of only six babies born to the highly endangered species.. Right whale aerial surveys will continue through March 31 in south Georgia and through ...
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Through the use of autonomous vehicles and sensors, well be able to strengthen our ability to monitor and locate right whales, identifying their real-time locations, said Sara Iverson, professor, Department of Biology and Scientific Director of the Ocean Tracking Network which co-leads DAMOS. Through technology, well also be able to relay that information to the shipping and fishing fleets who share the sea with the right whales, allowing them to chart a course that mitigates conflict with this endangered species.. Found mostly along the Atlantic Coast, right whales have been threatened by entanglement in fishing gear and collisions with ships. Its estimated that less than 500 right whales are in existence. This past summer, an unprecedented number of North Atlantic right whale mortalities were reported in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.. ...
There are two types of whale: baleen and toothed.. Baleen whales have long bristle-fringed plates, known as baleen, which are made of keratin (a protein also found in human hair and fingernails) and fixed to the roof of the mouth. These sieve the minute crustaceans, such as krill, that they feed on. Baleen whales have two blowholes. And unlike some other whales, they do not use echolocation (emitting sounds to locate solid objects).. Baleen whales include the largest animals ever known. Greatest of all is the blue whale; the heaviest ever recorded was a female of 190 tonnes. Baleen whales migrate through New Zealand waters on their way south to feed on krill, which are abundant in the Southern Ocean. Of the worlds 13 species of baleen whales, eight are known in New Zealand, but only two, the southern right whale and Brydes whale, breed in New Zealand waters.. ...
Perrins beaked whale (Mesoplodon perrini) is the newest species of beaked whale to be described. The first two specimens were found in May 1975 stranded on the California coast, with two more specimens being found in 1978 and 1979, and the last in September 1997. They were initially identified as Hectors beaked whale (Mesoplodon hectori), except for the most recent one, which was assumed to be a neonate Cuviers beaked whale. Following inclusion of one of these specimens in a mtDNA sequence database of beaked whales, it turned out that they seemed well distinct from M. hectori (Dalebout et al. 1998). The other Hectors specimens from California were subsequently confirmed to belong to the same undescribed taxon (Dalebout 2002). The new species was formally described in 2002 by Dalebout et al.; its common and specific names are a tribute to cetologist William F. Perrin. Despite the superficial similarities to the (entirely allopatric) Hectors beaked whale, this species is closely related to ...
Since the work of Tower in the 1950s, we have come to expect lower neuron density in the cerebral cortex of larger brains. We studied dolphin brains varying from 783 to 6215g. As expected, average neuron density in four areas of cortex decreased from the smallest to the largest brain. Despite having a lower neuron density than smaller dolphins, the killer whale has more gray matter and more cortical neurons than any mammal, including humans. To begin a study of non-dolphin toothed whales, we measured a 596g brain of a pygmy sperm whale and a 2004g brain of a Cuviers beaked whale. We compared neuron density of Nissl stained cortex of these two brains with those of the dolphins. Non-dolphin brains had lower neuron densities compared to all of the dolphins, even the 6215g brain. The beaked whale and pygmy sperm whale we studied dive deeper and for much longer periods than the dolphins. For example, the beaked whale may dive for more than an hour, and the pygmy sperm whale more than a half hour. In ...
A collaborative Russia-U.S. research program on western gray whales (Eschrichtius robustus) summering off northeastern Sakhalin Island, Russia, has been ongoing since 1995 and has produced important new information on the present day conservation status of this critically endangered population. This interim report reviews preliminary findings from 2007 research activities and combines such with data from previous years, in some cases ranging back to 1994. Photo-identification research conducted off Sakhalin Island in 2007 resulted in the identification of 83 whales, including nine calves and two previously unidentified non-calves. When combined with data from 1994-2006, a catalog of 169 photo-identified individuals has been compiled. Not all of these 169 whales can be assumed to be alive, however. The most current mark-recapture analyses conducted estimated the abundance for the population to be 98 (95% CI=89-110) in 2002 and 99 (95% CI = 90-109) in 2003. A recent population assessment using a Bayesian
Lampreys are an amazing group of ancient fish species which first appeared around 360 million years ago. This means they evolved millions of years before the dinosaurs roamed the earth. There are about 39 species of lamprey currently described plus some additional landlocked populations and varieties. In general, lamprey are one of three different life history types and are a combination of non-parasitic and parasitic species. Non-parasitic lamprey feed on organic material and detritus in the water column. Parasitic lamprey attach to other fish species to feed on their blood and tissues. This is why lamprey are often unfairly called aquatic vampires.. Most, 22 of the 39 species, are non-parasitic and spend their entire lives in freshwater. The remainder are either parasitic spending their whole life in freshwater or, parasitic and anadromous. Anadromous parasitic lampreys grow in freshwater before migrating to the sea where they feed parasitically and then migrate back to freshwater to spawn. ...
American photographer Brian Skerry rates this meeting with a southern right whale in New Zealand waters as the most incredible animal encounter of his life. Skerry photographed the bus-sized whale - 14m long and 70 tonnes - investigating his dive assistant after the men had hitched a ride with a New Zealand research expedition to the Auckland Islands, aboard the Dunedin-based yacht Evohe. This photograph won the Underwater World category of this years Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards, the New Zealand Herald noted recently. The expedition leader, Dunedin marine biologist Dr Simon Childerhouse, said that expanding southern right whale numbers at the Auckland Islands were increasing the likelihood of Dunedin and Otago people having their own close encounters. Mating activity involving four of the whales off Taieri Mouth had been photographed by the Otago Daily Times in June last year, and the whales could be seen in the Otago Harbour. Southern right whales, New Zealand sea lions and fur ...
The North Atlantic right whale, Eubalaena glacialis, is among the most endangered of the worlds large whales with an estimated population of 350-400 individuals.
the classification of the pygmy sperm whale. The American Naturalist of 1871 had an article describing the current state of classification of kogia breviceps, including the controversy over the name kogia not being suitable for the classical Latin naming system developed by Linnaeus. It was called barbarous and undefined and others favored the more Latin sounding name euphysetes (meaning good or easy blower), yet the name kogia has remained. It was humorously suggested in this article that the name euphysetes may be applied to those so concerned about the name ...
The Gray Whales are easily recognizable because of its narrow range and a unique appearance. The Gray Whale is the sole species in the Eschrichtiidae family and this species is only found in the northern hemisphere.
Protecting right whale mothers and their young is critical to the recovery of the population, said Barb Zoodsma, NOAA Fisheries Service right whale biologist. The loss of any right whale is of concern, and we ask for everyone to adhere to measures that protect this critically endangered species.. Each year, pregnant females migrate southward more than 1,000 miles from feeding areas off Canada and New England to the warm, calm, coastal waters off South Carolina, Georgia and northeastern Florida to give birth and nurse their young. These waters are the only known calving area for the species.. Collisions with ships and entanglement in fixed fishing gear are the two greatest threats to the recovery of North Atlantic right whales, which is why it is important that all mariners and fishers are aware of the regulations. ...
NEWS FLASH: Rare Right Whale Sighted in Monterey Bay. Although this report is usually about the North Atlantic population of northern right whales, there is another group of these animals out there -- a Pacific population. The Pacific population is believed to be even smaller than the Atlantic population and quite probably on the road to extinction.. These whales are seldom seen -- but what follows is a press release from the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (released on March 2nd) about an unusual sighting there.. Rare Right Whale Sighted in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary dateline March 2. An extremely rare northern right whale, a species nearly extinct, was spotted off the Big Sur Coast last week, fleeing a pair of apparently aggressive gray whales in an unusual interaction observed by Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary officials.. Monterey Bay Sanctuary Superintendent Bill Douros and NOAA Corps pilot Lt.. Commander Matt Pickett, were aboard the Sanctuary airplane SEA WOLF, ...
Southern right whales (Eubalaena australis) in South Africa have been extensively studied since 1979 through annual photo-identification surveys. The resulting database revealed an increased rate of reproductive failure in the last decade. As reproductive success is mediated through body condition, this study aimed to assess the body condition and physiological indicators of stress of southern right whales on the South Africa breeding ground at present, and compare it to historical data and other populations. For this, aerial photographs of southern right whales were collected using an unmanned aerial vehicle in September 2019 from which body condition was assessed. Additionally, blubber biopsy samples were collected for glucocorticoid (GC) analysis and compared to the body condition estimates of individual whales. To assess temporal change, analogue aerial photographs taken in coastal South Africa in 1988 and 1989 were selected and digitized for body condition measurements, and compared to the ...
Alfred the fossil whale skull: Photo credit: Ben Healley.. Monash University scientists have played a key role in discovering the origin of filter feeding in baleen whales - the largest animal known to have ever existed.. The discovery is detailed in a paper co-written with international researchers and palaeontologists from Museum Victoria. Alfred the 25- million-year-old fossilised whale skull was unveiled at the Museum today.. Alfred shows how ancient baleen whales made the evolutionary switch from biting prey with teeth to filtering using baleen, said Monash Science Senior Research Fellow, Dr Alistair Evans, one of the authors of the paper.. They first became suction feeders. Feeding in this way resulted in reduced need for teeth, so over time their teeth were lost before baleen appeared.. There has been a lot of mystery around how and when baleen first formed.. But we now have long-sought evidence of how whales evolved from having teeth to hair-like baleen - triggering the rise of ...
The population at the sub-Antarctic Auckland Islands is showing a remarkable recovery but continues to have some of the lowest genetic diversities in the world.[151] In the Campbell Islands, recovery is slower.[41] Here, the population is estimated to have dropped to as low as 20 individuals post WWII.[129] There had been no confirmed sightings or strandings of right whales for 36 years until 1963 when four separate sightings including a cow-calf pair were made over a wide area. Remnants of sub-Antarctic populations were reported in the 1980s and re-discovered in the 1990s.[129] Today, the majority of right whales congregate at the Auckland and Campbell Islands, where they form exceptionally dense and limited congregations including mating adults and calving females. In the waters around Port Ross[152] up to 200 whales may winter at the same time.[153] It is notable that whales of all age groups[154] are present in this small area annually, not only using them as feeding and summering[155] ...
A new study of more than 100 North Atlantic right whales over 15 years shows the analysis of a hormone product in the animals waste can provide information on their stress levels and health.. (From Boston Globe/ By Ben Thompson) - These levels show stress from extreme physical trauma, lead study author Rosalind Rolland, a senior scientist at the Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life at the New England Aquarium, said in a statement.. Its an animal welfare issue, she said. For the first time, we can get hormone levels on not just dead but living whales.. The study, published this week in Endangered Species Research, covers the pioneering technique developed by Rolland used to examine feces taken from 125 right whales from 1999 to 2014. That group included a mix of 113 healthy whales, six that were chronically entangled in fishing gear, one that stranded for several days, and five that were quickly killed by vessel strikes, the aquarium said.. ...
Its always difficult to write the weekend whale watch report because theres just so much to say! Both Friday and Saturdays Breakfast with the Whales cruises were dominated by calves. On Friday, we watched as Baby tail lobbed, pec slapped and breached. Then we got to see Mom breach, followed by baby making another attempt. On Saturday, we spend most of our time with a very active and curious little calf. We saw 21 whales both days. On the 10:00 Whale Watch on Friday we saw 10 Whales of which 2 groups were competitive pods, and we even saw a few dolphins. On Saturday, guests aboard our 10:00 Whale Watch saw 15 whales in pods of twos and threes. The most exciting part of that trip was getting to witness MULTIPLE BREACHES! We saw 10 full-on breaches from the same pod of 3 whales. Our 3:00 Whales and Cocktails on both Friday and Saturday were a little quieter than the early trips. On Friday, we saw 6 whales and watched a competitive pod of 4 whales for most of the trip. On Saturday, we didnt see ...
Youll visit Stellwagen Bank, the East Coasts most famous whale watching destination. Stellwagens heavy concentration of humpback, finback, and minke whales guarantees an adventure filled with opportunities to view and learn about whales as they frolic in their natural habitat.. Each Boston Whale Watching Cruise is narrated and guided by a naturalist from the noted Whale Center of New England (WCNE). The WCNE has been studying the whales of New England for more than 20 years and its members are recognized worldwide as authorities on whales.. One of the whales youre likely to spot during a Boston Whale Watching Cruise is the humpback. These Northern hemisphere humpbacks reach an average length of 50 feet, and a weight of about 37 tons! Sadly, theyre also among the most endangered, and its estimated that only 8 percent of their original population remains. With the data collected on each cruise, WCNE is able to further the understanding of whales and their world. And, their presence on board ...
The southern right whale dolphin is a an underwater mammal that can be found in the cool waters of the southern hemisphere. This animal was first published in
With a body length of 10 m and an estimated mass of 9800 kg (Lockyer, 1981), the whale tagged with tag IV probably contained some 2001 of air after inhalation while at the surface (inferred from Clarke, 1978). If the lungs of a sperm whale collapse (Ridgway, 1971) as they do in smaller odontocetes (Ridgway et al., 1969), the whale would have had, at most, 3.51 of air available to it for sound production at a depth of 600 m. Thus, sperm whales recycle the air after each click or group of clicks (as demonstrated in Tursiops sp.; Dormer, 1979) and/or use very small volumes of air to generate each click. Considering the highly reduced air volume available for sound production when the whale is at a depth of 700 m and that sperm whales have been reported to phonate at depths of more than 2000 m (Whitney, 1968), it is conceivable that air simply is not involved in sperm whale sound production. That view, however, is not supported by experimental data on sound production in the homologous structures of ...
Because of where they live (and unlike many animals), whales are conscious breathers: they decide when to breathe. Whales breathe through blowholes. Baleen whales have two and toothed whales have one. These are on the top of the head: the animal breathes while most of their body is underwater. Breathing first shoots out extra water from the blowhole, making a jet into the air, followed by inhaling air into the lungs. All mammals sleep, including whales, but they cannot stay in an unconscious state for too long, because they need to be conscious to breathe. It is thought that only one hemisphere (half) of their brains sleeps at a time, so that whales are never completely asleep, but still get the rest they need.[9] Whales are thought to sleep around eight hours a day. A baby whale is called a calf. One calf is born every two or three years. Gestation takes up to a year. Nursing continues for more than a year in many species; there is a strong bond between mother and calf. Reproductive maturity ...
Another unusual event occurred that day as many passengers got a chance to see a critically-endangered North Atlantic right whale. This whale was breaching within view of Long Point at the very tip of Cape Cod in Provincetown. Because of their critically endangered status (it is estimated that there are only between 350 - 400 of these animals left on the entire planet) a great deal of research effort is devoted to their population. Despite the heavy survey effort, there is still a lot that we dont know about these animals. At this time of year, many of the right whales in the population spend their time in the Great South Channel on their way up to the Bay of Fundy. Why would this particular animal return to Cape Cod Bay, a primary feeding ground in the late winter and early spring?. Due to federal regulations which require that we stay at least 500 yards from these animals, we were not able to get too close, but as we rounded Long Point on our way back to Provincetown Harbor, we felt excited ...
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The size and colour of the baleen of various whales depends very much on their species. In order to allow the whale to close its mouth comfortably, the baleen plates fold so that they lie on either side of the tongue. When the mouth is opened, they spring back into form and extend from the top jaw to the bottom, held in place by the bottom lip, which prevents them from springing out of the mouth completely. The top of the mouth is arched to accommodate the baleen. Baleen whales feed by swimming, open-mouthed, through large swarms of plankton. Sizeable gulps of water are pulled through the hairy baleen; trapping the tiny krill in the bristles and then forcing the water back out. For this to occur, the whale uses its tongue to either increase the capacity of the mouth or to force the food down the animals throat. Of course, the swarms of plankton may occasionally have other fauna and flora within them, which the whale would then swallow with the rest of its mouthful of krill. However, plankton ...
