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Why Do the Japanese Hunt Whales? - “As a Christian, I live by the Bible, so I never indulge in such activities,” Mr. Nanyaro said to undercover reporters (Ogilvie, 2010). He is one of the commissioners in the International Whaling Commission (IWC), and he admitted that Japan provided prostitutes when he visited Japan and lived in a five-star hotel. Meanwhile, according to Ogilvie (2010), Tanzania’s IWC commissioner was recording saying that politicians from his country were flown to Japan where they were offered prostitutes (Ogilvie, 2010), and these bribery allegations came just a week before the IWC meets in Morocco....   [tags: killing of whales]
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Killing the Whales - In 1986, The International Whaling Commission (IWC) implemented a moratorium to stop commercial whaling. Many people believe that this would save the whales and end forever the industrial slaughter that had decimated the many different species. Being an animal lover and just getting back from Florida for over a year, I realized how beautiful and important the ocean and the animals that live in it are. In Florida I saw many different types of ocean species, but I have never seen a whale in real life....   [tags: Downside of Whaling]
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Solution to the Decreasing of Number of Whales - The world consistently undergoes ecological change, and each change, whether positive or negative, affects living creatures differently. Some of these changes are biological, stemming from the natural processes that envelope our complex ecosystem, while others are brought about from mans neglect for the delicate world we live in. One of the most controversial topics within the last century surrounding the perpetual damage life on earth, has been the declining population of cetaceans, or whales. Their decreasing numbers are sometimes due to natural factors, but for the most part the unnatural factors outweigh these....   [tags: cetaceans, ban, law, mammals, IWC, Japan]
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Killer Whales Kept in Captivity - ... Some people argue that keeping orcas in captivity is not a problem, yet they do not realize some of the limitations and dangers orcas suffer when kept in captivity. One reason is that these unpredictable, thirty-foot long creatures are usually kept in a tank that is too small for them, compared to the ocean where they can swim freely. In captivity, space is limited. According to one expert, “orcas can swim up to 100 miles per day- a phenomenal amount, in comparison to the exercise they receive in captivity” (Cronin)....   [tags: amusement parks, attacks, orcas]
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The Conservation of Whales and Dolphins - The Conservation of Whales and Dolphins: Science and Practice, edited by Mark P. Simmons and Judith D. Hutchinson, is a book I have decided to utilize as a foundation piece for my final paper. This book contains in-depth information from multiple authors, compiled in chapter format. The compilations discuss many global issues revolving around the cetacean species, such as the protection and conservation of these water mammals and the various ways that they are endangered or harmed. This book also contains information about numerous international organizations and departments that regulate and maintain whaling laws and marine-life policies....   [tags: water mammals, cetacean, whaling, protection]
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Born Free: Killer Whales - ... This includes fish, seals, and big whales such as blue whales. Orcas are very family and group oriented (OrcaHome.com). They stay with the same pod throughout their whole life. Different Whale pods have different sounds. Each pod has their own dialect of sounds. They can easily recognize their own pod from several miles away based on the differences in calls (Killer-Whales.com). Wild capture of the Whales is brutal. Entire pods may be targeted, but only the young and fit are taken, sometimes leaving others injured....   [tags: seaworld, orcas, ]
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The Evolution of Whales - The Evolution of Whales Image sitting on the beach one July morning. The sun is beaming down and decide to go for a swim. As you approach the water, you see a whale unusually close. You begin to get nervous as it continues to approach the shore. However, you aren’t worried because you know that they are confined to the sea. As the whale comes near you can see it clearly. Just as you think that it will turn around, the whale walks out of the ocean. If you were to live during the tertiary period, this would be one of the things you would often see....   [tags: Exploratory Essays Research Papers]
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The Evolution of Whales - The Evolution of Whales The origin of modern day whales, a mystery that has puzzled paleontologists for years, may have just been solved with the discovery of an ankle bone. This discovery might sound simple and unimportant, but the bones of these ancient animals hold many unanswered questions and provide solid proof of origin and behavior. The relationship between whales and other animals has proven to be difficult because whales are warm-blooded, like humans, yet they live in the sea. The fact that they are warm-blooded suggests that they are related to some type of land animal....   [tags: Anthropology Essays Paleontology Papers]
