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Whales drawn to waters off Mississippi River Delta
Researchers have found that endangered sperm whales frequent the deeper waters off the Mississippi Delta. Scientists estimate that at least 530 sperm whales can be found in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico. (2001-05-23)

Male and female songbirds show big learning differences
Female northern cardinals learn songs in one-third the time it takes male birds to learn the same number of songs, according to research carried out at the University of California, Davis. Researcher Ayako Yamaguchi said it's the largest learning difference between sexes ever found. (2001-05-15)

For whales and seals the ocean is not blue
These marine mammals only have green cones and hence are colour-blind, because colour discrimination is impossible with only one type of cone. (2001-04-19)

NSF ships to probe biological enigmas of the frozen southern ocean
In late April, two icebreaking research ships operated by the National Science Foundation (NSF) will sail from Chile for the Antarctic Peninsula as part of a precedent-setting international oceanographic survey to try to answer why trillions of small shrimp-like animals, called krill, can survive the Antarctic's long austral winter and what role algae that thrive on ice play in their survival. (2001-04-16)

Speaking of sperm whales
Concerned that the increasing levels of manmade noise can hurt this endangered species as well as others, the Office of Naval Research (ONR) cooperates with a team of agencies interested in knowing exactly how the sperm whale is being affected behaviorally by the noise of off-shore drilling and seismic surveys. Lead by the Department of the Interior's Minerals Management Service, the ecology of the entire Gulf is being studied to assess the noise problem. (2001-03-05)

Researchers trace toxins from algal blooms through the marine food web in Monterey Bay
Researchers studying a bloom of toxic algae in Monterey Bay last summer found the algal toxin domoic acid in anchovies, sardines, and krill, all key species in the marine food web. While there were no reports of adverse effects on wildlife from this particular bloom, the findings raise concerns about the potential effects of the toxin on a wide range of marine mammals and birds. (2001-01-09)

With help from the Office of Naval Research, a right whale pied "Piper" shows the way to recovery for this highly endangered species
Thanks to new technology sponsored by the Office of Naval Research, for the first time ever, a female Northern Right Whale has been tracked every step of her journey between northern feeding grounds off New Brunswick, Canada, and southern breeding grounds off the Georgia and Florida coasts. (2000-12-21)

How do I love whales? Let me count the ways
Insomniacs count sheep, bankers count money, umpires count balls and strikes. Bernd Wursig counts whales. The Texas A&M University at Galveston marine researcher is on a mission that, in ecological terms, counts plenty. No one knows exactly how many of the 50-ton, 50-foot long Bowhead whales are out there. (2000-12-06)

Secrets hidden in a tiger's paralyzing roar
A tiger's roar has the power to paralyze whatever animals hear it, including humans. Now, a bioacoustician in North Carolina thinks she has found the key to this amazing ability. Elizabeth von Muggenthaler will present her research at the meeting of the Acoustical Society of America meeting. (2000-11-29)

Scientists launch the world's first marine life census
Blue whales may be the largest animals ever to have inhabited the Earth. Despite their enormous size, very little is known about the feeding, breeding and migratory habits of these leviathans. But an international research team hopes to change all that by placing electronic tracking devices on a variety of whales, seals, seabirds, turtles, fish and squid whose lifestyles remain a mystery to science. (2000-11-16)

DNA research reveals a new whale species
Genetic research by the Bronx Zoo-based Wildlife Conservation Society, American Museum of Natural History, and other organizations has revealed that right whales living in the North Pacific Ocean are actually a unique species, according to a study published in the recent issue of the journal Molecular Ecology. (2000-11-14)

Ice-breakers drive whales away
Noisy ice-breakers in the Arctic may be frightening beluga whales away from their preferred habitat. Canadian researchers have developed software that they hope might help ice-breaker crews work more quietly. (2000-09-26)

Hops to it
The Harvard Ocean Prediction System is a modular system that can be deployed to any region of the ocean to provide forecasts of ocean weather, as well as information about ocean life, from whales to algae. (2000-07-05)

Where does Japan's whale meat come from?
A new analysis of whale meat in Japan has revealed that the country's annual scientific catch of whales is disguising an undocumented, illegal trade of whales. The team of researchers who made the report say that this trade in meat could drive a sub-group of minke whales to extinction. (2000-06-27)

Studies of marine mammals indicate a "breathtaking" ability to dive to great depths
When it comes to diving deeply, marine mammals as different as seals and blue whales employ the same physiological adaptations to allow them to travel the maximum distance with minimum effort. So say researchers funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), who studied the behavior of Weddell seals in Antarctica. (2000-04-09)

