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  San Diego Zoo's Animal Bytes: Whale
Whales use their tails in an up-and-down motion to swim, whereas fish use a back-and-forth motion with their tails.
Whales come in different sizes, but they all have smooth skin, flippers, and flat tails (called flukes) that propel them through the water.
Whale hunting, pollution, and human development along oceans and rivers have seriously impacted some whale populations.
www.sandiegozoo.org /animalbytes/t-whale.html   (819 words)

  
  Whale - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The baleen whales are characterized by baleen, a sieve-like structure in the upper jaw made of keratin, which they use to filter plankton from the water.
Whales are broadly classed as predators, but their food ranges from microscopic plankton to very large fish.
Whale mothers nurse the young by actively squirting the fatty milk into their mouths, a milk that according to German naturalist Dieffenbach, bears great similarities to cow's milk.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Whale   (2688 words)

  
 River Thames whale - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
It was confirmed that the whale was a female, and many of her vital organs were removed and her head was severed from the body and put into storage.
Some previous whale strandings are believed to have been caused by physical ill-health, resulting from factors such as parasite infections or pollution, which can disorient whales and cause them to strand themselves in shallow water.
In early February, a Sperm Whale stranded itself in the Humber Estuary and died shortly afterwards; the amount of media coverage it received was much less than that devoted to the Thames Whale.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/River_Thames_whale   (1925 words)

  
 The World-Wide Web Virtual Library: Whale-Watching Web
Whale watching as a commercial activity began in 1955 in North America along the southern California coast.
All the large whale species and many dolphins and porpoises canbe seen regularly on a wide range of tours, lasting from an hour to two weeks.
Whale watching is a non-consumptive use of whales with economic, recreational, educational and scientific dimensions.
www.physics.helsinki.fi /whale   (229 words)

  
 Humpback Whale Fact Sheet   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The humpback is a chunky, heavy-bodied whale that weighs 30-40 tons (27-36 metric tons) and reaches about 30-60 feet (9-18 m) in length.
This species is distinguished from other large whales by a more robust body, fewer throat grooves, a dorsal fin that varies in size and shape, and very long white flippers (up to one-third the total body length).
This whale is not actually humpbacked, but rather appears so when arching in preparation for a deep dive.
www.dec.state.ny.us /website/dfwmr/wildlife/endspec/huwhfs.html   (645 words)

  
 Whale   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Whales are mammals that live their entire lives in the water.
The humpback whale, one kind of whale, lives in all of the oceans.
Whales are thought to be talking to each other when they wiggle or slap the water with their tail flukes or flippers.
www.calstatela.edu /faculty/eviau/edit557/oceans/norma/owhale.htm   (310 words)

  
 Blue Whales - Wildlife of Antarctica - Antarctic Connection   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Once numbering close to 200,000 individuals, Blue whales were heavily exploited for their oil, meat, and baleen during the early to mid 1900's, severely reducing the species' population to near the point of extinction.
Since the International Whaling Commission (IWC) imposed a hunting ban in 1966, Blues have returned to several areas of their former range, but recovery is slow (current populations are only 1% of their former numbers).
Blue whales are so named because their skin has a light-gray-and-white mottled pattern, which appears light blue when the whale is just below the surface of the water on a sunny day.
www.antarcticconnection.com /antarctic/wildlife/whales/blue.shtml   (573 words)

  
 Whale - Defenders of Wildlife
Baleen whales have a comb-like fringe, called a baleen, on the upper jaw, which is used to filter plankton, as well as small fish and crustaceans.
Many whales, especially baleen whales, tend to migrate long distances from their cold-water feeding grounds to warm-water breeding grounds each year.
Whales are also threatened by climate change because higher water temperatures in the Antarctic Ocean are reducing populations of krill, a small-shrimp-like crustacean that is the main food source for some whale species.
www.defenders.org /wildlife_and_habitat/wildlife/whale.php   (810 words)

  
 Fin Whale | Cetacean Fact Sheet | American Cetacean Society
The fin whale is one of the rorquals, a family that includes the humpback whale, blue whale, Bryde's whale, sei whale, and minke whale.
Fin whales are found in all oceans of the world, though they seem to prefer temperate and polar waters to tropical seas.
Fin whales are found most often alone, but groups of 3-7 individuals are common, and association of larger numbers or concentrations may occur in some areas at times.
www.acsonline.org /factpack/finwhl.htm   (917 words)