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Identified as Mystacodon selenensis, the fossil whale is described as a small to medium-sized creature that had teeth, but in other ways resembled modern humpbacks and blue whales, they explained - hence its name, which Science News said translates to toothed mysticete.. The remains were discovered in the deserts of Peru by a team led by Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences paleontologist Olivier Lambert. It was approximately four meters long, or about as big as a modern-day pilot whale, and like primitive whales, still had a protruding hip bone indicating that it still had hind legs left over from when its ancestors were terrestrial quadrupeds.. However, the creature also had a flat snout similar to those of modern-day baleen whales, and while ancient whales had elbow-like joints in its front flippers, M. selenensis does not - nor do modern-day baleen whales, according to the authors of the new Current Biology paper.. Lamberts team believes that M. selenensis might have used ...
Mono- and Stereopictres of 5.0 Angstrom coordination sphere of Iron atom in PDB 2zsq: Carbonmonoxy Sperm Whale Myoglobin At 140 K: Laser on [150 Min]
Mono- and Stereopictres of 5.0 Angstrom coordination sphere of Iron atom in PDB 2zt2: Carbonmonoxy Sperm Whale Myoglobin At 120 K: Laser on [600 Min]
Death came quickly for the calf. For the adult nicknamed Cottontail, it took months. There are fewer than 375 North Atlantic right whales left. The two leading threats pushing them closer to extinction are entanglement in commercial fishing gear and being hit by ships and boats. Within two weeks last month, the Southeast coast saw…
Strange things continue to happen in our wildlife world. On Jan. 12, a North Atlantic right whale mother and calf were found living in Cape Cod Bay.
Durbin, E., Teegarden, G., Campbell, R., Cembella, A., Baumgartner, M. F., & Mate, B. R.. (2002). North Atlantic right whales, Eubalaena glacialis, exposed to paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) toxins via a zooplankton vector, Calanus finmarchicus. Harmful Algae, 1, 243-251 ...
Durbin E, Teegarden G, Campbell R, Cembella A, Baumgartner MF, Mate B. North Atlantic right whales, Eubalaena glacialis, exposed to paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) toxins via a zooplankton vector, Calanus finmarchicus. Harmful Algae. 2002 ;1:243-251. ...
The Valley of Whales (Photo: Egypts Ministry of Environment Official Facebook page) In Egypts Valley of Whales-Wadi al-Hitan-the fossils of giant, ancient whales have sat for millions of years; they were first discovered by scientists in 1902. Since then, there have been 10 fossilized whales found in the area, according to the Cairo Post. But on Tuesday, Egypts Minister of Environment announced that a new fossil had been found-a 60-foot-long basilosaurus, a type of early whale, complete down to the relatively tiny vertebrae of the tail, thats estimated to be 40 million years old.. The fossil was uncovered by an Egyptian research team, and, along with the fossil, they found the remains of crabs and sawfish inside the whale, along with smaller whale. (Its not clear whether the smaller whale was a fetus or a meal.) Nearby were a collection of sharks teeth, indicating that the whales carcass was consumed by sharks after it died.. Wadi al-Hitan was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site a ...
Minke whales feed on fish and various invertebrates; like all baleen whales they filter their food from the water using their baleen plates like sieves. Although largely a solitary species, when feeding minke whales can often be seen in pairs, and on particularly good feeding grounds up to a hundred individuals may congregate. A number of feeding techniques have been observed, including trapping shoals of fish against the surface of the water. After a ten month gestation period, births occur in mid-winter, at birth the calf measures up to 2.8 metres in length. It will be weaned at four months of age, and will stay with its mother for up to two years, becoming sexually mature at seven years of age. Minke whales have an average life span of around 50 years. Minke whales are rather inquisitive and often swim by the side of boats for up to half an hour ...
Objectives: To create a calendar on the life of the bowhead whale, incorporating natural history and traditional knowledge. The calendar includes pictures, stories, and data on the bowhead whale from different research groups.. A Year in the Life of the Bowhead Whale Calendar presentation; Download Calendar. Arctic Currents: A Year in the Life of the Bowhead Whale (an animated film) Blog This blog follows the creation of a short animated film about the annual migration of the bowhead whale. The narrative comes from the calendar above. The work is being done by University of Alaska Museum of the North, including Roger Topp, his staff and UAF student employees.The film is funded by BOEM, UAF, and CIFAR.. Arctic Currents: A Year in the Life of the Bowhead Whale (Inupiaq version) film. Arctic Currents: A Year in the Life of the Bowhead Whale (English version) film. Arctic Currents: A Year in the Life of the Bowhead Whale (Yupik version) film. You can also access these films on the UAF Museum ...
illustration of beluga whale, Delphinapterus leucas by Uko Gorter, natural history illustrator (specializing in marine mammals but will do all fauna and conceptual illustrations, anatomical drawings, logos, maps, and other graphic illustrations)
Haldiman, J.T., et al. 1985. Epidermal and papillary dermal characteristics of the bowhead whale (Balaena mysticetus). Anat. Rec. 211:391-402.. Tarpley, R.J., et al. 1987. Observations on the anatomy of the stomach and duodenum of the bowhead whale, Balaena mysticetus. Am. J. Anat. 180:295-322.. Burns, J.J., J.J Montague and C.J. Cowles (eds.). 1993. The Bowhead Whale. Special publication No. 2 of the Society of Marine Mammalogy. i-xxxvi + 787pp.. Haldiman, J.T. and Tarpley, R.T. 1993. Anatomy and Physiology. In: J.J. Burns and J.J Montague and C.J. Cowles (eds.). The Bowhead Whale. Special publication No. 2 of the Society of Marine Mammalogy. i-xxxvi + 787pp.. Willetto, C., OHara, T., Rowles, T. 2002. Bowhead Whale Health and Physiology Workshop, 2002. Barrow, AK. 129 pp.. Ford, T.J., A.J. Werth, J.C. George. 2013. An intraoral thermoregulatory organ in the bowhead whale (Balaena mysticetus), the corpus cavernosum maxillaris. The Anatomical Record 296(4):701-708.. Moran, M.M., et al. 2014. ...
The spatial distribution of Antarctic minke whales in the Ross Sea with relation to spatial distributions of their prey - krill - was investigated in this study using generalized additive models (GAMs). Spatial distributions of two species of krill (ice and Antarctic krill) were estimated by GAMs. Three abiotic factors - distance from the continental shelf break (800 m isobaths), the mean temperature and salinity from the surface to 200 m (MTEM-200 and MSAL-200), and latitude and longitude - were used as covariates for models of krill. Estimated spatial distributions of krill were then used with other covariates to model the spatial distribution of Antarctic minke whales. In the selected model of Antarctic minke whales, Antarctic krill were more influential than ice krill. The number of Antarctic minke whales increased as the density of Antarctic krill increased to around 1.5 g m−2. Beyond that, the number of Antarctic minke whales decreased as the density of Antarctic krill increased. High ...
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The behaviour evident for the various North Atlantic fin whale populations following earlier reductions through whaling differs. It ranges from clear evidence of recovery to no firm indications of any increase. An estimated 14,000 fin whales were killed off North Norway during 1876-1904, and a further 1,500 during 1948-71, but fin whales are rare there now (although quite abundant off western Spitsbergen, where about 1,500 whales had been killed during 1904-11) (Øien 2003, 2004). An estimated 12,000 fin whales were killed off Iceland during 1890-1915, until whaling was suspended partly due to concerns about the reductions in the stocks, but the modern abundance data suggest that the there has been a recovery in the population that may still be continuing, particularly west of Iceland, despite catches during 1948-89 averaging about 220 per year (Branch and Butterworth 2006). An estimated 10,000 fin whales were taken from the Faeroes, but about 25% of these were actually caught off eastern ...
Human-induced mortality from vessel collisions and bycatch in fishing gear (Panigada et al. 2006), together with the potential effects of the disturbance caused by growing whale watching activities, lead to the inference that the subpopulation is declining. Fin Whales have been described as particularly abundant during the summer months in the Corso-Ligurian-Basin, which is considered their major feeding ground in the Mediterranean Sea. A sharp decrease in Fin Whale abundance has been observed in the Pelagos Sanctuary over the last decade, with estimates of 900 individuals reported from the western Ligurian Sea in 1992 (Forcada et al. 1995), declining to significantly lower numbers (N=147; CV=27.04%; 95% CI=86-250) in 2009 (Panigada and Lauriano pers. comm.). While the sharp decrease of Fin Whales in the Pelagos Sanctuary may be due to whales relocating elsewhere within the Mediterranean, their decrease in prime Fin Whale habitat must be addressed with precaution, and a population decline in the ...
After living a long and healthy life, 46-year-old beluga whale Kavna passed away on Monday, August 6. Kavna was known to be the oldest beluga whale in any accredited aquarium in North America.. While our staff and volunteers are saddened at the loss, were left with very warm memories of her. At about 46 years of age, she was at the end of her natural life and will be greatly missed by all, including the millions of members and visitors who have connected with Canadas Arctic in a way that would not have been made possible, had it not been for direct interactions with her at the Aquarium over the past 36 years.. Preliminary results from a necropsy of the beluga whale indicate that Kavna had lesions most consistent with cancer, although an infectious cause is a small possibility. The necropsy found widespread lesions affecting the reproductive tract as well as many other tissues. The treatment and care she had been receiving were focused on treating a reproductive disorder. We had hoped that her ...
Pilot whales have a tendency to follow conspecific pilot leaders, which may explain their common name and also make them particularly vulnerable to drive fisheries and mass stranding events (Kritzler, 1952; Fehring and Wells, 1976; Ellis, 1982). Long-finned pilot whales (Globicephala melas Traill 1809) inhabit the deep waters of the North Atlantic and feed on squid and other prey normally found down to 600 m (Baird et al., 2002; Aguilar Soto et al., 2008). They do not usually dive as deeply as other pelagic odontocete cetaceans such as beaked whales or sperm whales (Heide-Jorgensen et al., 2002). Long-finned pilot whales are very similar to the short-finned pilot whale (Globicephala macrorhynchus) and differ primarily by the habitats they occupy, the long-finned pilot whale being found primarily in subpolar oceanic regions while the short-finned pilot whale is found in tropical and subtropical regions. Both species are classified as Data Deficient on the IUCN Redlist and have been included in ...
Cook Inlet belugas are one of five populations of belugas recognized within U.S. waters. The other beluga populations, which are not listed as threatened or endangered, summer in Bristol Bay, the eastern Bering Sea, the eastern Chukchi Sea and the Beaufort Sea. Of the five populations of beluga whales in Alaska, the Cook Inlet population is considered to be the most isolated based on the degree of genetic differentiation and geographic distance between the Cook Inlet population and the four other beluga populations. The recovery of Cook Inlet whales is potentially hindered by severe stranding events; continued development within and along upper Cook Inlet; industrial and municipal activities that discharge or accidentally spill pollutants; disease; predation by killer whales and losses of available prey to fishing or loss of prey habitat. Protecting habitat is essential to the beluga whales recovery.. Comments on the proposed critical habitat area must be received by Jan. 31, 2010. Send ...
Balaenoptera borealis are part of the Rorquals, a group of baleen whales which include the largest animals on Earth. Sei Whales are the third largest whale after Blue Whales and Fin Whales. Their common name, sei originates from the Danish word for Pollock fish and hval is whale in Danish. These whales were named after Pollock because they were seen in abundance while Norwegian fishers hunted for Pollock fish.. Sei Whales are baleen whales, which refers to the structure of their teeth. Instead of the common mammal tooth form, baleen whales have plates for filtering foods in and filtering water out. Different baleen plate forms emphasize the type of prey food they eat; thus baleen whales tend to be specialists in their diet. Sei Whales are unique in that unlike most rorquals, they are capable of eating all types of micro-crustacean species, making it easier for this species to adapt to its environment. B. borealis also happens to be the fastest swimmer among the baleen whales. They can gain ...
During foraging dives, sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) produce long series of regular clicks at 0.5-2 s intervals interspersed with rapid-click buzzes called creaks. Sound, depth and orientation recording Dtags were attached to 23 whales in the Ligurian Sea and Gulf of Mexico to test whether the behaviour of diving sperm whales supports the hypothesis that creaks are produced during prey capture. Sperm whales spent most of their bottom time within one or two depth bands, apparently feeding in vertically stratified prey layers. Creak rates were highest during the bottom phase: 99.8% of creaks were produced in the deepest 50% of dives, 57% in the deepest 15% of dives. Whales swam actively during the bottom phase, producing a mean of 12.5 depth inflections per dive. A mean of 32% of creaks produced during the bottom phase occurred within 10 s of an inflection (13 x more than chance). Sperm whales actively altered their body orientation throughout the bottom phase with significantly ...
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But it is too early to know whether cetacean morbillivirus killed three humpback whales and one pygmy sperm whale that have stranded since July 1 between the U.S. states of Massachusetts and Georgia, said Teri Rowles, director of the marine mammal health and stranding response program for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrations fisheries service. A fourth humpback whale was too decomposed to allow reliable testing and results are not yet available on two other pygmy sperm whales, she said.. The humpback population has rebounded, but the species is still listed as endangered.. There are too many unknowns right now, Rowles said. We would be concerned if indeed there is an outbreak of this virus in humpback whales causing clinical disease and mortality. Sometimes, she said, a marine population can carry a virus without it causing widespread harm.. There have been 14 humpback strandings - when dead or dying animals wash ashore - along the East Coast this year, double the six-year ...
This action plan addresses the entire set of populations of Blue, Fin, Sei and North Pacific Right Whales (Balaenoptera musculus, B. physalus, B. borealis, and Eubalaena japonica) in Canadian Pacific waters. It identifies recovery measures to implement the broad goals and objectives outlined in the Recovery Strategy for Blue, Fin and Sei Whales in Pacific Canadian Waters (Gregr et al. 2006), and the Recovery Strategy for North Pacific Right Whales (DFO 2011). All four species are being considered together because of their similar geographic distribution, common threats to survival, and the efficiency of integrating activities and resources required for recovery.
The rope was wrapped several times around the tail of the whale and it was also lodged in its mouth. The whale was very exposed and vulnerable in front of the shark. It seems that before the Marine Animal Entanglement Response crew from the Center for Coastal Studies arrived at the scene the whale was pretty badly injured on its left flank. The shark that attacked it was 15-foot-long.. When they discovered the whale the research team was studying the gases which humpback whales exhale. The whale was quite young and it was discovered on Stellwagen Bank which is a popular place where whales come to feed. It is five miles north of Provincetown.. Dr. Jooke Robbins, director of Humpback Whale Research at the Center for Coastal Studies said that when she first saw the whale floating with its back at the surface she thought that it was just resting. She also remarked:. ...
A Global Assessment of Gold, Titanium, Strontium and Barium Pollution Using Sperm Whales (Physeter Macrocephalus) As an Indicator Species Abstract.
Grade Two Orcas live in the north Pacific and Atlantic oceans and the cold Antarctic seas. They like colder water. They do not really migrate like other whales. They follow food. They sometimes swim past Port Alice. It is exciting when they show up. Killer Whales (orca) are toothed whales. They are called Killer Whales because their powerful mouth can eat other animals. They eat porpoises, seals, walruses, salmon, and other kinds of small fish. They eat one fish at a time and swallow them whole. Sometimes Killer Whales will attack newborn whales or whales bigger than themselves. They eat nearly a ton of food a day. Orcas live and hunt in pods or family groups. When they are hunting and find a school of fish they make a clicking sound like a squeaky door. Orcas can send out sounds strong enough to stun fish. Killer Whales have the longest dorsal fin of all whales. It helps them keep steady in the water. They are good divers. When they go under the water they close their blow hole, when they ...
NBC News republished the following article by Kacey Demer, which is entitled How Satellites Might help save the Whales and which was originally published on Live Science:. First drones, and now satellites are allowing scientists to spy on whales - for research, that is.. Though they are massive animals, whale populations are difficult to monitor, according to researchers. Drones have been used to capture footage of whales, and now scientists are turning to even higher-flying help. Researchers in Australia are using satellite imagery to track local humpback whale populations, reported the Australian Broadcasting Corp. (ABC).. Humpback whales were considered an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973. However, the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service lifted the whales endangered status last year as a result of successful conservation efforts. But despite this success, the migratory whales are difficult to track, and many population estimates are largely speculative, ...