Unusual mussels may use whale bones en route to hot sea-floor vents
University of Hawaii scientists and colleagues have linked mussels growing on whale-bone falls with those at undersea hydrothermal vents. The work may explain the evolution of unusual life forms in the deep sea and has yielded novel bacteria that may be useful to humans. (2000-02-16)

When sperm whales talk, UW researcher listens
A University of Washington researcher has developed a method of acoustic analysis that allows him to identify individual sperm whales by the sounds they emit. The technology performed with nearly 100 percent accuracy during a pilot study on a limited number of whales. It promises to help researchers better understand how the leviathans interact as individuals and groups and could be an efficient means of tracking the movements of one of the ocean's more elusive mammals. (1999-10-28)

New paleontology research from Natural History Museum of L.A. at international conference
A team of paleontologists from the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County will announce new scientific discoveries at the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology conference. A new species of camel, a dinosaur nesting ground, new theories on the La Brea Tar Pits and origins of the White Shark and dolphin will be presented. (1999-10-18)

Could Humpback Whales Be Singing Grammatically?
Scientists in Massachusetts are analysing the clicks and squeals of humpback whales to see if they sing grammatically. By measuring the predictability of sequences of song, researchers hope to tell whether a whale is repeating itself or communicating complex messages. (1999-02-24)

Baby Dolphin "Little Orphan Annie" Loses Battle For Her Life
Early Wednesday morning (Feb. 10) at 12:15 a.m., eight days after her arrival at Harbor Branch Oceanographic's Emergency Marine Mammal Care and Rehabilitation Center, (1999-02-10)

Swimming Proficiency Of Marine Mammals Ranks Them Among The World's Elite Animal Athletes
A comparative study of running, swimming, and flying animals reveals the limits of mammalian physiology and highlights the evolutionary hurdle overcome by ancestral marine mammals in making the transition from land to water. (1999-01-19)

USGS Finds Sea Otters At Risk From Killer Whales In A Changing Ocean
Because of a lack of Steller sea lions and harbor seals, large numbers of sea otters are being eaten by hungry killer whales in western Alaska waters, according to findings in the October 16 issue of the journal Science. In (1998-10-15)

Killer Whales Have Begun Preying On Sea Otters, Causing Disruption Of Coastal Ecosystems In Western Alaska
With seals and sea lions in short supply in the North Pacific, killer whales are now feeding on sea otters, causing an abrupt decline in sea otter populations in western Alaska. The decline in sea otters has allowed their primary prey, sea urchins, to multiply and strip coastal kelp forests. (1998-10-15)

Alaska Scientists Say Salmon Declines Inevitable
Scientists at the University of Alaska Fairbanks say long- and short-term changes in the ocean, El Nino, and global climate warming all play a role in the decline of salmon returns to the state during the past two years. (1998-08-08)

As A 'Carbon Sponge,' Iron-Poor Coastal Waters Can't Always Do The Job, NaturePaper Shows
Like a sponge, the Earth's oceans store the greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide--but certain coastal waters can't perform this trick because they lack iron, a University of Delaware researcher reports in the June 11 issue of the journal, Nature. (1998-06-10)

Oceans Of Health And Discovery At New Lisbon Expo
The oceans' benefits to human health will be revealed to visitors to the 14,000-square-foot U.S. Pavilion at Expo '98 in Lisbon, Portugal, beginning May 22. This major international fair, with the theme, (1998-05-15)

Static Sound Reverses Movement Of Particle
A particle in motion in a fluid causes eddies which slowly spread out, and in doing so also causes a sound wave (a density wave). That sound is rapidly transmitted further and only an eddy remains. However, computer simulations at the Institute of Atomic and Molecular Physics of the NWO's Foundation for Fundamental Research in Matter have shown that the opposite occurs with particles in a narrow tube. The eddy is quickly absorbed but the sound wave remains and pushes the particle back. (1998-01-29)

New Method Simulates Sonic Boom Ocean Penetration
Penn State engineers have developed new methods for simulating sonic boom penetration into the ocean and estimating how loud a noise the boom makes underwater where it could potentially annoy whales, fish and other marine life. (1997-12-04)

Hawaiian Whales Show 'No Overt Response' To Sounds Of ATOC Simulation
Humpback whales off Hawaii appear not to be bothered by sounds from underwater speakers like those that eventually would be used for the Acoustic Thermometry of Ocean Climate study, Cornell biologists have told the National Marine Fisheries Service (1996-08-14)

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