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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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Lethal Threat May Cause Whale Extinction

One of the most beautiful and haunting sounds on the planet, whale song is thought to have healing powers and is widely used for meditation and relaxation. Whales use sound to locate food and companions, and rely on their songs and hearing for navigation, orientation and communication. Marine mammal scientists from Vancouver Aquarium have...
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Whale Poop Saves the Ocean

Whales may sing in the shower, but when they poop, they drop huge turds which work with the ecology of the ocean, playing an enormous role in its nutrient and carbon cycles.

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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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Whales Protecting Themselves

The oceans are becoming so noisy, that whales can hardly hear each other sing. The Navy admits that loud booms from its underwater sonar listening devices result in...
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Whales are Slaves in Aquatic Shows

People aren't the only ones who live in slavery. Five killer whales have been named as plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) against Sea World, which says they deserve the...
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Mammals for Dinner

As the world population increases, people in coastal poverty-stricken areas are turning to the ocean for their meals, consuming marine mammals such as dolphins and seals. And this is not only happening in poor parts of the world!

The fate of the world's great whale...
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We're All Starting to Talk Alike (except for whales)

According to speech language pathologists, the southern drawl and Pittsburgh's famous “yunz” may, very soon, be gone. Meanwhile, WHALE accents are getting MORE distinctive (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen...
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Whales are Tallking, But We Don't Know What They're Saying

Researchers who listen to whale "songs" (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show) have discovered that each whale has his or her own individual "tag" by which they can be identified....
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Whales are Polluted

People are polluted and whales are too. Sperm whales throughout the Pacific carry evidence of exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), which occur in oil, coal, and tar deposits, and are produced as byproducts of fuel burning. Some of them are carcinogenic, and high levels...
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Whales: Finding Out How They're Doing

Did they survive the oil spill? - Here's a mystery that needs to be solved: What effect has the BP oil spill had on whales? Now "electronic ears" are being put in place in the Gulf of Mexico, listening in on whales that cruise the waters to learn where they are, how many there are and how they are faring since massive amounts...

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The Whaling Scandal

The Japanese have an insatiable appetite for whale meat, to the extent that they have bribed officials in 6 small nations with cash (and prostitutes!) in order to gain their votes for their whale hunts. 6 countries were willing to consider selling their votes to overturn the 24-year moratorium on commercial whaling passed by the International...

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Songs of the Whales

Sounds like they're worried - Whales aren't singing the way they used to. Their voices become deeper every year, and scientists are worried that this may be a sign that they're in trouble. The same thing is happening to whales all over the world.

Whale researcher Mark McDonald first noticed this phenomenon 8 years ago....

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Watch 'Em, Don't Eat 'Em

Taking tourists out to go whale watching produces much more revenue for coastal communities than hunting whales for food. So why do some countries still hunt these intelligent mammals down?

A report from a meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) shows that the whale watching industry is now worth over two billion dollars a...

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Whale Talk

It's a whale of a tail and all those clicks that sonar picks up underwater let us know that whales are telling it. But what are they saying to each other? Scientists think they may have finally deciphered whale talk.

For decades scientists have been intrigued by the variety of sounds emitted by sperm whales, partly due to a popular...

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Some of our Favorite Animals Vanishing into Thin Air

Like the vanishing polar bear, the decline in the penguin population is the canary in the coal mine, warning us that something is going wrong on our planet?but this time the problem isn't climate change.

Oil pollution, depletion of fisheries and rampant coastline development are what is threatening breeding habitats for many penguin...

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Whales Hunted Close to Extinction

Despite the fact that in some areas, whales are coming close to extinction, several countries are petitioning the International Whaling Commission for permission to hunt even MORE whales. Some of these are being filed on behalf of aboriginal peoples who have traditionally hunted whales, but others--such as Japan--are modern societies. The United...
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Whale Emergency

We recently wrote about a shark emergency, but whales also seem to be in big trouble.

In BBC News, Richard Black reports that Earthwatch has found that whales are arriving at their breeding grounds in Mexico malnourished, and they don't know why. On the other side of the world, whales that breed near Russia are dwindling due to hunting,...

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More Extreme Cruelty to Whales

We've recently written about the cruelty against whales by Japanese hunters who separate members of pods so that orcas can be exhibited in aquariums. Now scientists are learning how blue whales "sing" to each other in order to communicate over long distances. This may help organizations that want to stop whaling by countries like Japan, which...

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Whale Cruelty

On the 10th anniversary of their capture, WDCS, the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, is asking people to remember the 10 orcas (killer whales) that were trapped and removed from the wild near the coastal town of Taiji, Japan, and is asking the Japanese authorities to refuse permission for further orca captures in Japanese waters.

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Whale Songs are Calls for Help

The calls of Orca whales in the Pacific are getting longer, so they can be heard by other whales over the noise of heavy boat traffic. Orcas only do this when engine noise reaches a critical level.

Paul Rincon writes in that ironically, much of the boat noise that bothers them comes from whale-watching tourists. No difference...

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Military Exercises Killing Whales

Dead whales have been turning up on the beaches in Maine. Some of them are rarely seen in this area, and no one can figure out what killed them. Now scientists think sonar is giving whales the same kind of "bends" that deep sea divers get.

"The only way we can explain these findings is that it is a condition very similar to decompression...

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Water Pollution Killing Whales

Over a quarter of all deaths of adult beluga whales in Canada?s Saint Lawrence Estuary are caused by cancer, researchers have found. Such high rates of cancer are unprecedented in wild animals, except for fish. Industrial pollution is the most likely cause.

Belugas live entirely in the Arctic and sub-Arctic. There are approximately 70,...

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