The first recorded cetacean in captivity was a beluga whale that lived in the Boston Aquarial and Zoological Gardens (PDF) in 1861. Later that year, P.T. Barnum (the eventual founder of the Barnum and Bailey Circus) displayed two beluga whales in the basement of his New York City American Museum (not the American Museum of Natural History), followed by at least nine whales that lived and died while on display by Barnum between 1861 and 1865. Throughout the 1870s several aquariums in the United States and in Europe began to showcase particular whale species, such as beluga whales and oceanic dolphins, though few were able to keep them alive for very long. In 1938, Floridas Marine Studios, initially built as a film location for underwater productions, was quickly reinvented into a tourist attraction once the owners discovered the dolphins theatrical talents. It wasnt until the 1950s and 60s that people realized dolphins could be trained to perform elaborate tricks and routines. The U.S. Navy ...
Humpback whales are mid-sized baleen whales that frequent our area in the summer months. They get their name Humpback from a small hump on their back located just in front of their small dorsal fin. These whales have a black body with white flippers (pectoral fins). These flippers are the longest of any whale, reaching up to 15 feet. This can be a third of the whales body length! The underside of the flukes (tail) vary in color from all white to all black with everything in between. These color patterns are unique to each whale, and allow scientists to identify individuals and keep track of them. Humpbacks also have a number of bumps on their heads, called tubercles, each containing one hair. Scientists believe the whales use these hairs as a sensory device. They have anywhere from 270-400 baleen plates on each side of their mouth ...
The Great Whale Trail is a collaboration between Greenpeace and scientists working on humpback whales in the South Pacific.. With financial support from Greenpeace, humpback whales have been tagged by the Cook Islands Whale Research and Opération Cétacés (New Caledonia). The whales are now being tracked via satellite as they migrate from breeding and calving areas in the tropical South Pacific to the feeding grounds of the Southern Ocean.. Check out the early results. This project will produce important information on the movements and migratory destinations of humpback whales from small, unrecovered populations off Rarotonga (Cook Islands) and New Caledonia.. Greenpeace is communicating this critical non-lethal scientific research to the wider public as part of their campaign against Japans unnecessary lethal research in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.. On their journey, the humpbacks, like hundreds of thousands of other whales, face a range of threats including ship strikes, ...
Difference Between Whale and Shark Whale vs Shark Whales are mammals and sharks are fish. When whales give birth to young ones, sharks lay eggs. Unlike the young sharks, young whales are fed milk. The whales raise their young ones whereas sharks do not. Whales have bones whereas the sharks have no bones but only cartilage. Whales are much larger […]
Increased whaling numbers contrary to scientific and international decisions. WASHINGTON, DC: A coalition of international whale protection organisations today strongly condemned the start of Norways 2017 whaling season, which began on April 1.. The coalition believes the hunt could result in the cruel slaughter of up to 999 minke whales, a self-allocated quota more than 100 higher than that set by the Norwegian Government in 2016. In addition, 90 percent of the minke whales hunted by Norways whaling industry are females and almost all of them are pregnant, effectively nearly doubling the actual death toll and seriously impacting future generations of the species.. The increased quota comes as domestic demand for whale meat has flagged and international exports of Norwegian whale products have escalated, in contravention of global bans on both commercial whaling and international trade in whale products.. This years whaling quota, which is not authorised by the International Whaling ...
This has no cropping..... The whale was that close.....a great experience.... The Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) is a baleen whale. One of the larger rorqual species, adults range in length from 12-16 metres (40-50 ft) and weigh approximately 36,000 kilograms (79,000 lb). The Humpback has a distinctive body shape, with unusually long pectoral fins and a knobbly head. It is an acrobatic animal, often breaching and slapping the water. Males produce a complex whale song, which lasts for 10 to 20 minutes and is repeated for hours at a time. The purpose of the song is not yet clear, although it appears to have a role in mating. Found in oceans and seas around the world, Humpback Whales typically migrate up to 25,000 kilometres each year. Humpbacks feed only in summer, in polar waters, and migrate to tropical or sub-tropical waters to breed and give birth in the winter. During the winter, Humpbacks fast and live off their fat reserves. The species diet consists mostly of krill and small fish.
Two groups of whales, the humpback whale and the subspecies of blue whale found in the Indian Ocean, are known to produce a series of repetitious sounds at varying frequencies known as whale song. Marine biologist Philip Clapham describes the song as probably the most complex in the animal kingdom.[24]. Male humpback whales perform these vocalizations often during the mating season, and so it is believed the purpose of songs is to aid mate selection.[8] Whether the songs are a competitive behavior between males seeking the same mate, a means of defining territory, or a flirting behavior from a male to a female is not known and the subject of ongoing research.[citation needed] Males have been observed singing while simultaneously acting as an escort whale in the immediate vicinity of a female. Singing has also been recorded in competitive groups of whales that are composed of one female and multiple males.[citation needed]. Interest in whale song was aroused by researchers Roger Payne and ...
The continued recovery of great whales may help to buffer marine ecosystems from destabilizing stresses, the team of scientists writes. This recovered role may be especially important as climate change threatens ocean ecosystems with rising temperatures and acidification. As long-lived species, they enhance the predictability and stability of marine ecosystems, Roman said. Baleen and sperm whales, known collectively as the great whales, include the largest animals to have ever lived on Earth. With huge metabolic demands - and large populations before humans started hunting them - great whales are the oceans ecosystem engineers: they eat many fish and invertebrates, are themselves prey to other predators like killer whales, and distribute nutrients through the water. Even their carcasses, dropping to the seafloor, provide habitat for many species that only exist on these whale falls. Commercial whaling dramatically reduced the biomass and abundance of great whales.. As humpbacks, gray ...
Dear colleagues, As part of a larger bioenergetic study on baleen whales, I am looking for data on right whale and humpback whale morphometrics and body condition from carcasses (strandings, commercial/scientific catches, and similar). I am interested in data from all age classes (adult, juvenile, calves). Knowing that detailed data on these two species is quite scarce, I am looking for any of the following information (I am obviously not expecting to find all this information from the same animals): Morphometrics: -Body length (as well as distance between different body parts) -Girth (or half girth) (single or multiple sites) -Blubber thickness (single or multiple sites) -Total body weight -Blubber weight -Muscle weight -Visceral fat weight -Bone weight -Weight of other internal organs (heart, kidney, liver) -Stomach size/volume Chemical composition: -Blubber lipid concentration (total lipids, protein and water) -Muscle lipid concentration -Visceral fat lipid concentration -Bone lipid ...
Pitman said they are so different they probably cant breed with other killer whales and are likely a new species. At 20 to 25 feet long (6 to 7.5 meters), they are slightly smaller than most killer whales. In the Southern Hemisphere, killer whales are considered all one species, classified in types A through C. This one is called type D or subantarctic killer whales.. Michael McGowen, marine mammal curator at the Smithsonian, said calling it a new species without genetic data may be premature. Still, he said, I think its pretty remarkable that there are still many things out there in the ocean like a huge killer whale that we dont know about.. Scientists have heard about these distinctive whales ever since a mass stranding in New Zealand in 1955. Scientists initially thought it could be one family of killer whales that had a specific mutation, but the January discovery and all the photos in between point to a different type, Pitman said.. He said they are hard to find because they live far ...
Many proteoglycans (PGs) in the tumor microenvironment have been shown to be key macromolecules that contribute to biology of various types of cancer including proliferation, adhesion, angiogenesis and metastasis, affecting tumor progress. The four main types of proteoglycans include hyaluronan (HA), which does not occur as a PG but in free form, heparan sulfate proteoglycans (HSPGs), chondroitin sulfate proteoglycans (CSPGs), dematan sulfate proteoglycans (DSPG) and keratan sulfate proteoglycans (KSPGs) [BR:00535]. Among these proteoglycans such as HA, acting with CD44, promotes tumor cell growth and migration, whereas other proteoglycans such as syndecans (-1~-4), glypican (-1, -3) and perlecan may interact with growth factors, cytokines, morphogens and enzymes through HS chains [BR: 00536], also leading to tumor growth and invasion. In contrast, some of the small leucine-rich proteolgycans, such as decorin and lumican, can function as tumor repressors, and modulate the signaling pathways by ...
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In a recent study to be published on April 27, 2011, in the peer-reviewed open-access journal PLoS ONE, Dr. Elliott Hazen and colleagues found that oceanographic and prey measurements can be used to identify beaked whale foraging habitat. The research team from Duke University, Woods Hole, and the Naval Undersea Warfare Center listened for foraging beaked whales and measured ocean features and distributions of prey off the east coast of Andross Island in the Bahamas.. Their manuscript provides evidence that these difficult to study deep-diving creatures use specific ocean features such as salinity and temperature to find their prey. This is the first study describing their distribution and feeding habitat relative to ocean features Blainevilles beaked whales regularly dive over 1000 meters for over an hour in search of prey which varies from 400-1000 meters. The shy and elusive toothed whales feed primarily on fish and squid in the oceans deep scattering layer, an important prey resource for ...
Are you ready to experience the Orca whales like you never have before? It is incredible to witness these creatures in their natural habitat, swimming freely, and cavorting about in their family groups. Even veteran whale watchers find themselves coming back again and again to learn more about them. Whether youre visiting the Skagit Valley or you are lucky enough to live here, dont let the opportunity to see these magnificent marine mammals pass you by!. One of the best opportunities to see wild orcas is right here from Skagit Valley, February through November. Whale Watching tours depart from Anacortes and La Conner. The Salish Sea is home to one of the most precious varieties of marine life on the planet! In addition to Orcas, Humpback whales, Minke whales, and Gray whales are also frequently seen throughout the year.. ...
Importance Head of the sperm whale contains 3-4 tons of spermaceti, a substance valued as a lubricant for fine machinery and a component of automatic transmission fluid. It is also used in making ointments and fine, smokeless candles (once it solidifies into a white wax upon exposure to air). The sperm whale has also been a target of commercial whaling in years gone by, in areas around the world. The meat of the whale was not generally consumed, except in Japan. Instead, spermaceti was extracted from the head, and the teeth were often used as a medium for the artistic form of engraving and carving known as scrimshaw. The most important product obtained from sperm whales is the oil, once used as fuel for lamps and now used as a lubricant and as the base for skin creams and cosmetics. A gummy substance called ambergris forms in the large intestines of sperm whales and can be found floating on the surface of the water or washed ashore once it is expelled. It was once believed to have medicinal ...
ShareThis[1431] Yamato, M., D. R. Ketten, J. J. Arruda, S. R. Cramer, and K. Moore, The auditory anatomy of the Minke Whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata): Insights into potential sound reception pathways in a baleen whale, 19th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals, vol. Abstracts, Tampa, FL, Society for Marine Mammology, pp. 319, 11/2011. Get PDF: Abstract.pdf (format PDF / 162 KB) Ken Norris first described a potential mandibular sound reception pathway in odontocetes in 1964. To date, sound reception paths in mysticetes remain unknown. To understand hearing mechanisms in baleen whales, a thorough examination of their auditory anatomy is required. This study combines classical dissection with biomed1cal imaging techniques such as X-ray, computerized tomography (CT), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRl) to describe the anatomy of the minke whale head with a focus on the ear region. Six individuals have been examined to date ...
ShareThis[1431] Yamato, M., D. R. Ketten, J. J. Arruda, S. R. Cramer, and K. Moore, The auditory anatomy of the Minke Whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata): Insights into potential sound reception pathways in a baleen whale, 19th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals, vol. Abstracts, Tampa, FL, Society for Marine Mammology, pp. 319, 11/2011. Get PDF: Abstract.pdf (format PDF / 162 KB) Ken Norris first described a potential mandibular sound reception pathway in odontocetes in 1964. To date, sound reception paths in mysticetes remain unknown. To understand hearing mechanisms in baleen whales, a thorough examination of their auditory anatomy is required. This study combines classical dissection with biomed1cal imaging techniques such as X-ray, computerized tomography (CT), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRl) to describe the anatomy of the minke whale head with a focus on the ear region. Six individuals have been examined to date ...
Importance Head of the sperm whale contains 3-4 tons of spermaceti, a substance valued as a lubricant for fine machinery and a component of automatic transmission fluid. It is also used in making ointments and fine, smokeless candles (once it solidifies into a white wax upon exposure to air). The sperm whale has also been a target of commercial whaling in years gone by, in areas around the world. The meat of the whale was not generally consumed, except in Japan. Instead, spermaceti was extracted from the head, and the teeth were often used as a medium for the artistic form of engraving and carving known as scrimshaw. The most important product obtained from sperm whales is the oil, once used as fuel for lamps and now used as a lubricant and as the base for skin creams and cosmetics. A gummy substance called ambergris forms in the large intestines of sperm whales and can be found floating on the surface of the water or washed ashore once it is expelled. It was once believed to have medicinal ...
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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - SeaWorld Orlando says a beluga whale died shortly after it was born at the theme park and an investigation has begun into the cause of death.. The Orlando Sentinel reports that theme park officials say the calf was born this past week but was unusually weak and rose to the surface briefly before sinking to the bottom of a pool. Its mother was 17-year-old Whisper, who has lived at SeaWorld Orlando since 2010.. SeaWorld said animal care teams tried to revive the calf but were unable to save it. The cause of the newborn whales death is unclear.. Park officials say they will run a full post-mortem examination, which could take several weeks before results are finalized. They also say Whispers pregnancy appeared normal.. Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.. ...
Fermins presence along with six other whale sharks in the waters off Oslob have enticed tourists to visit the southern Cebu town to interact with the gentle giants. Local fishermen with some tourists on board paddle boats and feed the whale sharks with baby shrimps, locally called uyap, as they swim around the designated interaction area, which is about 30 meters from the shoreline.. Interaction is between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. so the whale sharks can rest. Motorboats are not allowed in whale watching.. Whale shark feeding has become a major tourism attraction and income-earner of Oslob, a fourth-class municipality with a population of about 26,000 based on the 2010 census.. But the practice has long been opposed by Aca and Lamave researchers because it disrupts the whale sharks natural feeding behavior.. In his open letter to the secretaries of the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Aca said scientists studying whale sharks in the Philippines ...
Rorqual whales (Balaenopteridae) lunge at high speed with mouth open to nearly 90 degrees in order to engulf large volumes of prey-laden water. This feeding process is enabled by extremely large skulls and mandibles that increase mouth area, thereby facilitating the flux of water into the mouth. When these mandibles are lowered during lunge-feeding, they are exposed to high drag and therefore may be subject to significant bending forces. We hypothesized that these mandibles exhibited a mechanical design (shape and density distribution) that enables these bones to accommodate high loads during lunge-feeding without exceeding their breaking strength. We used quantitative computed tomography (QCT) to determine the three-dimensional geometry and density distribution of a pair of sub-adult humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) mandibles (length = 2.10 m). QCT data indicated highest bone density and crosssectional area, and therefore high resistance to bending and deflection, from the coronoid ...
Whales from both poles migrate long distances to breed in tropical waters. Smithsonian scientist Hector M. Guzman and Fernando Félix at the Salinas Whale Museum in Ecuador tagged 47 humpbacks with satellite transmitters to understand how the humpbacks Southeastern Pacific population moves within breeding areas.. Our work fills an informational void: weve known these whales move between feeding areas and breeding areas, but we hadnt characterized their movements, and we couldnt exactly pinpoint the range of the breeding area, said Guzman, marine ecologist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama. Now we know that individuals move between countries within the breeding season and that their entire breeding area extends approximately 2,600 kilometers of non-straight coastline from Costa Rica to Peru.. For years, scientists have identified individual humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) based on their unique fluke and dorsal fin patterns. In this study funded by ...
