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Study Shows Whales and Dolphins Live Human-Like Lives Thanks to Their Big Brains

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Study Shows Whales and Dolphins Live Human-Like Lives Thanks to Their Big Brains

Source: The Guardian/Katharina Kropshofer - October 18, 2017

Life is not so different beneath the ocean waves. Bottlenose dolphins use simple tools, orcas call each other by name, and sperm whales talk in local dialects. more…

Trump Administration Fails to List Walrus as Endangered, Dealing The Iconic Marine Mammal a ‘Death Sentence’

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Trump Administration Fails to List Walrus as Endangered, Dealing The Iconic Marine Mammal a ‘Death Sentence’

Source: The Guardian/Oliver Milman - October 5, 2017

The Trump administration has declined to list the Pacific walrus as endangered after deciding that the huge tusked mammals may be able to adapt to the loss more…

Warming Seas Will Bring New Dangers For Whales

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Warming Seas Will Bring New Dangers For Whales

Source: The New York Times/Karen Weintraub - October 5, 2017

From the top of the six-story lighthouse, water stretches beyond the horizon in every direction. A foghorn bleats twice at 22-second intervals, interrupting the endless more…

Elephant Seals That Explore New Foraging Grounds Fare Better in a Changing Climate Than the Traditionalists

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Elephant Seals That Explore New Foraging Grounds Fare Better in a Changing Climate Than the Traditionalists

Source: Hakai Magazine/Rebecca Heisman - September 29, 2017

West Coast elephant seals have one of two broad dispositions: some are traditionalists and some are explorers.

Every summer and fall, female elephant seals leave more…

Whales and Dolphins as ‘Sentinels’ of Ocean Health

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Whales and Dolphins as ‘Sentinels’ of Ocean Health

Source: The Conversation/Stephanie Plön - September 26, 2017

From the poles to the equator, marine mammals such as seals, dolphins and whales, play an important role in global ecosystems as apex predators, ecosystem engineers and more…

Dolphins

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Dolphins

Source: One Species at a Time/Ari Daniel - September 12, 2017

You have probably seen cans of tuna in your local supermarket marked “dolphin safe.” That label means the tuna was fished in a way that more…

New Legislation in California Aimed at Creating Reducing Whale Deaths by Ship Strike

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New Legislation in California Aimed at Creating Reducing Whale Deaths by Ship Strike

Source: Press-Telegram/Rachel Uranga - September 11, 2017

The 79-foot endangered blue whale that washed ashore in Northern California in May was no match for the ship that hit it. Nor was the 56-foot endangered more…

Whales Are Diving Deeper and Longer When Exposed to Sonar, Which Could Trigger ‘The Bends’

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Whales Are Diving Deeper and Longer When Exposed to Sonar, Which Could Trigger ‘The Bends’

Source: Phys.org/Royal Society Open Science/Bob Yirka - September 1, 2017

A combined team of researchers from Marine Ecology and Telemetry Research and the U.S. Navy's Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division has found evidence of whales more…

Long Distance Relationships: Are Blue Whales Using New ‘Microphone Channel’ to Communicate in?

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Long Distance Relationships: Are Blue Whales Using New ‘Microphone Channel’ to Communicate in?

Source: Phys.org/Oregon State University/Mark Floyd - August 25, 2017

For the past two decades, scientists have documented a gradual lowering of the frequency of blue whale calls and they haven't been sure why – more…

Trump Administration Cancels Proposed By-catch Limits on Marine Mammals and Sea Turtles

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Trump Administration Cancels Proposed By-catch Limits on Marine Mammals and Sea Turtles

Source: Los Angeles Times/Dan Weikel - June 15, 2017

The Trump administration announced Monday that it has canceled proposed limits on the number of endangered whales, dolphins and sea turtles that can be killed more…