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Whales Affected By Sonar More Profoundly Than Previously Thought

A recent study suggests that killer whales and other marine mammals are far more likely to pick up sonar signals than was previously thought.

Scientists have discovered that commercially available sonar systems, which are designed to create signals beyond the range of hearing of such animals, do in fact emit signals known to be within...
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How Much Has Hunting Affected Whales?

In order to know that, we need to know how many whales were in the oceans 200 years ago, BEFORE the industrial whaling era. One way to do this is to measure whale songs, but how can we listen to sounds that no longer exist?

Two researchers have managed to do that...
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When Animals Speak to US

We know that animals talk to EACH OTHER, but lately, they've started talking to US (and they're speaking our language as well!)

Elephants can communicate with each other, using sounds too high-...
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They're Singing Again

When oceanographer listened to the audio picked up by a recording device that spent a year in the icy waters off the east coast of Greenland, she was stunned at what she heard: whales singing a remarkable variety of songs nearly constantly for...
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Be Careful if You Go Whale Watching

Almost no one in the US wants to EAT whale meat, but lots of us like to go out in a boat and try to spot these wonderful creatures. To see a huge eye rise up out of the water when a whale breaches and slaps its tail loudly on the ocean surface is one of the thrills of a lifetime....
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Whaling Drones

The Japanese have an insatiable appetite for whale meat, but environmentalists have a new weapon in their fight against whaling--in another...
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Whale Grannies

Before we turn them all into whale meat, we need to understand why both human and whale societies need grannies.

Why do female primates (like humans) and whales go through menopause, instead of dying shortly after their reproductive days are over (and thus saving their society the cost of feeding them)? It turns out that grannies are...

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Whale Meat

When we hear about some countries refusing to stop killing whales because they like whale meat, we can at least be happy to know that most of it is TOXIC, because sperm whales have built up stunningly high levels of toxic and heavy metals such as cadmium, aluminum, chromium, lead, silver, mercury and titanium--all of which are poisonous to...

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Whale Brains Like Ours

Scientists have discovered that dolphins are genetically close to humans. Now they've learned that humpback whales have a type of brain cell that is seen only in humans, the great apes, and dolphins, and there may be a very special reason for this.

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Mystery of the Lone Whale

A lone whale that makes sounds unlike any known species has marine biologists baffled. The whale has been wandering the Pacific for 12 years, but scientists have been unaware of it because its voice was only being picked up by classified US Navy equipment.

Using declassified data, marine biologists have determined that the whale's voice...

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Orphaned Whale Searching for Mom

Newly-hatched ducklings have been known to follow afarmer around, thinking he's Mom. Now an orphaned killerwhale, who was rescued from the busy Puget Sound, isrejecting her family for the company of boats.

When the two-year-old baby named Springer hears the sound ofa boat engine, she swims over and rubs against the hull."When [the...

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Satellite Tracks Whales?For Science or Hunting?

A Japanese satellite to monitor the migration of minke whales will be launched in October. It will collect data from coconut-sized electronic tags that have been attached to whales using airguns. Used in combination with global positioning system technology, the tags should provide information on migratory routes as well as data on how deep the...

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Whales in Trouble Worldwide

Whales are moving to new locations, and dying off, at a great rate. Some may be moving because they sense a change of temperature in the deep ocean, while others are dying off in their traditional waters due to toxins and noise pollution.

A large number of endangered sperm whales are making a home in the Gulf of Mexico, near the...

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