In 2014, Oregon State University (OSU) initiated a multi-year project to study humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) migrations in the North Pacific Ocean using satellite tracking technology in combination with genetic and photo-identification (photo-ID) analyses. The study is highly relevant to management, given the need for new information arising from the recent separation of humpback whales into Distinct Population Segments (DPS) for listing under the US Endangered Species Act, including four DPSs in the North Pacific (Western North Pacific, Hawaii, Mexico, and Central America) with different conservation statuses. The projects objective was to conduct a comprehensive characterization of humpback whale movements during breeding, migration, and feeding periods by tagging animals in both a feeding area (southeastern Alaska) and a breeding area (Hawaii). In order to obtain representative results, the sampling plan called for two field efforts at each site, with Pacific Life ...
Whales (Cetacea)[edit]. *The largest whale (and largest mammal, as well as the largest animal known ever to have existed) is ... The killer whale or orca (Orcinus orca) is the largest species of the oceanic dolphin family. The largest killer whale ever ... The largest toothed whale (Odontoceti) is the sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus), bulls of which usually range up to 18.2 m ( ... The largest beaked whale is the Baird's beaked whale (Berardius bairdii) at up to 14 tonnes and 13 m (43 ft) long.[52] ...
Beluga whale[edit]. The melon of the beluga whale is also unique in that the whale can change the melon's shape at will.[10] ... Pygmy sperm whale[edit]. In the pygmy sperm whale (Kogia breviceps), the melon consists of an outer layer and an inner core. ... Pilot whales[edit]. The melon of pilot whales (Globicephala) is a mixture of wax esters and triglycerides. The inner core of ... Sperm whale[edit]. The analogous structure in the sperm whale is traditionally called "the junk" because whalers dismissed it ...
Family: Ziphiidae (beaked whales) *Genus: Ziphius *Cuvier's beaked whale Ziphius cavirostris DD ... International Whaling Commission. 5 (3): 219-232. Retrieved 2016-04-16.. CS1 maint: Uses authors parameter (link) ... The order Cetacea includes whales, dolphins and porpoises. They are the mammals most fully adapted to aquatic life with a ...
Whaling[edit]. Further information: History of Basque whaling. Most of the documents, records and official agreements gathered ... Almost all of the disputes were about whale hunting. In 1284, the town's right to hunt whales was reinstated by the authorities ... waiting for the sight of a whale. Whenever those keeping watch saw a whale, they would burn wet straw, to create a large amount ... Whale hunters from Lapurdi therefore crossed the Atlantic Ocean in pursuit of them, and they spent some time in the Labrador ...
At the peak of the whaling industry, in 1847, some 60 whale ships were based in Sag Harbor, employing 800 men in related ... No longer content to settle for harvesting beached whales, they began harvesting live whales that were coming near shore. ... During this period Sag Harbor rose to a port status, rivaling New York, due to its whale oil trade.[20][citation needed] Many ... The port rivaled that of New York.[citation needed] After 1847 the whaling industry dropped off dramatically because of the ...
Groups even attack larger cetaceans such as minke whales, gray whales, and rarely sperm whales or blue whales.[63][64] Other ... and all other whales possessing teeth, such as the beaked whales and sperm whales. Seventy-three species of toothed whales are ... The killer whale is known to prey on numerous other toothed whale species. One example is the false killer whale.[61] To subdue ... Family Ziphidae, beaked whales *Subfamily Berardiinae *Genus Berardius, giant beaked whales *Arnoux's beaked whale, Berardius ...
The parvorder of Odontocetes - the toothed whales - include sperm whales, beaked whales, killer whales, dolphins and porpoises ... Parvorder Mysticeti: baleen whales *Superfamily Balaenoidea: right whales *Family Balaenidae *Genus Balaena *Bowhead whale, ... Superfamily Ziphioidea: beaked whales *Family Ziphiidae *Genus Berardius: giant beaked whales *Arnoux's beaked whale, Berardius ... Genus Globicephala: pilot whales *Short-finned pilot whale, Globicephala macrorhyncus. *Long-finned pilot whale, Globicephala ...
"Whale belly" cars[edit]. In the early 1960s, the Union Tank Car Company introduced a series of "whale belly" tank cars which ... The whale-belly type is giving way to higher-capacity (longer), yet standard-width, AAR Plate "C", cars. ... 1963: The Union Tank Car Company introduces the "Whale Belly" tank car. ...
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Fin/blue whale hybrids[edit]. Shouldn't a page be created about the now known fin/blue whale hybrids? -Preceding unsigned ...
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The largest fossil toothed whale was the Miocene whale Livyatan melvillei which was estimated to be 13.5-17.5 m (44-57 ft) in ... However, the largest fossil whales were baleen whales (plankton feeders) from the Pliocene and Pleistocene Epochs.[39] A ... Extinct whale had teeth bigger than T. rex's". Science News. 178 (3): 17. Retrieved 2010-08-22.. ... Megalodon with whale shark (purple), great white shark (green), and human (blue) for scale. ...
... maori name for southern right whales) a whale many centuries before. The whale features in Inuit creation myths. When 'Big ... In some lore, whales have been told to work for Ryūgū-jō as well. Indigenous Ainu tribes on Hokkaido refereed killer whales as ... "Whales". Tinirau education resource. Retrieved 14 February 2010. Anon. "Whale Mythology from around the World". The Creative ... hold whales in awe and feature them in their mythologies. A prevalent whale cult in Japan occurs around the coastal area. There ...
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These callosities are a characteristic feature of the whale genus Eubalaena; because they are found on the head of the whale ... The callosities themselves are grey; the white appearance is due to large colonies of whale lice, whale barnacles and parasitic ... In whales, the term callosity refers to the rough, calcified skin patches found on the heads of the three species of right ... Young whales and diseased individuals are often infested with a different species of cyamid, which gives an orange hue rather ...
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Other species such as fin whales, sei whales, and southern minke whales are also confirmed in the area. Possibly, the region is ... "PWF ASSISTS WITH STUDY OF BLUE WHALES IN CHILE". Pacific Whale Foundation. Retrieved 2012-04-01. "Blue Whale". Annual Report ... Whales may be sighted from the shore. Boat-based whale watching is limited by the weather conditions and type of vessel ... It looks for ways to use whales in Chilean waters and preserve the marine ecosystem that do not involve killing the whales. It ...
The sperm whale, the largest toothed whale and toothed predator, has the biggest brain. The orca, the largest dolphin and pack ... Among toothed whales, maximum body size appears to be limited by food availability. Larger size, as in sperm and beaked whales ... The blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) is the largest baleen whale and the largest animal that has ever lived, at 30 metres (98 ... The sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) is the largest toothed whale and one of the largest predators in vertebrate history, ...
ISBN 978-0-07-802302-6. "Beluga Whale". 2012-06-27. Retrieved 2012-08-12. "About Whales". ... In the whale the cervical vertebrae are typically fused, an adaptation trading flexibility for stability during swimming. All ... This includes seemingly unlikely animals such as the giraffe, the camel, and the blue whale, for example. Birds usually have ...
"Ban on whale, dolphin captivity poised to become law in Canada". CBC News. Retrieved April 14, 2019. "Bill banning whale and ... In 2003, Marineland opened the "Arctic Cove" beluga whale exhibit. Beluga whales were held in Friendship Cove from May 30, 1999 ... The protesters alleged that Marineland separated mother and child killer whales too quickly and four other whales were stored ... "Beluga dies at Marineland Canada". August 31, 2000. "Abstract: Third whale dies at Marineland; Animal rights groups ...
This turned out to be a stroke of luck as he decided to go on his first whaling experience, hunting bottlenose whales just off ... On Christmas Eve, 1904, he produced the first whale oil of the season in the newly built whaling station of Grytviken. With ... Media related to Carl Anton Larsen at Wikimedia Commons Captain Carl Anton Larsen Whaling Ship C A Larsen Whaling stations of ... The Norwegian whale factory ship C.A. Larsen was named after him. Carl Anton Larsen was born in Østre Halsen, Tjolling, the son ...
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Bryde's whales, Orcas and Bottlenose dolphins live in the waters around the island. Blue whale and Southern right whales rest ... "Blue Whales". Archived from the original on 12 March 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) "Newsletter, Issue 26th ... In 2012, there were reports that a southern right whale may have calved near the island. The Pacific rat or kiore (Rattus ... CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) "Rare whale sighting off Auckland coast". Archived from the original on 7 ...
Groups even attack larger cetaceans such as minke whales, gray whales, and rarely sperm whales or blue whales.[64][65] Other ... and all other whales possessing teeth, such as the beaked whales and sperm whales. Seventy-three species of toothed whales ( ... The killer whale is known to prey on numerous other toothed whale species. One example is the false killer whale.[62] To subdue ... Family Ziphidae, beaked whales *Subfamily Berardiinae *Genus Berardius, giant beaked whales *Arnouxs beaked whale, Berardius ...
... are the worlds largest mammals. They are well known for their intelligence and for their often complex social behaviors ... Whale migration Humpback mother and calf. © Ethan Daniels Whale near Long Island Whales have returned to New York! Help us ... Meet Whales Whales are the worlds largest mammals. They are well known for their intelligence and for their often complex ... Protecting Whales Whales swim in all of the worlds oceans, but due to habitat degradation, hunting, ship strikes and ...
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The unprecedented death of whales from the Arabian Sea to the Atlantic Ocean is a horrific omen. Let me tell you why: The ... Whales perform a crucial ecological role. They are farmers of the sea. Their flocculent fecal plumes, or, defecant, is rich ... The Sei whales consumed vast amounts of squat lobsters, loaded with domoic acid-laced plankton. That nerve poison biomagnified ... Along the west coast of India there has been a six-fold increase in the death of large baleen or filter feeding whales, ...
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whale, aquatic mammal of the order Cetacea, found in all oceans of the world. Members of this order vary greatly in size and ... The family includes the humpback whale, the sei whale, the minke whale, the Brydes whale, the fin whale (or common rorqual), ... Baleen whales, such the right whale (Balaena glacialis ), the blue whale, and the minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata ), ... Types of Whales. There are two major groups of whales-the toothed whales (suborder Odontoceti) and the toothless baleen whales ...
"How Southern Resident Killer Whales are Identified". Center for Whale Research. Archived from the original ... Northwest killer whales are among the most contaminated marine mammals in the world, due to the high levels of toxic ... The worlds oldest known killer whale, Granny or J2, had belonged to and led the J pod of the SRKW population. As of October ... "Killer Whale (Orcinus orca)". NOAA Fisheries: Office of Protected Resources. 25 June 2014. Archived from the original on 16 ...
The Irish Whales or "The Whales" was a nickname given to a group of Irish, Irish-American and Irish-Canadian athletes who ... Once as he passed me he muttered under his breath, Its whales they are, not men. They used to take five plates of soup as a ... "About Some Whales, Human Variety."New York Times, June 12, 1942 "Jim Mitchel Bio, Stats, and Results". Olympics at Sports- ... On the subject of the origin of this nickname, Daly wrote: "It was on the Olympic trip of 1912 that the whale nickname took ...
Whales & Nightingales is a 1970 album by Judy Collins. It peaked at No. 17 on the Billboard Pop Albums charts. The album ... on which Collins sang to the accompaniment of humpback whales. The album was certified Gold by the RIAA in 1971, for sales of ...
Todays whales share many anatomical traits with other mammals, but the unique adaptations of species such as Physeter ... macrocephalus, the sperm whale, illustrate how organisms can transform over time as they carve out their place on the planet. ... The sperm whales sleek shape is well-suited for deep diving, this species specialty. Sperm whales can dive over 6,500 feet, ... Among sperm whales (and other toothed whales) most amazing adaptations is echolocation, the use of sound to locate objects ...
Just before gray whales appear traveling south, join us for an evening on all things cetacean-including our shared history. ... After Dark: Whales. Here in the Bay Area, we are neighbors to a variety of giant marine mammals. Just before gray whales appear ... The Wisdom of the Whale: Revelations of Postmortem Whale Study. With Dr. Pádraig Duignan. 8:30 p.m. , Gallery 3, Webcast Studio ... Discover the afterlife of a whale with two short films that creatively document the communal encounters of a whales corpse: ...
Mysticeti (*baleen whales*; cohort Mutica [1], order Cetacea [2])* A suborder that comprises three families (Eschrichtiidae [3 ... Mysticeti (baleen whales; cohort Mutica, order Cetacea) A suborder that comprises three families (Eschrichtiidae, Balaenidae, ... and Balaenopteridae) of baleen whales. Teeth are absent in adults (vestigial teeth may be present in the foetus) and transverse ... ...
As for the whales, it was a close encounter with one that inspired Miller to take on what turned out to be a scientific as well ... when the Malibu musician performs his whale-inspired music at the Point Mugu State Park Whale Festival. ... For whaling music of another era, people can check out the group Flash Packet. (The name comes from old nautical slang meaning ... He was surfing with his 13-year-old son a couple of months ago when a gray whale popped up 15 feet away and spouted twice. ...
... is among the most endangered of the worlds large whales with an estimated population of 350-400 individuals. ... Right Whales. The North Atlantic right whale, Eubalaena glacialis, is among the most endangered of the worlds large whales ... Right Whale Information. Learn about North Atlantic right whales and what to do if you spot one of these critically endangered ... and entangled whales and conduct research including photo identification and genetic sampling of right whales. Through the use ...
... one of the very earliest whales and the fossil that could have quickly closed a gap in our understanding of one of the greatest ... Discoveries of these whales since the days of Fraas and Kellogg have revealed that these whales had long skulls which retained ... Within the big picture of whale evolution, Aegyptocetus is a roughly 40-million-year-old protocerid. This was a whale that ... or even modern whales. The significance of the animal is that the whale possessed a suite of transitional features which fill ...
It sets a precedent that shoots down activist attempts at whale protection. While I understand the need for national security, ... so they overturned a lower courts ruling that forced the Navy to restrict sonar practices within 1.5 miles of a whale. ... it just sucks for the whales off the coast of California. ... two different announcements have given the whales of the world ... Oh those poor whales. The plight of just two humpback whales that got themselves lost up the Sacramento River has got the ...
... the ancient whales that gave rise to all modern whales, had asymmetrical skulls, possibly to improve whale hearing. ... By analyzing well-preserved whale skulls, researchers have found that archaeocetes, ...
Now the Japanese line is that they kill whales and need to continue to do so because their culture is different from the rest ... And the survival of their culture is obviously more important than the survival of the whale as species!) ... Short of this, I fear nothing will stop their senseless killing of the whales. ...
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... ... Whales belong to the largest beings on the planet. The Blue Whale, in fact, is the largest animal to have ever existed. Whales ... Yo mamas the largest whale that ever existed.. No but seriously, Killer Whales rule.. EDIT: Would a dolphin be a whale? ... killer whales ARE dolphins Okay lets compare.. Dolphin:. Killer Whale:. HIS EYES ARE WHITE!. I know theyre not actually white ...
P.S. Fascinating whale facts are sprinkled throughout the video. Humpback whales "have had the Ocean Internet for millions of ... That means that a whale off the coast of Portland, OR can chat with another whale near San Francisco. (via @stewartbrand) ... WhaleSynth is a cool little instrument for making whale sounds. There are three different species of whale to choose from, you ... There is evidence that humpback whales deliberately disrupt killer whale hunts, saving other animals from being killed by them. ...
An official at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says 46 whales are swimming in about 3 feet of water. (Dec. ... Federal officials say six pilot whales have died after stranding in shallow water in Everglades National Park. ... Raw: Whales stranded in Everglades Natl Park. Federal officials say six pilot whales have died after stranding in shallow ... An official at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says 46 whales are swimming in about 3 feet of water. (Dec. ...
The whales followers say a new rule that requires large ships to slow down to 10 knots as they cruise through the whales ... North Atlantic right whales are among the largest and most endangered whales. * Females of the species are giving birth off the ... Right whales were named by their hunters who once said they were the right whale to kill. When they were harpooned, the ... Wearing whale earrings, a flipper necklace and a blue windbreaker that says Whale Watch Survey Team on the back, Wood says ...
