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Marine Mammals (Page 4)
Sea otter return boosts seagrassBBC | 26 Aug 2013
Sea otters re-colonising estuaries on the central Californian coast have improved the health of seagrass, new research has found.
The River Dee dolphin and other adventurous marine lifeGuardian Unlimited | 22 Aug 2013
Yesterday's report of a dolphin in the river Dee isn't so extraordinary. In the 1880s, a narwhal – the mono-tusked "unicorn whale" of legend – swam up the Humber and the Ouse to York, a medieval apparition in the shadow of its minster. A few years later, another Arctic whale, the all-white beluga, swam up the same waterway.
More than 700 seals counted in Thames EstuaryGuardian Unlimited | 19 Aug 2013
More than 700 seals have been spotted in the Thames Estuary in the first ever count carried out by air, land and water. Conservationists and volunteers recorded 708 grey and harbour seals along the Thames in a survey stretching up the estuary to Tilbury, the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) said.
Dead southern right whale excites scientistsNew Zealand Herald | 01 Aug 2013
A rare southern right whale covered in what appear to be shark bites has washed up on an Australian beach, exciting scientists who Thursday said it will help boost knowledge of the species.The carcass, estimated at 12 metres (39...
Caller ID for WhalesWoods Hole Oceanographic Institution | 30 Jul 2013
Crowd-sourcing helps sort marine mammal vocalizations. Imagine extraterrestrials come to Earth, seeking to understand human life. They dangle recording devices beneath the clouds or occasionally tag people with retrievable recorders. They collect thousands of bits of conversations—from individuals and congregations of people, at cocktails parties, Thanksgiving gatherings, subway platforms, baseball stadiums, and bedrooms.
Whale hunters will need 'licence to kill' from 2015fishupdate.com | 30 Jul 2013
The first grind of the year has taken place in the Faroe Islands but according to Earthrace Conservation, there is hope that the end of the notorious whale hunts may be on the way.
Are North Atlantic right whales mating in the Gulf of Maine?EurekAlert | 25 Jul 2013
(NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center) Using data obtained during six years of regular aerial surveys and genetics data collected by a consortium of research groups, scientists have strengthened evidence pointing to the central Gulf of Maine as a mating ground for North Atlantic right whales, according to a study recently published online in the journal Endangered Species Research.
Bottlenose dolphins use names to identify companionsGuardian Unlimited | 22 Jul 2013
Researchers at St Andrews say species broadcast locations to other dolphins as they meet at sea using unique whistles. Bottlenose dolphins have distinct "names" that they use to identify individuals in their social group, according to a study by scientists who followed groups of the animals off the east coast of Scotland. The names are composed of whistles - signature high-pitched sounds that are created by individual dolphins as they grow
Moving Camp With Orca by Our Side (blog)Save our seas | 16 Jul 2013
This last week we have been busy getting supplies, cutting lumber and finding new posts to build a new cabin. It is slow going on this remote island, especially as southeast gales continue to blow, but we are hopeful it will be complete with in a weeks time. While building yesterday we were all in for a delightful surprise as 2 male orca fins sliced the water just meters from the camp. They were the A36 boys and to follow is their story.
When killer whales attackTelegraph | 15 Jul 2013
Theme parks would have us believe they've been tamed. But a new film, 'Blackfish', says killer whales are being driven mad in captivity - with deadly consequences.