Marine mammals have a special ability, one that humans can hardly replicate. They can hold their breath for hours inside water appearing on the surface for a brief second to fill up and submerge again. Now scientists say they have finally found the property that allows these mammals to do so.
Fin Whales are the second largest animals in the world and yet the least understood. But scientists are now trying out ways to find out more about these sea mammals by using technology used to study earthquakes.gr
The Antarctic blue whale is the largest creature in the world; it is also one of the most difficult animals to track. In fact, researchers have had such a hard time successfully tracking their activity that very little is known about how the animal feeds and migrates.
Scotland has their feared but beloved Loch Ness monster. The Pacific Northwest has Bigfoot. Lake Tahoe now has its own “monster.” If not dealt with, these “monsters” could destroy the lake’s entire ecosystem.
Earlier this month, the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) responded on a mass dolphin stranding at Two Peoples Bay Nature on Western Australia’s south coast. After assessing the situation, DEC decided it would be best to give the 100-150 spotted dolphins a chance to get out on their own.
Great white sharks are probably one of the most feared animals in the sea, especially by humans. But these fearsome predators, featured in the classic movie, “Jaws,” are in some serious trouble according to some local conservation groups. After conducting a series of scientific studies, the conservation groups determined that only about 350 great whites now exist off the California and Baja Mexico coasts.
When the peak whale season hits between the months of January and March, boaters are more likely to spot whales just off the shores. Unfortunately, they may not spot them at all; this sometimes causes what is known as a “whale strike” in which the boat and the whale collide.
In the Gowanus Canal, which runs a mile and a half through a narrow industrial zone near some of the wealthiest neighborhoods in Brooklyn, a seven foot dolphin swam last week. It is thought that he came from the canal from the Atlantic Ocean through the Lower and Upper New York Bays and then Gowanus Bay, which leads to the canal – about 20 miles away from the open ocean.
When you think about dolphins, you probably imagine highly social animals that enjoy basking in the lime light. For the most part, you’d be right. Sperm whales, on the other hand, tend to be on the opposite end of the socialization spectrum; they’re shy, reserved, and they rarely mingle with other sea creatures.
When a hunter found eleven killer whales (orcas) trapped in Hudson’s Bay in northeastern Canada, there was little hope for their survival. With only one small hole for the pod of whales to surface, breathing room was scarce. If locals didn’t do something to create more space, it was very likely that some (or all) of the whales would die.
Scientists aboard the manned submersible Johnson-Sea-Link were pleasantly surprised to find and collect an array of glowing sea creatures living deep inside oceans off the Bahamas. The expedition was on the lookout for these previously known bottom dwellers known to spread their bioluminescence.