Whales are divided into two main kinds - baleen and toothed. These two groups are broken into smaller and smaller groups until ... Whales: People often use the term whale to refer to the large animals in the group. These can be both baleen whales (the ... Whale Biology. Whale Diversity. Using terms such as whales, dolphins, and porpoises can be misleading when people want a ... Some baleen whales, such as male humpbacks, produce extremely complex songs.. Echolocation diagram: How a sperm whale ...
Whale hunting has been practised in Japan since the 12th century, but a UN order to end its annual Antarctic hunt could mean ... Japans whaling past Whale hunting has been practised in Japan since the 12th century, but a UN order to end its annual ... A Japanese whaling vessel with a Brydes whale on board in a picture provided by the whalers in 2007 Photo: Rex ... The International Whaling Commission (IWC) established the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling in 1946 to ...
Richard J. Lewis exploration of the reclusive musicians efforts to create a piece of music that will summon the whales is a ... Shot around the breathtaking coastline of B.C.s Howe Sound, Whale Music is the triumphant adaptation of Paul Quarringatons ... Richard J. Lewis exploration of the reclusive musicians efforts to create a piece of music that will summon the whales is a ... Shot around the breathtaking coastline of B.C.s Howe Sound, Whale Music is the triumphant adaptation of Paul Quarringatons ...
... whale tooth whale tooth whale tooth whale tooth whale tooth whale tooth whale tooth whale tooth whale tooth whale tooth whale ... Sperm whales provided teeth; all whales provided bone;. bowhead and right whales provided baleen, a black, flexible material. ... with a fluted, whale ivory wheel all carved from. the center core of a large sperm whale tooth. depicting one of the whalers ... tooth whale tooth whale tooth whale tooth whale tooth. ... 1871 Arctic Whaling Disaster. The Whaling Disaster of 1871 was ...
Whales - Pool - Hot Tub - WiFi. This is The View at the Village at North Pointe 2 night minimum required at all times.- ... ... At times the whales are so close, you think that you could reach out and touch them. At night you can enjoy the fireplace in ... At times the whales are so close, you think that you could reach out and touch them. At night you can enjoy the fireplace in ... At times the whales are so close, you think that you could reach out and touch them. At night you can enjoy the fireplace in ...
First Listen: Freelance Whales, Diluvia Diluvias songs practically glow with multi-part vocal harmonies, banjos, strings, ... Freelance Whales new album, Diluvia, comes out Oct. 9. Courtesy of the artist hide caption ... For some, Freelance Whales may red-line the Cute-O-Meter - witness "Spitting Image," in which lead vocals are turned over to ... Freelance Whales first gigs took place on New York City streets and subway platforms, and the quintets music has never ...
"Its harvest of whales and export of fin whale meat threaten an endangered species and undermine worldwide efforts to protect ... July has proven to be an incredible month for whales with 2 back to back victories. Last week at the International Whaling ... "Icelands disregard for the International Whaling Commissions (IWC) global moratorium on commercial whaling is unacceptable," ... However the good news for whales didnt stop there as the US government formally put Iceland on notice that their hunting of ...
  • The Nature Conservancy is helping assess humpback whale populations by helping develop computer programs that can recognize humpback whales and analyze data from images and video from monitoring projects. (
  • The family includes the humpback whale, the sei whale, the minke whale, the Bryde's whale, the fin whale (or common rorqual), and the blue whale , which can grow to a length of 100 ft (30 m) and a weight of 150 tons. (
  • The orcas were able to successfully knock the seal off the ice, and just as they were closing in for the kill, a magnificent humpback whale suddenly rose up out of the water beneath the seal. (
  • In 2007, Japan announced plans to include the particularly sensitive humpback whale in their annual whaling mission and faced not only the pressure of the IWC but also the condemnation of other nations. (
  • Blowhole of a humpback whale, Maui, Hawaii. (
  • A humpback whale mum and calf swimming next to each other in crystal clear waters of Tonga. (
  • Humpback whale on Wikipedia. (
  • Using underwater speakers and microphones, Rothenberg intertwines the rhythmic rumbling, clicking, booming, honking, whooping, howling vocalizations of the humpback whale with his own improvisations on clarinet and synthesizer, creating free-form jams that give a whole new meaning to the word "fusion. (
  • The vehicle settles gently onto the soft, silty bottom 1,900 feet below us and cruises toward its destination: the skeleton of a 33-foot-long juvenile humpback whale. (
  • This included Australia, which has long questioned of the legitimacy of Japan's whaling activities. (
  • Last week at the International Whaling Commission's (IWC) meeting they changed their rules of procedure to address the rampant corruption of their process caused by Japan's vote buying by no longer allowing a country to pay their dues using cash, credit cards or other non transparent means. (
  • An international conservation committee ruled on Tuesday that Japan's domestic commercial distribution of meat from sei whales caught for scientific purposes violates the so-called Washington convention and advised the country to take corrective steps. (
  • During the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzō Abe's, visit to the UK on the 9 January, the Prime Minister expressed her disappointment at Japan's decision to leave the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and encouraged the Government to reconsider. (
  • Nearly 500 marine scientists sent a letter to the International Whaling Commission decrying Japan's so-called scientific program. (
  • 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 , which are sometimes targeted by Japan's scientific whaling program, found in the Indian and western Pacific Oceans. (
  • On Friday, Japan's whaling fleet returned home after killing 333 whales in the Antarctic, achieving its goal for the second year under a revised research whaling program. (
  • The International Court of Justice ruled in 2014 that Japan's Antarctic whaling program should stop because it wasn't scientific as Tokyo had claimed. (
  • That means Japan still plans to hunt around 850 minke whales and 50 fin whales, the same target as last year. (
  • Japan began harvesting around 300 minke whales in their first year post moratorium but also acquired permits for other whale species such as sei and sperm in the early 2000s. (
  • Whaling, once the prime threat to the world's largest mammals, is no longer a serious concern among scientists monitoring their numbers and well‑being as long as the catch of minke whales remains at what the International Whaling Commission (IWC) says is a few hundred whales a year. (
  • This year, the government says it will take a total of 935 minke whales, 50 fins, and 50 humpbacks from the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary, an area containing the oceans of the southern hemisphere below 40° South, in which commercial whaling is ostensibly prohibited. (
  • And neither the minke whale itself (three times the size of an African elephant) nor the number of whales killed since the ban is "small. (
  • According to observers of the Japanese minke whale hunts, it's typical for a catcher boat to pursue a whale for 30 minutes, or much longer, in order for the gunner to get within twenty to thirty yards of the targeted whale. (
  • Indeed, Japanese officials assert that the fact that their catches include hundreds of pregnant and nursing females proves that the population of minke whales is thriving. (
  • The fleet caught 333 minke whales as planned without any interruption by anti-whaling campaigners, the Fisheries Agency said in a statement. (
  • COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) - Norway on Saturday kicked off its annual six-month whale hunting season with whalers allowed to kill an increased quota of 999 minke whales, up from 880 animals in 2016. (
  • Norwegian officials estimate there are more than 100,000 North Atlantic minke whales - which are not an endangered species - off the long ragged western coast of Norway where the hunt takes place. (
  • A documentary recently aired on Norway's public broadcaster NRK reported that most of the minke whales hunted in Norwegian waters are female and many are pregnant. (
  • A meditation on the sight of a blue whale beached on a California shore, this film starkly observes the amassed group of onlookers and interrogates the nature of their curiosity and awe. (
  • The Blue Whale, in fact, is the largest animal to have ever existed. (
  • From the smallest whale, the 600 pound dwarf sperm, all the way up to the blue whale - the largest mammal on earth - all are classified as mammals. (
  • The carcass of a 10-meter-long whale that washed ashore on a beach in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, last Sunday has been confirmed to be a blue whale - the largest known animal to have lived on Earth. (
  • Did fishermen in Iceland kill a rare blue whale? (
  • Is it a blue whale or not? (
  • The biggest whale is the blue whale , which grows to be about 94 feet (29 m) long - the height of a 9-story building. (
  • The blue whale is the largest animal that has ever existed on Earth. (
  • Experts believe that decades of hunting in the northern zones did such damage to blue whale populations that they 'forgot' the former feeding ground. (
  • To explain the size of the great whales, whale biologists point out that the heart of a blue whale is so big a person could crawl inside. (
  • Fin whale , ( Balaenoptera physalus ), also called finback whale, razorback whale , or common rorqual , a slender baleen whale , second in size to the blue whale and distinguishable by its asymmetrical coloration. (
  • The fin whale and blue whale ( Balaeonoptera musculus ) are related, as both are rorquals belonging to the family Balaenopteridae. (
  • The blue whale is louder than a jet, which reaches only 140 decibels! (
  • Click here to hear a blue whale call (recorded by the NOAA). (
  • The blue whale has about 320 pairs of black baleen plates with dark gray bristles in the blue whale's jaws. (
  • An average-sized blue whale will eat 2,000-9,000 pounds (900-4100 kg) of plankton each day during the summer feeding season in cold, arctic waters ( about 120 days). (
  • Blue whale breeding occurs mostly in the winter to early spring while near the surface and in warm waters. (
  • The blue whale is the largest creature to have ever existed on this planet (a fact which still absolutely blows my mind and makes me feel amazingly privileged to be alive at the same time as this totemic miracle of a creature). (
  • Not often seen in temperate waters, fin whales are second in size only to the blue whale," Naessig noted. (
  • This is a thumbnail of the "Blue Whale Wordsearch" worksheet - "Shelves. (
  • The toothed whales ( systematic name Odontoceti ) are a parvorder of cetaceans that includes dolphins , porpoises , and all other whales possessing teeth , such as the beaked whales and sperm whales . (
  • Learn the results of their latest studies of the whales, dolphins, and porpoises of San Francisco Bay-plus observations about an unexpected influx of humpback whales in the Bay, how to tell a porpoise from a dolphin, and where to see either one of them in the wild. (
  • Using terms such as 'whales,' 'dolphins,' and 'porpoises' can be misleading when people want a clear picture of how whales are related. (
  • Toothed whales are the small suborder, but still include a range of species from killer whales, or orcas, to narwhals and porpoises. (
  • Cetaceans are the group of mammals that includes the whales, dolphins, and porpoises. (
  • Cetaceans include the whales, dolphins and porpoises. (
  • Whales and dolphins (and porpoises) both belong to the order Cetacea. (
  • As a nature-lover in Ontario, I can assure our politicians that the average Canadian wants to see whales, dolphins and porpoises in freedom, not in tanks. (
  • The United Nations has ordered Japan to end its annual Antarctic whale hunt in a move that could herald the end to an industry that began in the mid 19th century. (
  • First seen by the British explorer Sir James Clark Ross in 1842 and visited by a fellow countryman, Ernest Henry (later Sir Ernest) Shackleton, in 1908, the Bay of Whales served as one of the most important centres of Antarctic exploration. (
  • Given the difficulty of accurately aiming harpoons in the extreme weather conditions of the Antarctic, the whale may require several shots before it dies, or it may escape wounded. (
  • The International Court of Justice in The Hague has ruled that the Japanese whaling operations in Antarctic waters are not in accordance with the three provisions of the schedule to the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling. (
  • Tokyo (AFP) - Japanese whaling vessels returned to port on Saturday after catching more than 300 of the mammals in the Antarctic Ocean without facing any protests by anti-whaling groups, officials said. (
  • Japan conducted non-lethal whaling research in the Antarctic in 2015, and revised its program in 2016 by reducing the catch quota to about one-third of what it used to kill. (
  • Toothed whales consist of some of the most widespread mammals, but some, as with the vaquita, are restricted to certain areas. (
  • Odontocetes feed largely on fish and squid, but a few, like the killer whale , feed on mammals, such as pinnipeds . (
  • Toothed whales, as well as baleen whales, are descendants of land-dwelling mammals of the artiodactyl order (even-toed ungulates). (
  • Whales are the world's largest mammals. (
  • Like other mammals, whales breathe air, are warm-blooded, and produce milk to feed their young. (
  • Today's whales share many anatomical traits with other mammals, but the unique adaptations of species such as Physeter macrocephalus , the sperm whale, illustrate how organisms can transform over time as they carve out their place on the planet. (
  • Among sperm whales' (and other toothed whales') most amazing adaptations is echolocation, the use of sound to locate objects based on their echoes−and a way of navigating the world that is also used by some land mammals, including bats. (
  • A major gap in our understanding of whale evolutionary history was rapidly filled in, and by 2001 a confluence of genetic and anatomical studies confirmed that whales are highly modified hoofed mammals called artiodactyls. (
  • Baffled by the behavior, the scientists analyzed data from tagged whales and discovered that these massive marine mammals spend about 7 percent of their time taking short (6- to 24-minute) rests in this shallow vertical position. (
  • Whales are mammals and have many of the features and systems of mammal anatomy. (
  • But whales differ significantly from almost all other mammals-a result of their move from land to sea millions of years ago. (
  • One of the oldest known techniques for killing these huge mammals was simply spying slow whales from shore before venturing out in boats to attack using lances and harpoons. (
  • In Northern California, three out of four of the dead whales that have been examined so far appear to have died of starvation and the fourth was killed by a ship strike , said Barbie Halaska, a research assistant at The Marine Mammal Center (TMMC), a nonprofit organization that rescues and rehabilitates marine mammals in California. (
  • A Fin Whale at Pelagos Sanctuary for Mediterranean Marine Mammals. (
  • The ancient whale belonged to a group of mammals related to modern toothed whales and dolphins. (
  • Are Whales Mammals? (
  • Whales are mammals, and not fish. (
  • Whales, like many other large sea creatures, are classified as marine mammals, and certain species of whales are actually some of the largest mammals on earth. (
  • Whales, come in a variety of sizes and shapes depending on their species, but all are considered mammals. (
  • Whales are known as cetacean mammals, but also fall into one of two categories within this mammal distinction. (
  • Why Are Whales Mammals? (
  • Like all mammals, whales are warm blooded. (
  • Another major indicator that whales are mammals is that they breath air from the surface, and do not - like fish - take oxygen from the water. (
  • While whales do breath oxygen, and process it in their bodies through lungs, they do not breath air through their mouths, like most other mammals. (
  • As whales also only have one baby at a time, their reproduction rate is slower than a lot of other mammals. (
  • Female whales have produce milk in their mammary glands just like terrestrial mammals to feed their young ones. (
  • Scientists have long known that some beaked whales beach themselves and die in agony after exposure to naval sonar, and now they know why: the giant sea mammals suffer decompression sickness, just like scuba divers. (
  • The Gray whale population was thought to have recovered from commercial whaling, but now a new genetic study suggests the marine mammals once numbered between three and five times the 22,000 population estimated today. (
  • Will our consideration of whales and dolphins be based on numerical calculations of abundance, or will we recognise them as highly evolved mammals living in complex societies? (
  • Whales are large, intelligent, aquatic mammals . (
  • Toothed whales (Odontoceti) - predators that use their peg-like teeth to catch fish, squid, and marine mammals, swallowing them whole. (
  • The Navy has rejected a long list of measures that could reduce impacts to right whales, including seasonal restrictions on training during the right whale calving period, the use of third-party observers to help spot right whales and surveying the training area prior to exercises to ensure that no marine mammals are present. (
  • The Navy even refused to report marine mammals sighted during training exercises, because it would burden personnel during training exercises (an ironic explanation given the Navy's plan to rely on those same Navy personnel to spot and avoid collision with right whales). (
  • Evidence of how dangerous sonar might be for marine mammals emerged in 2000 when whales of four different species stranded themselves on beaches in the Bahamas after a U.S. Navy battle group used mid-frequency sonar in the area. (
  • North Atlantic right whales now grow smaller than they did 40 years ago, and new research suggests a leading cause is the damage human activity inflicts on the critically endangered mammals. (
  • The mammals' high fat content and buoyancy after death led to their name: whalers called them the "right whales" to kill. (
  • Save the Whales, Save the World! (
  • To read more on Hayden's Save the Whales Again Campaign: Please click on the links provided. (
  • - "Save The Whales Again! (
  • There are many ways to help save the whales. (
  • At least 32 new right whale calves -- more than ever recorded -- have been observed this season off the coasts of Georgia and Florida, where the whales migrate to give birth between late November and March. (