  
 James Whale
Whale's interest in the possibilities of cinema combined such qualities of the theatre with Brechtian cinematic techniques such as his breaking of the “30 degree rule” of continuity editing, thus calling attention to the cuts and camera placement at the same repeated angles.
Whale's fondness for dressing his sets with huge bouquets of flowers can be read as a muted mark of gay authorship, given how central flowers were at the time as signifiers of gay male identity.
Whale understood these types from his upbringing; for all of the dishy and aristocratically bitchy hints of wit that have been so often noted in his work, he finds these working-class and regional types endearing and valid, and he does not condescend to them.
www.sensesofcinema.com /contents/directors/05/whale.html   (7569 words)

  
 Marine : Whale Pumps 12V Henderson Plumbing Bilge Diaphragm Submersible Pressure Water Systems Marine Caravan RV Shower ...
Whale marine products can be combined as a total water management system.
Whale have developed diaphragm pump technology over the last 40 years to manufacture the marine world's best known manual bilge pumps.
Whale electric products, including the Universal freshwater electric pressure pumps, are designed to retrofit any existing pump location with flexible feet that absorb vibration and reduce noise.The Whale Gulpers for toilet and shower waste both boast a unique, virtually unblockable valve design and multi-directional head means that they can be mounted almost anywhere.
www.whale.ltd.uk /marine   (245 words)

  
 BBC NEWS | England | London | Lost whale dies after rescue bid
As the whale was carried downstream towards the estuary a vet administered antibiotics.
The whale, which could weigh about four tonnes, was first spotted at on Friday morning by a man on a train.
There were reports of a pod of whales in the Thames estuary earlier in the week, and it was possible that the whale had become separated from this group.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/england/london/4635874.stm   (477 words)

  
 CNN.com - Race to save whale in London - Jan 20, 2006
The northern bottle-nosed whale was spotted in central London on Friday afternoon -- the first sighting in the river since whale-watching records began in 1913 -- as it flailed around the murky waters of the Thames, stirring up patches of what looked like blood as seagulls hovered above and rescue boats stood on the ready.
"A whale in the shallow water of the River Thames is like a human lost in the heat of the Sahara desert," said Laila Sadler, scientific officer at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
When sick, old or injured, whales often get disoriented and swim off from their pod, said Mark Simmonds, science director at Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, although witnesses reported seeing a second whale in a different section of the river Friday.
www.cnn.com /2006/WORLD/europe/01/20/britain.whale/index.html   (674 words)

  
 Blue Whale | Cetacean Fact Sheet | American Cetacean Society
The blue whale is one of the rorquals, a family that also includes the humpback whale, fin whale, Bryde's whale, sei whale, and minke whale.
The blue whale is blue-gray in color, but often with lighter gray mottling on a darker background (or with darker spots on a lighter background).
In modern times, blue whales in the Southern Hemisphere reach lengths of 90-100 feet, but their Northern Hemisphere counterparts are smaller, on average 75 to 80 feet (23 to 24.5 m).
www.acsonline.org /factpack/bluewhl.htm   (1247 words)

  
 BBC NEWS | England | London | Whale spotted in central London
The 16-18ft (5m) northern bottle-nosed whale, which is usually found in deep sea waters, has been seen as far upstream as Chelsea.
He said if attempts to re-direct the whale downstream failed, it might be necessary to put it down to prevent from suffering further.
Sperm whales have been seen in the Thames Estuary and porpoises have feasted on fish near Vauxhall Bridge, in central London.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/england/london/4631396.stm   (579 words)

  
 Whales, Whale Watching, Killer Whale at LiveScience.com
Whales are by far the largest creatures currently living on earth today, and are among the most massive to have ever existed.
Whales evolved from land dwelling mammals, and are believed to have first entered the water about 50 million years ago.
Baleen whales, which include the blue whale, the humpback whale and the gray whale among others, are characterized by having baleen plates in the front of their mouth instead of teeth for filtering their food from the water.
www.livescience.com /whales   (423 words)