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The Capturing of Beluga Whales from the Artic - ... With this in consideration, taking these whales from the wild is not a good idea. However, it is not for the same reasons people argue for other marine mammals, being that it is cruel to take a mammal from the vast sea and put them in a tank, that although may be big, will never compare to the vastness of an ocean. Although this does come into play with the argument against allowing these animals to be taken from the Artic, the main problem that the federal government needs to take into consideration is the Belugas unique lifestyle, consisting of being born into and staying with their families up until death....   [tags: ]
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Save the Whales - Every day whales around the world are being killed. Although some whales are being killed for scientific purposes, the majority of them are killed for their meat by poachers or whalers working for different countries. Careless companies dispose of their waste incorrectly, and in today's society, people do not seem to care about anything but themselves. Arguments can be made both for saving the whales and for killing them; this is a topic that has caused much debate over the past two decades, not only in America, but worldwide....   [tags: Environmental] 1911 words
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The Effect of Underwater Acoustics on Whales - The Effect of Underwater Acoustics on Whales Whales utilize acoustic frequencies to communicate underwater. If the whales are unable to communicate their bi-annual migration can become perilous. Man-made low frequency sonarcan prevent whales from producing soundand sometimes causes them to take alternate routes. When the whales try to avoid the sonar they are in danger of running ashore and perishing after being beached. Introduction: Twice a year, around the months of December and May, populations of gray whales migrate from Mexico to Alaska....   [tags: Papers]
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Whaling: The hunting of Fin Whales in Antarctic Ocean - ... Whaling guns had a Society of Arts for a successful way of killing whales. The Flintlocks were used at this time in 1730s. These were not very good to use when wet and it was very hard to avoid water in a pitching open boat. It was a muzzle-loading weapon fired by a lanyard. Some of these guns had double hammers to lessen the chance of a misfire. (foster) Where did whaling started with early people of in Korea were they was hunting whales from 5000 B.C. and there was Norway began whaling at about 4,000 years ago....   [tags: japanese, innocent animals, ]
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Scientific Analysis of Killer Whales - Scientific Analysis of Killer Whales Scientific Classification: Order & Genus. The scientific order of all types of whales is Cetacea. This large order is broken down into three further groups as well: the toothed whales or Odontoceti, which includes killer whales, dolphins, porpoises, beluga whales, and sperm whales, the baleen whales or Mysticeti, which include blue whales, humpback whales, gray whales, and right whales, and the Archaeoceti order, which are all now extinct. The genus of these species is Orcinus orca....   [tags: Papers] 1409 words
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Whales - Whale weighs as much as 20 elephants but lives beneath the sea. The blue whale is Earth's largest animal. Larger than the largest of ancient dinosaurs, blue whales can grow to be more than 100 feet (30 meters) long and weigh nearly 150 tons. Not all whales are so large. The much smaller pilot whale grows to about 28 feet (8.5 meters) in length. And dolphins, which belong to the whale family, range only from 3 to 13 feet (1 to 4 meters). Although whales spend their lives in the sea, they are, like humans, warm-blooded mammals....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Killer Whales - The Orcas - Killer Whales - The Orcas Killer whales are one of the most fascinating displays of ocean life. The killer whale has characteristics that are important to its survival in the ocean. It is interesting to know that killer whales have a plentiful diet. It is astounding to see how killer whales behave in the ocean. I plan to tell you about the killer whale, its characteristics, its diet, and its behavior in the ocean as well as the predation of the orca. Orcinus orca is the scientific name for the massive marine mammal....   [tags: Research Essays Papers]
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The Mammalian Nature of Whales - The Mammalian Nature of Whales There is a moment that comes to many of us as children; it’s a defining moment, a moment that takes us across the threshold from innocence to knowledge. It can be bittersweet, disillusioning, or perhaps revelatory for the child. It’s the moment when we learn that a whale is, in fact, not a fish, but a mammal. A mammal. We think. But how can that be. They’re—well, they should be fish. So what if they breathe air and nurse their young. A child hearing this may find something fundamentally wrong with the concept of whale-as-mammal....   [tags: Anthropology Essays Paleontology Papers]
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Ten of the Most Endangered Whales on Earth by Russel Mcledon - ... “I’m going to get our food back mama!” “Honey,are you sure you can do that?” Her mom asked worried. “Yes,mom!” C-witty said with a smile. “Try your best and don’t give up,we love you very much C-witty..” Her mom’s voice was beginning to weaken. “We love you so much..” Her dad's voice growing weak as well. “I love you both so much. I’ll get our food back for you both. I promise!” C-witty said with determination in her voice knowing what was happening to her parents. Her parents had gone by then, They swam into the sky together....   [tags: narrative, sea, c-witty]