  • Baby whales are known as calves. (
  • It was surprising to find that these whales were sexually receptive, given that they had calves with them and were departing from their breeding grounds," says Miller. (
  • After a more than a 1,400- mile journey south, female right whales return to Georgia and Florida to give birth to their calves from November to April. (
  • The area, where salmon fishing began for the first time this summer, is used by the whales, particularly mothers and calves, for summer and autumn feeding. (
  • Experts cited by The Telegraph also opined that many of the whales were likely infants, based on the sheer number of them packed into pens - "even though the capture of whale calves is categorically forbidden. (
  • Some female killer whales stop having calves by the time they hit their 40s, but they can live until they're 90 years old. (
  • Monterey - An unusually large number of orcas have been gathering in Monterey Bay over the past eight days to gang up and kill gray whale calves at a frequency a local biologist calls "unprecedented. (
  • It's not uncommon for orcas to prey on gray whale calves," he said, adding he didn't have any other information on how frequently these attacks occur. (
  • The time for the gray whale mothers and calves is April and May, so it definitely could," she said. (
  • Usually there will still be killer whales here through that period and this looks like so far a good number of gray whale mothers and calves coming through. (
  • Not only does entanglement contribute to reduced body size for an individual whale, but female North Atlantic right whales entangled while nursing produce smaller calves. (
  • These whalers can and do ignore all the long-standing regulations of the IWC and its predecessors, such as minimum whale lengths, protected areas, and the prohibition of killing nursing mothers and calves. (
  • Every winter, right whales head south from summer feeding grounds in New England and Canada to the waters off south Georgia and north Florida to give birth to their calves. (
  • Overall whale sightings were low this season with only 21 other whales seen besides the moms and their calves. (
  • Scientists worry these reserves will be depleted and calves will be underweight if the whales spend their energy avoiding gulls. (
  • Analyzing four decades of data on killer whales in the Pacific Northwest, the authors found that when mothers and daughters breed around the same time, the calves of the older females had higher mortality rates than those of the younger females. (
  • In 1986, with whale populations in sharp decline and following protests from campaign groups, the IWC continued its efforts to stabilise whale populations by issuing a commercial whaling moratorium. (
  • From the samples, the researchers determined that the Gray whale populations would have averaged between 78,000 and 118,000 over the past tens of thousands of years - rather than the current estimated population of 22,000. (
  • April also marked the second major oil spill in six months seriously to threaten habitats of whale and dolphin populations in different parts of the world. (
  • That may be shocking because we're talking about whales, but whaling today is really not endangering any whale populations because the catch is relatively small,'' said Anne Collet, a marine biologist with the Marine Mammal Research Centre in La Rochelle, France. (
  • The two populations are only about 200 miles apart, but it makes a world of difference: The southern whales are up to 6.6 times more contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) than the northern ones. (
  • Some fin whale populations live and feed in temperate waters during the summer and migrate to warmer waters in winter to breed. (
  • The fin whale was once a commercially valuable species, but populations were substantially reduced during the mid-20th century by overhunting. (
  • Researchers attempting to define populations of a medium-sized and poorly understood baleen whale say that saving the whales often means knowing - sometimes on a genetic level - one group of whales from another. (
  • Very little is known about Bryde's whales in terms of where populations are distributed, the extent of their range, or even relationships among them at the population, sub-species and species levels," said Columbia University researcher Francine Kershaw . (
  • The ability to delineate different populations and subspecies of Bryde's whales-particularly ones threatened by low numbers and genetic diversity-will help management authorities prevent the loss of unique and distinct genetic lineages and distinct populations," said Dr. Howard Rosenbaum , director of the Wildlife Conservation Society's Ocean Giants Program. (
  • Marine managers face a conservation dilemma because of a lack of knowledge about the Bryde's whale, specifically how many species and populations there are. (
  • The research team conducted an analysis of Bryde's whale populations in the Indian and Pacific Oceans to fill in these knowledge gaps by examining new genetic samples from 56 individual whales from the waters of Oman, Maldives, and Bangladesh. (
  • The analysis revealed that the larger offshore Bryde's whale populations in Maldives, Java, and the Northwest Pacific were genetically distinct from one another. (
  • Species such as humpback whales and fin whales split into Atlantic and Pacific populations a couple million years ago and have remained distinct ever since. (
  • This is in spite of international outrage and pressure to stop the whaling, which is claimed to be "scientific" to weasel around the international commercial whaling moratorium in 1986. (
  • Many species were devastated by centuries of hunting, and the international community agreed to bring whales back from the brink of extinction by outlawing commercial whale hunts in 1986. (
  • Ever since the IWC voted in 1982 to suspend commercial whaling from 1986 on, most people have presumed that boats would no longer chase whales to exhaustion so that gunners could shoot them with explosive grenade harpoons. (
  • The International Whaling Commission imposed a commercial ban on whaling in 1986, but Norway objected. (
  • Called 'junk' by whalers, this organ contains fatty tissue that transmits sound, focusing the pulses in the process and allowing sperm whales to direct, or aim, sound waves. (
  • Gray whales were once severely threatened by whalers. (
  • During the 19th and early 20th centuries, whalers hunted gray whales to the brink of extinction B twice. (
  • BOSTON (March 3, 2016) - Members of the "Don't Buy from Icelandic Whalers" coalition have affirmed that their campaign will continue until Iceland permanently ends commercial whaling and international trading of whale products, despite breaking news that Icelandic whaling company Hvalur hf is suspending its summer hunt of endangered fin whales. (
  • Japanese whalers get away with all of this by ruthlessly exploiting a loophole, enshrined in the 1946 treaty that created the IWC, that any number of whales can be killed "for scientific purposes" if any government decides to give Special Permits to its nationals. (
  • I have been fighting outlaw whalers all my life and when I look back over the last 40 years, it is with a smile I recall all the victories and the tens of thousands of whales we have saved from the horrific harpoons. (
  • A fleet of five whalers set sail for the Southern Ocean in November, as Tokyo pursues its 'research whaling' in defiance of global criticism. (
  • Despite the new kill quota, officials say that quota of whales has not been fully taken in recent years because demand is scant for whale meat and the industry has seen its numbers decrease because of retiring whalers. (
  • They are one of two living groups of cetaceans, the other being the baleen whales (Mysticeti), which have baleen instead of teeth. (
  • There are two major groups of whales-the toothed whales (suborder Odontoceti) and the toothless baleen whales (suborder Mysticeti). (
  • baleen whales See MYSTICETI . (
  • Whales can be divided into two types by their ancestry and the way they feed-baleen whales (Mysticeti or Mysticetes) and toothed whales (Odontoceti or Odontocetes). (
  • Baleen whales (Mysticeti) - predators that sieve tiny crustaceans, small fish, and other tiny organisms from the water with baleen. (
  • SeaWorld has come under fire for its treatment of killer whales, or orcas, ever since an unflattering documentary called "Blackfish" aired in theaters in the summer of 2013 and on CNN in the fall of that year. (
  • According to news reports, 90 belugas and 11 orcas are being held in small enclosures that reporters have dubbed "whale jails" or "whale prison. (
  • And among whales, deep-water species such as pilot whales and sperm whales are more likely to strand themselves on land than whale species such as orcas ( killer whales ) that live closer to shore. (
  • Black, who's been studying orcas and other marine life in the area for nearly 30 years, said typically there are groups of five to 12 killer whales in a gray whale attack. (
  • Ever since the gray whales arrived, the orcas have parked out around the bay. (
  • Black says other pods of orcas from different areas wouldn't know how to hunt a gray whale, explaining Emma learned from her mother. (
  • Black said it's unclear how the orcas know how to be at the right place at the right time to hunt the gray whales. (
  • While the actual numbers are highly disputed, PETA argues that the average age of whales who have died in captivity since 1965 (when orcas were first captured and displayed in exhibitions) is just 12-years-old. (
  • In February 2017, over 400 pilot whales were stranded on a New Zealand South Island beach. (
  • Aspiring marine biologists, take note: Using the web platform Happywhale, citizen scientists and researchers have identified over 17,500 individual humpback whales in the Pacific Ocean, from Antarctica to Alaska. (
  • In this video, a pair of scientists talk about their work in studying the communication patterns of humpback whales to learn more about how we might someday communicate with a possible extraterrestrial intelligence. (
  • The scientists are also using Claude Shannon's information theory to study the complexity of the whales' language and eventually hope to use their findings to better detect the level of intelligence in alien messages and perhaps even the social structure of the alien civilization itself. (
  • Scientists think these brief naps may, in fact, be the only time the whales sleep. (
  • All along the West Coast, biologists and citizen scientists watch for the dappled whales, recording their numbers and tracking their behavior, Greenman said. (
  • In a study recently published in Nature Communications , researchers have found that sperm whales not only have such a language system, but that they seem to have distinct dialects, suggesting that these whales use cultural learning to form multilevel, social structures, where individual whales with the same behaviors seem to band together in what the scientists are calling 'clans. (
  • But thanks to collaborative efforts by The Nature Conservancy, fishermen, agency partners and scientists, there are new protections in place to reduce the risk of whales getting entangled in fishing gear off California's coast. (
  • In response to urgent concerns around increasing entanglements of humpbacks and gray whales off California, specifically in Dungeness crab fishing gear, the Conservancy joined with fishermen, state and federal fishery managers, scientists and other conservation organizations to form the Dungeness Crab Fishing Gear Working Group to understand and address whale entanglements in California. (
  • Scientists have long theorized that millions of years ago, whales had legs, dividing time between land and sea. (
  • Many scientists already thought modern whales evolved from hooved, deer-like creatures , and aegyptocetus could provide "valuable information about the transition from land to sea," says Yong. (
  • The very existence of the North Atlantic right whale is imperiled as scientists estimate that only between 300 and 400 whales remain. (
  • From voracious crocodiles and acrobatic birds to stupendous whales and majestic elephants, WHEN WHALES WALKED follows top scientists from around the world on a global adventure as they follow clues from the fossil record and change what we thought we knew about the evolution of iconic beasts. (
  • But scientists have had hints for a long time that gray whales might once have lived in the Atlantic as well. (
  • Scientists suspected that gray whales spread across both oceans millions of years ago. (
  • Some scientists have theorized that a single whale or dolphin may strand itself due to illness or injury, swimming in close to shore to take refuge in shallow water and getting trapped by the changing tide. (
  • Scientists and government researchers have linked the low-frequency and mid-frequency sonar used by military ships, such as those operated by the U.S. Navy, to several mass strandings as well as other deaths and serious injuries among whales and dolphins. (
  • Despite the many theories, and growing evidence of the danger that military sonar poses for whales and dolphins worldwide, scientists have not found an answer that explains all whale and dolphin strandings. (
  • Scientists from NOAA Fisheries Service approach a young North Atlantic right whale in order to disentangle it. (
  • While the claim that fisheries are declining because whales consume too many fish may sound plausible to non-experts, it is ridiculous to marine scientists and has damaged the good name of Japanese scientific endeavor. (
  • These gull attacks have increased so sharply that scientists fear right whales will abandon these breeding grounds altogether. (
  • GOODMAN: Just over a decade ago, scientists began noticing large, concave lesions on the whales' backs. (
  • Whales swim in all of the world's oceans, but due to habitat degradation, hunting, ship strikes and entanglement in fishing gear, many species of whales are threatened or endangered. (
  • Unlike fish, which swim by moving their tails side to side, whales and dolphins move their flukes up and down. (
  • The first cut suggests a frigid dawn at the Arctic Circle as a whale emerges, ready to begin the marathon swim. (
  • As the largest animal ever known to swim the ocean or walk the earth, blue whales are almost twice as big as humpbacks and can live more than twice as long. (
  • Once entangled, whales can sometimes continue to swim with fishing gear for hundreds of miles. (
  • This means that whales are born ready to swim, and travel along with their pod during migrations. (
  • Hugging the North American coastline, the whales swim south more than 9,000 km (5,600 mi. (
  • Whales swim by moving their muscular tail (flukes) up and down. (
  • Two adult female right whales swim south off North Carolina last month toward their calving grounds. (
  • He was born free, free to swim up to 100 miles a day, as killer whales are known to do in the wild. (
  • There are many theories about why whales and dolphins sometimes swim into shallow water and end up stranding themselves on beaches in various parts of the world. (
  • In December 2018, social media users shared a story on the self-publishing site bearing the headline, "Drone Footage Reveals Over 100 Whales Trapped in Secret Underwater 'Jails,'" with many questioning whether the report was real. (
  • Some of the animals have been held there since July 2018 and many suspect they will be sold for entertainment in a burgeoning marine park industry in China, as The Telegraph reported: "An Orca whale can reportedly fetch more than $6 million in the booming ocean theme park industry in neighbouring China. (
  • Thomas Henningsen, a marine biologist who is head of the Russia program for the international environmental activist organization Greenpeace, confirmed to us via email that as of 19 December 2018 the whales were still in the cages and that the conditions there were "disastrous and cruel. (
  • The seaside celebration at Sycamore Cove pays tribute to the migration of the mighty gray whale and its return from the brink of extinction. (
  • He was surfing with his 13-year-old son a couple of months ago when a gray whale popped up 15 feet away and spouted twice. (
  • Miller dived into the project, studying recordings of humpback and gray whale sounds, believed by marine biologists to be sophisticated communications that can resound for miles underwater. (
  • There were only around 2,000 of them left in 1946, when an international agreement to stop gray whale hunting began, in order to help the population recover, according to TMMC . (
  • Although the gray whale population has recovered from near-extinction, the number of dead whales washing up this year is alarming, Halaska said. (
  • If you see a gray whale or other marine mammal that's dead or in distress, notify the U.S. Coast Guard or call 1-877-SOS-WHAL(e) (1-877-767-9425). (
  • Starvation may be impeding the recovery of the Pacific Gray whale population, say researchers. (
  • However, even if historically, the whales were evenly distributed between the American and Asian Pacific coasts, with 48,000 on either side on average, this would still mean that the current eastern Gray whale population is now half of what it was. (
  • The gray whale is the only living member of the baleen whale family Eschrichtiidae. (
  • The gray whale differs from the other two baleen whale families primarily in its feeding behavior B it is a bottom feeder. (
  • The gray whale forages along the ocean floor. (
  • Turning on its side, the gray whale gulps great mouthfuls of silt, strains out water and mud through its baleen, and swallows bottom-dwelling invertebrates. (
  • In 1993 the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) determined that the gray whale should be removed from the Endangered Species List. (
  • IUCN's Western Gray Whale Advisory Panel believes that the risk to the animals is extremely high. (
  • Gray whale off the coast of Baja. (
  • When they got back on land, they looked closely at the photographs they had taken and realized, to their shock, that it was a gray whale. (
  • After three years, a second gray whale appeared off the coast of Namibia in 2013. (
  • A feeding gray whale. (
  • The first attack took place later than usual, possibly because the gray whale migration went a little farther south than normal off the coast of Mexico, delaying their arrival in Monterey Bay. (
  • They learn early because it's pretty dangerous for the killer whales to hunt a gray whale because the mother gray whale can slam them with their fluke," she said. (
  • One gray whale provides a lot of food for the whole family for two days," she said. (
  • On Wednesday, they caught a gray whale in record time, in like 20 minutes," Black said. (
  • Usually it takes on average one to two hours for killer whales to actually separate a gray whale calf from its mother and drown the calf. (
  • Each new calf the group spots gives her hope that the right whale -- a highly endangered and often-overlooked species -- will recover. (
  • Off the top of her head, assistant scientist Monica Zani can tell you that a whale named Baldy, her calf, No. 1503, and 1503's calf, Boomerang, all gave birth this season. (
  • Beluga whale mother and calf. (
