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WHALES

 

 


"The whales of Puget Sound are the most toxic whales on Earth.
Puget Sound is just a huge cesspool. Well, imagine if that goes global."

  - Peter D. Ward, Ph.D.
Professor of Geological Sciences
University of Washington

 

Cook Inlet Belugas are in Decline

The population of this genetically distinct species has shrunk to a critically low number in the Alaskan waters of Cook Inlet, despite a 7-year harvest limit on hunting.  The National Marine Fisheries Service will conduct a review of possible threats to determine if the inlet belugas need to be put on the Endangered and Threatened list.  Noise, development and pollution will be investigated as possible causes.

Whale Net

 

Learn about species, classification and behavior; real-time satellite tracking of marine life; how to analyze data and maps; what to do if you find a stranded marine mammal.
Interact with researchers and scientists; share experiences with student researchers; read about animal rescue and rehabilitation; experience the daily journal of A Day on a Whale Watch; see movie clips; listen to whales and learn about underwater acoustics and the science of sounds.
WhaleNet Index
Resource Links
Whales and Dolphins Whales, dolphins and porpoises are warm-blooded, air-breathing mammals that live in every ocean on the planet.  Many of them make long migrations and have very interesting behavior and ways of communicating.  Learn more about cetaceans and what is being done to protect them. See links to Whales and Dolphins on left navigation bar. (WorldWildlife.org)
Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises Learn about the scientific taxonomic order that cetaceans are categorized in, number of species, behaviors we are aware of, how they navigateby echolocation, and  what scientists know and don't know about why some of these species "strand" themselves on beaches. (Nat'l Marine Mammal Laboratory - NOAA)

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Orca at Home

"Orcas are a key indicator species of what’s happening to the health of marine ecosystems around the world."

"...at the top of the ocean food chain, they’re also “sentinels of the contaminants” all around humans."
Ocean Alliance The Ocean Alliance (Whale Conservation Institute) works to protect whales and the oceans they live in through their global research, scientific expeditions, education programs, and raising awareness of the threats to the ocean environment and cetaceans.   They work to influence the general public and world governments to adopt laws to protect ocean habitat and species.  Links are provided to educational information, videos, photos, sounds, reports from Voyage of the Odyssey and research scientists, and resources to learn all about these magnificent creatures.
Discovery School's
A-Z Science
Whales are mammals, not fish.  Learn about baleen whales (right whales, gray whales, and rorquals), and toothed whales (sperm whales, beaked whales, belugas and narwhals, dolphins and porpoises, and 
river dolphins).  You may be surprised to learn where whales nostrils are and how they breathe when they come to the surface.  Baby Blue Whales gain about 200 pounds a day on their mother whale's rich milk, and they grow to be the largest animals on Earth.  Click on the illustrations in this article to enlarge the pictures.
Gray Whales
with Winston
Winston, the whale-watching dog (the one with the drooling tongue and the binoculars), is so excited to tell you about his friends, the Gray Whales, that he can't stop wagging his tail.  You will love the fun and colorful illustrations on this site, while you "bone-up" on your knowledge about this important species.  List of resource links is provided to help you find more information about whales, porpoises and dolphins.  Winston wants you to be a friend to the Gray Whales too.  Will you?
Center for
Coastal Studies
Known as "those guys who rescue whales," CCS is the only institution (at the time of this writing) on the East Coast of the U.S. with federal authorization to perform whale rescues, working with the National Marine Fisheries Service and the Coast Guard to disentangle whales from fishing gear at sea.
"The Right Whale
Named Metompkin:
Story of Survival"
One of the world's rarest animals is discovered entangled in 300 ft. of heavy fishing net and in very serious danger.  This northern right whale is the most endangered of all the large whales.  Read the story of the daring attempt by rescuers to cut the fishing net loose in dangerously high seas.  Metompkin is very important for the survival of her species.
Whale Songs Join the crew on the research vessel, Song of the Whale, for a 2-week excursion in the Azores Islands.  Read the detailed journals of the American science teacher onboard and click on the pictures and sound links.  What an unbelievable experience to swim alongside such gentle giants.
Harmful Fishing A YEN FOR PROTECTED SPECIES
PROTECTED WHALE SPECIES STILL BEING HUNTED AND KILLED
Harpooning the Whale Ban
"Awash in whale, Japan can't eat it all"
INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT WHALES Scientists have found evidence that Alaskan Bowhead whales can live 150-211 years.  As much as two centuries!
National Geographic News
In winter, Gray whales swim almost 5,600 miles from Alaska to the warm waters of Mexico where they will give birth.  Then each April they swim all the way back up to Alaska.
National Geographic News
Fewer Gray Whales

Researchers warn Gray Whales may be in trouble, as fewer whales have migrated to their breeding grounds in Mexico's lagoons this year.
(MSNBC, 2/10/06)

Blue Whale The Blue Whale is the largest living animal on Earth.

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