  
 Welcome to The Whale Museum
The Whale Museum Store offers exclusive marine-themed merchandise, including watches, socks, travel mugs, cards, calendars, warm fleeces, jewelry and more...
The Whale Museum - 62 First St. N.
The Whale Museum is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization registered with the Secretary of State in Olympia, Washington.
www.whale-museum.org   (260 words)

  
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Whales are migratory animals, travelling vast distances to feed and reproduce in the world’s oceans and bays.
Each year several whale groups leave their feeding grounds in Antarctica to begin their epic voyage of approximately 10,000kms to Australia’s warmer waters.
While abundant food is available for whales in Antarctica, newborn calves would not survive in the icy waters of the Antarctic; hence the annual return to the warm waters.
www.ifaw.org /ifaw/general/default.aspx?oid=94531   (169 words)

  
 World Wide Whales - Absolutely Awesome !
Found in all the oceans of the world, whales are members of the Cetacea order of marine mammals, which also includes Dolphins and Porpoises.
Toothed Whales (Odontoceti) are predators eating a variety of marine wildlife, wheras Baleen Whales (Mysticeti) have a filter called a baleen used to sieve tiny food particles from the water.
Besides Humpbacks, Orcas, Minkes, Melon-Headed, and other whales, dolphins, turtles, dugongs and more can be seen in the sub-tropical waters of the Fraser Coast and Port of Maryborough, of which Hervey Bay is a part.
dkd.net /whales   (273 words)

  
 Whale Communications: Products > Express Edition   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The Express Edition is well-suited both for mid-tier organizations and divisions within larger corporations looking to extend access to a specific group of employees with a consistent need for remote access to enterprise resources – such as field salesforces – that can be supported through a specific portal residing on the gateway.
Whale has developed a series of software modules that run over the SSL VPN connection, allowing administrators to bind policy to the session and transparent to the application.
The application intelligence underpinning Whale's core Intelligent Application Gateway offerings provides the tools for supplementing the product's native capabilities with software modules that optimize access to applications by providing, out-of-the-box, preconfigured insights into how each application functions and it's potential security vulnerabilities.
www.whalecommunications.com /site/Whale/Corporate/Whale.asp?pi=192   (458 words)

  
 The Squid and the Whale (2005)   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Plot Outline: Based on the true childhood experiences of Noah Baumbach and his brother, The Squid and the Whale tells the touching story of two young boys dealing with their parents divorce in Brooklyn in the 1980's.
The Whale Room in the Museum of Natural History was renovated to look as in the movie in around 2004.
I was always afraid of the squid and whale fighting.
www.imdb.com /title/tt0367089   (797 words)

  
 Whale-related Links
The Whale Museum - Educates the public on whales and marine ecosystems.
Whale Watching Education - Peaceful coexistence among whales, boats and people.
The Whale Museum is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization registered with the Secretary of State in Olympia, Washington.
www.whale-museum.org /links.html   (339 words)

  
 Whale Watcher
Whale watching is so popular that many people find this application to be entertaining, educational, interesting and useful.
The Whale Watcher will ask you some questions as it tries to identify the whale that you have observed.
This version of our popular Whale Watcher system uses a Java Applet to demonstrate how easy it is to put an expert system on the World Wide Web.
www.aiinc.ca /demos/whale.html   (377 words)

  
 ECOCEAN Whale Shark Photo-identification Library
The ECOCEAN Whale Shark Photo-identification Library is a visual database of whale shark (Rhincodon typus) encounters and of individually catalogued whale sharks.
The library is maintained and used by marine biologists to collect and analyse whale shark encounter data to learn more about these amazing creatures.
ECOCEAN generates new population models for whale sharks at Ningaloo Marine Park in Western Australia.
www.whaleshark.org   (317 words)

  
 Pacific Whale Foundation
The non profit organization dedicated to protecting whales and their ocean home.
Pacific Whale Foundation is putting out the call for photos of humpback whales for a soon-to-be published updated version of the popular book, Hawaii's Humpback Whales.
Join Pacific Whale Foundation and support our work to protect whales, dolphins and their ocean habitats.
www.pacificwhale.org   (423 words)

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