  • Researchers say a killer whale from an endangered species that drew international attention as she carried her dead calf on her head for more than two weeks is finally back to feeding and frolicking with her pod. (
  • In recent years, five gray whales, including females and one calf, have been killed by becoming entangled in fishing gear in Japan and China. (
  • Whales and dolphins (Cetacea) have excellent social learning skills as well as a long and strong mother-calf bond. (
  • The first inkling that we had came from the folks who were collecting the data in the field, where, as the story goes, they saw what looked to be a really young whale, a calf, or maybe one- or two-year-old," said Joshua Stewart, a postdoctoral researcher with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Marine Mammal and Turtle Division and lead author of the new study. (
  • Right whale #1612 and her calf 30 miles east of Wassaw Island on February 24. (
  • The new calf is her ninth recorded offspring, making her the most prolific right whale known. (
  • A 60-ton right whale mother and her calf circle the boat. (
  • The world's oldest known killer whale, Granny or J2, had belonged to and led the J pod of the SRKW population. (
  • The North Atlantic right whale, Eubalaena glacialis , is among the most endangered of the world's large whales with an estimated population of approximately 500 individuals. (
  • So that's two strikes against the world's whales in one week. (
  • If true, the findings could imply that the world's oceans are no longer able to support the same number of whales that they once could, says Stephen Palumbi of Stanford University in California, US, who led the study. (
  • Despite an international ban on commercial whaling, whales are still being killed across the world's oceans. (
  • It's that time of year, when the International Whaling Commission gets together and pretends its decisions will be based on the best available science. (
  • Japan managed to buy enought votes at the recent meeting of the International Whaling Commission to pass a resolution declaring that the moratorium on whaling was meant to be temporary and is no longer needed. (
  • The International Whaling Commission (IWC) established the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling in 1946 to conserve the endangered whale stocks. (
  • He is a recognized expert on oceans policy domestically and internationally, and has represented Greenpeace U.S. at International Whaling Commission (IWC) meetings and Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission meetings around the globe. (
  • In March, the International Whaling Commission (IWC) met to discuss the details of a 'deal' about the future of whaling activities. (
  • In addition, the International Whaling Commission grants Japan an annual take of Bryde's whales in the northwest Pacific Ocean through the provisions of special scientific permit. (
  • During the annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission, starting today and ending Thursday in Anchorage, Alaska, few animal-lovers will vocally campaign for whaling to stop. (
  • Japan is a signatory to the International Whaling Commission moratorium on hunting, but exploits a loophole that allows whales to be killed for scientific research. (
  • The coastal waters off Florida and Georgia are the only known calving area for North Atlantic right whales and these waters have been designated as right whale critical habitat by the National Marine Fisheries Service. (
  • For a few months twice a year, the waters off California are home to graceful gray whales migrating north or south between the coast of Mexico and the Bering Sea. (
  • the whales cruise by California, Oregon and Washington between March and early June on their trip north from the coast of Baja California, Mexico , to the cool, food-rich waters of the Bering and Chukchi seas, north of Alaska. (
  • To their surprise, the team discovered that female humpback whales returning to polar waters from the tropics , where they are thought to breed and give birth, produce the "breeding" hormone progesterone. (
  • Palumbi speculates that a depletion in the whales' natural prey in the oceans could be down to natural variation or the warming of waters due to climate change. (
  • The most contaminated wildlife on Earth-killer whales in the Pacific Northwest-are picking up nearly all their chemicals from Chinook salmon in polluted ocean waters off the West Coast, according to a new scientific study. (
  • The whales, which feed in coastal waters from British Columbia's Queen Charlotte Islands to the San Francisco area, were declared an endangered species in the United States and Canada after their numbers shrank. (
  • These killer whales, called southern residents, live in waters straddling the U.S.-Canada border and spend summers hunting salmon around Washington's Puget Sound and Vancouver Island. (
  • Ross and his colleagues discovered that 97 percent to 99 percent of contaminants in the Chinook eaten by these whales originated from the salmon's time at sea, in the near-shore waters of the Pacific. (
  • On the eve of the Northern right whale's annual migration to the waters of Georgia and Florida, the Navy has proposed to locate its controversial Undersea Warfare Training Range just offshore of the only known calving ground for the endangered right whale. (
  • Western Gray whales feast throughout the summer and autumn in the waters off Piltun Lagoon. (
  • The Bryde's whale grows to about 50 foot in length and inhabits tropical, subtropical, and warm temperate waters of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans. (
  • The species, named after Norwegian whaler and entrepreneur Johan Bryde, encounters such threats as scientific whaling, ship strikes, fisheries bycatch, hydrocarbon exploration, and development in coastal waters. (
  • Darren Croft , a behavioral ecologist at the University of Exeter in the U.K., and colleagues looked at southern resident killer whales -groups of about 80 animals that spend their time in the waters around Seattle, Washington, and subsist mainly on salmon. (
  • Now, certain groups of killer whales -- like the Southern Resident population, which inhabits the waters near British Columbia and Washington state -- are considered endangered. (
  • For a North Atlantic right whale named Foster it was a momentous winter in the waters off the Georgia and Florida coasts. (
  • From their research plane, the whale researchers also photographed great white sharks five times in Georgia waters. (
  • GOODMAN: In the shallow gulf waters off Peninsula Valdes, 600 miles south of Buenos Aires, whale watchers get a close-up view of one of the largest creatures on Earth. (
  • Unknown, although the whale shark population is falling by approximately 40 percent over the past decade in Western Australian waters. (
  • A number of exhibits within the Whales: Giants of the Deep exhibition feature these large whales. (
  • The Japanese state that they hunt whales for scientific reasons, which is legal under the moratorium, but this is a claim rejected as a "loophole" by many, including organisations such as Greenpeace. (
  • Iceland's disregard for the International Whaling Commission's (IWC) global moratorium on commercial whaling is unacceptable," said Mr Locke. (
  • There is evidence that humpback whales deliberately disrupt killer whale hunts , saving other animals from being killed by them. (
  • Accompanying them is Search and Destroy , a dive with a sperm whale as he hunts fish and giant squid. (
  • Tokyo says the slaughter is necessary for in-depth knowledge of whale behaviour and biology, but it makes no secret of the fact that whales killed in the hunts often end up on dinner plates. (
  • Despite living in water, whales are warm-blooded and need to breathe. (
  • Most large whales are found in open ocean, where they migrate thousands of miles between feeding and breeding grounds. (
  • Some large whales are believed to have lived 100 years or more in the wild. (
  • Rorquals, the most familiar of the large whales, have large, pouchlike throats with furrows running from mouth to belly. (
  • Only about 400 members of the species exist, and the massive mammal is thought to be the most endangered of all the large whales. (
  • With an estimated 450-500 individuals remaining, the animals are considered the most endangered of all large whales. (
  • TNC is also working with crab fishermen in California on possible ways to reduce getting whales caught in their nets. (
  • While I understand the need for national security, it just sucks for the whales off the coast of California. (
  • So far this year, a total of 30 dead gray whales have washed up on the West Coast: Eight in Washington, one in Oregon and 21 in California. (
  • Over the last three decades, entangled whales were reported along the coast of California. (
  • It is feasible that whales lost the cultural memory of the Alaska and British Columbia feeding destinations as a result of the intensive whaling there,' says Jay Barlow of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Southwest Fisheries Science Center in La Jolla, California. (
  • Aside from the California population, the only other known population of gray whales is a small group of animals on the western side of the Pacific. (
  • In October, the High Court heard arguments in a case pitting the U.S. Navy against, essentially, whales off the California coast. (
  • It mirrored a move in California to outlaw breeding of killer whales and which was aimed at bringing an end to the practice of holding the creatures in tanks for human entertainment. (
  • Whale Shark Research Project is a nonprofit organisation based in Baja California, Mexico, that is dedicated to scientific research, conservation, education and the community based support and direct public awareness for the protection of Whale Sharks in this region. (
  • Canberra wants the 16-judge panel to ban Tokyo's annual hunt on the basis it's not 'for purposes of scientific research' as allowed under Article 8 of the 1946 whaling convention. (
  • The whales use this ability to, among other things, hunt successfully for deepwater prey, such as giant squid. (
  • These can be both baleen whales (the filter feeders) and toothed whales (which hunt single prey). (
  • Baleen whales, a group that includes blue whales, are 'batch feeders'-they use their plates of baleen to filter huge numbers of tiny prey out of the water. (
  • Toothed whales such as sperm whales hunt their prey one by one. (
  • Toothed whales can use echolocation to hunt their prey. (
  • Baleen whales eat plankton by way of baleen plates, a bony shelf in the front of their mouths, which filters tiny prey. (
  • Toothed whales have more conventional teeth, which they use to eat larger prey such as penguins or fish or seals. (
  • The toothed whales frequently hunt their prey in groups, migrate together, and share care of their young. (
  • One nugget of knowledge is that the sperm whale does not use its massive teeth to eat its prey. (
  • The pioneers of killer whale ecology have long felt that matriarchs serve as repositories of traditional ecological knowledge that can help these whales survive through years of low prey abundance,' says whale biologist Rob Williams , a Pew Fellow in marine conservation who was not involved in the research, in an email. (
  • Some observers have offered a similar theory about whales pursuing prey or foraging too close to shore and getting caught by the tide, but this seems unlikely as a general explanation given the number of stranded whales that have turned up with empty stomachs or in areas devoid of their usual prey. (
  • Contrary to the opinion of Fraas -- that such creatures belonged to a different evolutionary lineage than true whales -- R.L. affirmed that his German colleague's discovery actually strengthened the link between a group of archaic mammalian carnivores called creodonts on land and previously known early whales such as Basilosaurus . (
  • Naturalists had not added very much to the known skeletal remains of Protocetus by the time whale expert Remington Kellogg inventoried the known specimens of early whales in 1936. (
  • Starting with the description of Pakicetus in 1981, paleontologists began reporting on a wealth of early whales found in a geological swath from Egypt to India in strata spanning approximately 55 to 35 million years ago. (
  • Whales Tohorā includes is a collection of early whale fossils that trace the evolution of early whales as they adapted to living and feeding in the ocean. (
  • CHICAGO (Reuters) - Fossils from two early whales - a male and a rare pregnant female - shed light on how these ancestors to modern whales made the leap from walking on land to ruling the sea. (
  • Thirty-seven whales perished in a period of 25 months between 2015 and 2016. (
  • Since January 1, 2016, on the other side of the world, 41 humpback whales washed ashore along the U.S. eastern seaboard. (
  • The larger the population, the more random mutations occur in individual whales. (
  • The callosity patterns on each whale's head are unique and allow for identification, along with tracking of impacts such as entanglements and vessel strikes, reproductive histories, and ages of individual whales. (
  • FWRI biologists respond to reports of dead, injured, and entangled whales and conduct research including photo identification and genetic sampling of right whales. (
  • This phenomenon was first studied in 2008, when a team of biologists from the UK and Japan inadvertently drifted into a group of non-responsive sperm whales floating just below the surface. (
  • Monaco, Jan 22, 1998 AFP - Pollution, not commercial whaling, constitutes today's greatest threat to whales worldwide, according to marine biologists from nearly 60 countries meeting here this week. (
  • Rothenberg's view of nature - which emphasizes beauty for its own sake - doesn't quite square with that of biologists who attempt to explain phenomena such as whale songs and bird plumage purely as adaptations to maximize selective fitness. (
  • Through the use of GIS technology FWRI creates maps and other products used in right whale management and conservation efforts. (
  • Right whales were named by their hunters who once said they were the 'right whale' to kill. (
  • The team hope that the technique will also reveal why the endangered North Atlantic right whale is failing to breed . (
  • The National Marine Fisheries Service has concluded that the greatest known cause of right whale mortality in this area is collision with ships. (
  • Naval vessels and submarines traveling to the training range will pass through the middle of right whale critical habitat. (
  • The findings, published today in the journal Current Biology , reveal that when fully grown, a North Atlantic right whale born today would be expected to be about one meter shorter than a whale born in 1980. (
  • A photo illustration demonstrates how much shorter a North Atlantic right whale born in recent years would be compared to one born years earlier. (
  • A North Atlantic right whale in Cape Cod Bay. (
  • Right whale #1315 "Foster"-- a grandmother -- diving near the entrance to St. Andrews Sound, north of Little Cumberland Island on Feb. 4. (
  • This marks the third year in a row that a fin whale has been spotted in this region during right whale calving season. (
  • The whale was spotted by Patricia Naessig, Right Whale Coordinator for Sea to Shore Alliance. (
  • More impressive than the Southeast's grandma whales may be the only right whale known to have given birth up north this year. (
  • Right whale aerial surveys will continue through March 31 in south Georgia and through April 15 near Savannah, but few whales appear to be staying in the area, said Patricia Naessig, right whale coordinator for the nonprofit Sea To Shore Alliance, which helps run the surveys. (
  • In southern Argentina, one of the rarest whales in the world - the Right Whale - is under siege. (
  • GOODMAN: Their slow, gentle demeanor and thick blubber made them the right whale to hunt. (
  • Many ceteaceans, especially baleen whales, migrate over very long distances each year. (
  • Today southern resident whales who migrate through the Salish Sea and up and. (
  • The gray whales of the eastern Pacific would migrate as far north as they could manage before reaching the ice, and then head back south. (
  • North Atlantic right whales typically migrate up and down the Eastern seaboard, from Florida to Canada. (
  • Usually solitary, fin whales are occasionally seen migrating in pods as large as 300 individuals. (
  • The three pods of whales that make up the southern resident population are an icon of the Seattle/Vancouver Island area and a popular tourist attraction around the San Juan and Gulf Islands. (
  • Baleen whales travel alone or in small pods. (
  • The toothed whales travel in large, sometimes stable pods. (
  • Blue whales live individually or in very small pods (groups). (
  • Researchers found evidence that menopausal whales act as a kind of library of information, directing their groups or pods to where they can find food when fish are scarce. (
  • Because whales are highly social creatures that travel in communities called pods, some mass strandings may occur when healthy whales refuse to abandon a sick or injured pod member and follow them into shallow water. (
  • Killer whales hunt in deadly groups of up to 40 animals, called pods. (
  • Resident pods generally hunt fish, while transient pods have been known to hunt everything from seals and sea lions, to penguins and blue whales. (
  • Because whales spend their whole lives underwater, they must intermittently rise to the surface and take in oxygen through their blowholes. (
  • Generally, baleen whales have two blowholes, while toothed whales only have one. (
  • For the first time, testosterone and progesterone - two key hormones that signal whether whales are pregnant, lactating or in the mood to mate - have been extracted from whales' lung mucus, captured in nylon stockings dangled from a pole over their blowholes as they surface to breathe. (
  • Baleen whales are larger than the toothed whales and have 2 blowholes (nostrils). (
  • These gray-blue whales have 2 blowholes and a 2-14 inch (5-30 cm) thick layer of blubber. (
  • Blue whales breathe air at the surface of the water through 2 blowholes located near the top of the head. (
  • Meanwhile, Japan has launched a propaganda onslaught by the Institute of Cetacean Research, an arm of the Fisheries Agency of Japan, and the Japan Whaling Association, an industry group. (
  • The Fisheries Agency said the five-ship fleet finished its four-month expedition without major interference from anti-whaling activists. (
  • The southern resident killer whales (SRKW) represent the smallest of four resident communities within the Northeastern portion of North America Pacific Ocean. (
  • Southern resident killer whales are really urban whales compared to their northern counterparts,' said Peter Ross, a research scientist at the Canadian government's Institute of Ocean Sciences who led the new study. (
  • The southern resident killer whales also have to eat about 50 percent more salmon because the salmon around Puget Sound have a lower fat content. (
  • The team examined observational data for southern resident killer whales taken since 1976 to determine if menopausal whales acted as leaders during group movements in and out of their foraging areas. (
  • Anatomy of a baleen whale. (
  • An extremely low genetic diversity was observed in the smaller coastal form of Bryde's whale, the lowest ever measured in a baleen whale population. (
  • whale, aquatic mammal of the order Cetacea, found in all oceans of the world. (
  • Join The Marine Mammal Center's Northern Range Operations Manager and NOAA-trained entanglement responder Ryan Berger to learn how responders approach and save entangled whales. (
  • Break down the remarkable knowledge passed postmortem by whales with The Marine Mammal Center's (TMMC) chief pathologist, Pádraig J. Duignan. (
  • Find out what four decades of research has taught Duignan about large whale deaths in the Bay Area and how that data can inform our understanding and conservation of the ocean and marine mammal life. (
  • As a result of this lack of information and the resemblance between Protocetus and fully aquatic fossil whales, Fraas' creature was also cast as a sea-dwelling mammal that was too late in the evolutionary transition to explain how whales became adapted to life in the water. (
  • That such an aquatically adapted whale was the direct descendant of a terrestrial genus of mammal was "inconceivable," and to Kellogg this indicated that the major transition from land to water must have occurred during some much earlier time. (
  • This is an exciting and promising technique which potentially adds one more method to the toolbox of those studying living whales," says Phillip Clapham at the National Marine Mammal Laboratory in Seattle, Washington, "and it underscores yet again that, contrary to the claims of Japan and some others, you don't need to kill whales to get important information about them for management and conservation. (
  • The researchers are recommending that the eastern Gray whales still be considered depleted and that the US Marine Mammal Protection Act should be amended to allow just 207 killings by humans a year, instead of the 417 currently allowed for the US. (
  • As the ice pack advances in the fall, gray whales embark on one of the longest known migrations of any mammal. (
  • Sea gulls have inexplicably begun to gouge out chunks of the whales' flesh when the mammal comes to rest on the surface. (
  • Photo identification over the last 38 years has allowed researchers to track the southern resident population quite accurately, such as the Orca ID site offered through the Center for Whale Research. (
  • Thanks to the pressure from committed Greenpeace supporters like you, the US government has finally spoken out publicly against Icelands illegal whaling, announcing that it recognizes Icelands actions are undermining the effectiveness of CITES. (
  • Organizations like Sea Shepherd, Greenpeace, The International Fund for Animal Welfare, the Humane Society and -- yes -- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals all campaign in various ways to stop the decimation of whales and other intelligent creatures of the sea. (
  • For example, in the 2005/06 whaling season, a Greenpeace campaign ship filmed so-called "scientific whales" being held head down from the bow of the ship, in order to asphyxiate them. (
  • Greenpeace called Norwegian whaling "a dying industry" and said it was wrong of Norway to violate international agreement. (
  • Some species have rebounded from the detrimental hunting in the 19th century, most whales have not yet regained their historic numbers. (
  • Researchers in rubber boats use crossbows to dart the newborn whales and take tissue samples for clues about the species' genetic makeup and individual family trees. (
  • The researchers used over 18 years of recorded whale communications in their study, in addition to employing computer simulations to find out how this surprising diversity of whale language might have evolved. (
  • Japanese researchers now believe it is possible that the northernmost breeding region for humpback whales has shifted far northward to around Tokyo's Hachijo Island. (
  • In the 45 whales sampled in Bangladesh and Oman, only a single maternal line or haplotype was detected, leading the researchers to insist that this population must be considered a conservation unit independent from coastal Bryde's whales found off Japan. (
  • The researchers used high-resolution aerial photographs to track size and body condition over time of 129 right whales. (
  • In each image, the outline shows how long researchers expected each whale to be had it been born in 1981. (
  • But even when they don't kill the whales, they can cause long-term harm, the researchers found. (
  • Now researchers from Boston's Whale Conservation Institute have set up a research project to find out what's going on. (
  • Researchers analyzed demographic data over 43 years for 200 whales to test their hypothesis about menopause. (
  • Previously, it had been thought that thin, starving whales - as have been observed recently in Mexico - were a consequence of the population exceeding its historical ecological limits, rather than the oceans running out of food. (
  • Our results might be telling us that whales now face a new threat - from changes to the oceans that are limiting their recovery," says Palumbi. (
  • Decades ago, whales were the first creatures to tell us that we were over-fishing the oceans. (
  • For Palumbi, the logical conclusion is that the oceans are no longer able to feed as many Gray whales as they once did. (
  • Blue whales live at the surface of the ocean and are found in all the oceans of the world. (
  • The U.S. government Friday took a big step toward opening oil and gas drilling in the Atlantic Ocean by approving seismic airgun tests that experts warn are harmful to dolphins and whales. (
  • It may surprise us, but dolphins and whales have such qualities. (
  • Sam Ridgway has spent most of his life learning about dolphins and whales. (
  • Halaska and her colleagues necropsied the four whales - three yearlings and one adult male - and plan to examine the remaining dead whales in the region in the next couple of days. (
  • Three dead whales were once on an almost permanent tour of the UK. (
  • Wearing whale earrings, a flipper necklace and a blue windbreaker that says 'Whale Watch Survey Team' on the back, Wood says she's been coming to this spot -- the highest lookout point in the area -- to search for whales once a week for at least five years. (
  • GOODMAN: Hoping to get a closer view, Kim, her husband Tom, and I head out on the bay in search of whales. (
  • The vessel Nisshin Maru, which has been used in JARPA II, is a factory ship, and other JARPA II vessels have served as whale catchers. (
  • Many cetaceans have highly convoluted brains larger than those of humans, and whales are believed to be extremely intelligent. (
  • The Cetaceans are then divided into two groups: baleen whales and toothed whales. (
  • Cetaceans, including gray whales, are often injured or die as a result of entanglement in nets and other fishing gear. (
  • This unparalleled database of killer whales was an important strength of the study, said Ruth Esteban, who researches killer whales with Conservation, Information and Research on Cetaceans in Spain, and did not participate in this research. (
  • At the center of the biology part of the exhibit are two sperm whale skeletons, the male "Tu Hononga" and the female "Hinewainui" . (
  • For years, Japan has exploited a loophole in the ban on commercial whaling that allows the lethal take of whales for "scientific research purposes. (
  • Surprisingly, "scientific" whaling - that is, whaling conducted under the IWC loophole allowing unlimited numbers of whales to be killed if they are called scientific samples - can be even worse than "unscientific" whaling. (
  • Smell is a sense that most modern whales lack. (
  • This suggests the group had not yet made the leap to giving birth in the water like modern whales, which are born tail first to allow them to start swimming right after birth. (
  • Its harvest of whales and export of fin whale meat threaten an endangered species and undermine worldwide efforts to protect whales. (
  • Most of its haul is intended for the morbid, Japanese commercial market for whale meat. (
  • it openly kills whales to sell their meat. (
  • In 2014, the agency ruled that Iceland's international trade in whale meat and products undermines CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. (
  • Supposedly, these whales have been needed as samples for scientific research, but all of the resulting whale-meat and other products are packaged and marketed for consumption in Japan. (
  • This case in not about civilising missions or whether the Australian government or Australian public like or dislike the consumption of whale meat,' Mr Dreyfus said. (
  • According to, the Nisshin Maru, a japanese whaling ship, returned from the "field season" with only half its intended sample size for its scientific whaling. (
  • Historically depleted by commercial whaling, ship strikes and fishing gear entanglements are now the largest threats to right whales. (
  • The United States has strongly and repeatedly objected to Iceland's commercial whaling. (
  • Árni Þór Sigurðsson, chairman of the Althingi's Foreign Affairs Committee, said today (Wed 20th) on his facebook page that "whaling is damaging the commercial and political interests of Iceland. (
  • Icelands fleet has killed over 700 whales in all since it reinstated hunting them in 2003, exploiting loopholes in the International Whaling Commission's ban on commercial whaling and openly flouting the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). (
  • NRDC fights to stop illegal commercial whaling once and for all. (
  • Trader Joe's and High Liner Foods (a leading North American seafood company) have already responded by voicing their opposition to commercial whaling and refusing to buy products from companies linked to whale slaughter. (
  • An IUCN group of experts is calling for an immediate halt to large-scale commercial salmon fishing near Piltun Lagoon, Sakhalin Island in the Russian Far East because of the risk it poses to about 150 critically endangered Western Gray whales found in this area. (
  • The population of Western Gray whales has been driven to very low numbers by commercial whaling," says Carl Gustaf Lundin, Director of IUCN's Global Marine and Polar Programme . (
  • It is particularly disturbing to learn that commercial salmon fishing is also now threatening the life of these whales which are included both in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species TM and the Russian Red Data Book. (
  • The paper revealed that more than 100 whales were caged in small enclosures off Russia's Pacific coast near the city of Nakhodka, possibly in violation of an international ban on commercial whale hunting. (
  • Their numbers were much higher before commercial whaling brought them to the brink of extinction by the early 1890s. (
  • Nor was it about Canberra's opposition to commercial whaling. (
  • This case is about the failure of one country to comply with its international legal obligations not to conduct commercial whaling. (
  • A sperm whale model at a whaling museum: Newly analyzed fossils suggest the whale evolved from hooved, deer-like creatures. (
  • However, as a primer on the largest creatures ever to inhabit the earth, Whales may float your boat. (
  • Sperm whales are quite incredible creatures. (
  • Few things in nature are more tragic than the sight of a pod of whales-some of the most magnificent and intelligent creatures on Earth-lying helpless and dying on the beach. (
  • Humpback whales are perhaps the most acoustically sophisticated creatures on earth. (
  • He said the Maiacetus fossils appear to represent an intermediate whale form, showing the evolution from land-dwelling to aquatic creatures. (
  • When whales decay the seafloor, their enormous carcasses give life to mysterious worlds inhabited by an assortment of bizarre creatures. (
  • Eight beluga whales jump in unison out of a bright blue indoor pool, flipping their tail fins and spewing water as a packed audience cheers and snaps photographs. (
  • And when he trained dolphins and beluga whales to switch off a sound after diving hundreds of metres, Ridgway was impressed that the animals produced the same squeals of victory when the sound stopped. (
  • Had the trained dolphins and beluga whales transferred the release of dopamine from the brain's pleasure centres from the food reward to the trainer's reward signal? (
  • Delving back through decades of recordings of experiments designed to test the abilities of dolphins and beluga whales that he had conducted with Patrick Moore, Don Carder and Tracy Romano, Ridgway then measured the delay between the trainer's signal and the victory squeals. (
  • However, after months of painstaking analysis, Ridgway was convinced that the beluga whales and dolphins were expressing pleasure through their squeals. (
  • But SeaWorld counters in its ad that the lifespan is 46 years, comparable to how long killer whales can live in the wild. (
  • In the wild, killer whales can live between 50 and 80 years. (
  • Federal officials say six pilot whales have died after stranding in shallow water in Everglades National Park. (
  • Up to 145 pilot whales have died in a mass stranding on a remote part of a small New Zealand island, authorities said Monday. (
  • As for the whales, it was a close encounter with one that inspired Miller to take on what turned out to be a scientific as well as a musical project. (
  • He watched whale videos produced by the National Geographic Society and other scientific organizations. (
  • Had Japan reduced its numbers, it would have been an encouraging sign that international opposition to scientific whaling was having an effect. (
  • Claims sometimes made for Japanese "scientific whaling" programmes that killing whales helps assess pregnancy rates would then become even more questionable. (
  • A panel of three well-regarded academics discussed whether the emerging scientific knowledge about the cultural and cognitive processes of whales and dolphins should influence international policy decisions and ethical considerations for their treatment. (
  • The video is based on real scientific data taken from digital tags (D-tags) placed on sperm whales as they dive almost a mile below the water's surface. (
  • Japan has killed more than 13,000 whales in the past 30 years, supposedly to study them, yet it has produced few scientific studies. (
  • The Court concludes that the special permits granted by Japan for the killing, taking and treating of whales in connection with JARPA II are not for purposes of scientific research" pursuant to Article VIII, paragraph one, of the Convention. (
  • South Korea has announced that it hopes to launch a programme of 'scientific' whaling, a development that would make it the second such country to engage in the practice alongside Japan. (
  • Humpback whales "have had the Ocean Internet for millions of years" and can communicate directly with each other up to 1000 km away. (
  • Glenn Wood, 68, has been searching for right whales for five years as a volunteer. (
  • In the years since, Japan has been steadily increasing the number of whales included in their annual harvests, made possible by 'special permits' sanctioned by the IWC. (
  • Whaling voyages averaged nearly four years. (
  • Gray whales were removed from the endangered species list in 1994 and TMMC estimates there are now around 26,000 gray whales in the Pacific Ocean, which is about how many there were before the whaling boom gained steam almost 200 years ago. (
  • In some years, this means that thousands of pots are left in the ocean, putting whales at risk of entanglement. (
  • Two years ago, his administration did impose diplomatic sanctions, but they have not deterred Iceland from its continued hunting of fin whales. (
  • Most whales have a gestation period of ten to sixteen months, and most species of whale reproduce roughly every two to three years. (
  • The U.S. government acted four years after conservation groups filed suit seeking protection of the whales. (
  • It may be part of a natural cycle in which the whales are following the cool water zones in the Pacific, as temperatures there fluctuate every 20 to 30 years. (
  • Although the whale population has been growing slowly in recent years, any deaths of mature females in particular would represent a serious setback, the experts say. (
  • Many years later, paleontologists found that the bones belonged to gray whales. (
  • Whaling has been central to the life of Greenland's Inuit peoples for at least 4000 years, but political, economic, technological, and regulatory changes have altered this ancient practice. (
  • There are only about 366 North Atlantic right whales in existence now, compared to 481 in 2011, the known high for the population in recent years. (
  • Right whales mature at about age 10 and give birth every three to five years. (
  • GOODMAN: Graham Harris once spent five years living at this whale camp. (
  • A killer whale believed to be 72 years old. (
  • Unfortunately their efforts were in vain and sadly Moby beached and died on the foreshore at Airth on 31 March 1997 - the first sperm whale to be stranded in the Forth in over 200 years. (
  • It has been estimated that whale sharks may live up to 100 - 150 years. (
  • Another tale of the Irish Whales' voracious appetites came from Arthur Daly's typewriter twenty-two years later. (
  • These majestic animals weigh 50,000 pounds, and responders must be at a close distance to use long poles to carefully cut and remove the lines or debris from a distressed whale before it dives or swims off. (
  • Learn about North Atlantic right whales and what to do if you spot one of these critically endangered animals. (
  • The long jaws of Protocetus were set with pointed, conical teeth near the front and large shearing teeth toward the back, and in a short review of Fraas' work in Nature fellow naturalist "R.L." -- who I would presume was Richard Lydekker -- concluded that Protocetus and another whale Fraas named Mesocetus were "terrestrial animals in course of modification into purely aquatic ones. (
  • Whales: People often use the term 'whale' to refer to the large animals in the group. (
  • Fin whales are the second largest animals in the world, after blue whales. (
  • As Gray whales feed, they stir up sediment by "bulldozing" the ocean floor for food - this feeds animals throughout the marine food chain. (
  • In an advertising campaign unveiled Monday, SeaWorld ( SEAS ) said it is planning on "setting the record straight on false accusations by activists who oppose whales and other animals in zoological settings. (
  • For the first time since whaling was outlawed in 1965, blue whales-the largest animals to have ever lived-have appeared in the northern Pacific Ocean off the coast of Canada and Alaska. (
  • Blue whales are the loudest animals on Earth! (
  • Blue whales are the largest animals to have ever existed. (
  • In both sharks and whales, some species evolved into suspension feeders and became gigantic, slow-moving animals that in turn fed on the smallest animals in the water. (
  • While with most animals they leave, with killer whales they're like mama's boys. (
  • The whale shark is a filter feeder that sieves small animals from the water. (
  • From these changes came the remarkable, fully aquatic lives of whales. (