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Shelley's versus Whales' Frankenstein - Mary Shelly’s novel, Frankenstein and James Whales version of her book differ in many ways. The most important difference is Whales making the monster less human. He made him a deaf mute and violent. He came across as almost sub-human and barely capable of anything but following basic orders, grunting and shouting. While Shelly’s novel the monster constantly wanted to communicate with people but was unable to do so due to his appearance. He simply scared people. This resulted into isolation and the fuel behind his anger, hatred and crimes....   [tags: Comparative Literature] 1011 words
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Physics of Whales Swimming - Animals can't rotate like wheels on a car. They must move by oscillatory motion. The resulting flow of fluids are complex and create agonizing studies for biofluid students. These students often find themselves at the forefront on research in fluid dynamics of unsteady, complex viscous flows. Often men have marveled at the dolphins and whale and at how gracefully they moved through the water. Jim Rohr, a fluid dynamicist working for the US Navy was on an evening cruise in the waters near San Diego when he saw nature doing what scientists had failed to do in the lab: reveal water motion to the naked eye....   [tags: physics whale swim] 802 words
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Killer Whales - Killer Whales *Missing Works Cited* Whales are giant creatures that live in the sea. They look like fish, but are not. Whales belong to the group of animals called mammals. Whales belong to the group of mammals called cetaceans, which comes from a Latin word meaning large sea animal. There are two major groups of whales. The first group is mysticeti (baleen whales), and the other isodontoceti (toothed whales). In the group odontoceti, there is a family of whales called delphinidae (dolphins and small toothed whales)....   [tags: Papers] 1260 words
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Beluga Whales - A. Swimming. 1. In general, beluga whales are slow swimmers. They commonly swim about 3 to 9 kph (1.9-5.6 mph). They are, however, capable of sustaining a maximum speed of 22 kph (13.6 mph) for as long as 15 minutes (Nowak, 1991; Ridgway and Harrison, 1981). 2. Belugas can swim forward and backward (Nowak, 1991). 3. Beluga whales often swim at depths barely covering their bodies (Ridgway and Harrison, 1981). B. Diving. 1. Beluga whales typically don't dive very deep, usually to about 20 m (66 ft.)....   [tags: essays research papers] 681 words
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killer whales - KEIKO THE KILLER WHALE UNHAPPY IN ICELAND WATERS Reykjavik, Sept 13 AFP - A project to repatriate Keiko the killer whale, the lovable star of the Hollywood Free Willy movies, to his native Iceland waters one year ago has been a failure, a project spokesman admitted today. Keiko, who was flown home to Iceland from Oregon almost exactly a year ago amid a huge media frenzy that garnered worldwide attention, has still not begun to swim in deep waters on his own and is incapable of hunting fish to feed himself....   [tags: essays research papers] 697 words
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Why the Makah Indians Hunt Whales - Why the Makah Indians hunt whales: “Whales provide us with the food for our bodies, bones for our tools and implements and spirits for our souls.” “We haven’t hunted the whale for 70 years but have hunted them in our hearts and in our minds.” “Whales are a central focus of our culture today as they have been from the beginning of time.” This has been a tradition of the Makah Indians for more than 2000 years. They had to stop in 1926 due to the scarcity of gray whales. But their abundance now makes it possible to resume their ancient practice of the hunt....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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No Wild Orcas in Entertainment - ... One thing that is absolutely fascinating is that these killer whales communicate in their own language once they are in a pod. The offspring's never leave their mother's side throughout their time in the wild. At places like Sea World and Miami Seaquarium, these orcas are forced to live with other families making it almost impossible to communicate. Many times, a newborn will be taken away from its mother to another facility for performances. There have been cases where the mothers of these offspring's have been secluded from other whales due to sadness and depression....   [tags: killer whales, sea world]
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Sonar Frecuency of the Navy to Affect Whales and Dolphins - Have you ver gone swimming with the dolphins, heard the natural sounds of the ocean while diving or seen a whale. Weither you were in the water or saw Shamu at Sea Worlk you understand the beauty of these extravagant animals. Since the late 1980’s the U.S. Military, specifically the Navy, is pushing a program that, if approved, will soon be bombarding millions of whales and dolphins around the world with intense noise. In the oceans, Whales and dolphins orient themselves and locate objects through echolocation....   [tags: essays research papers] 471 words
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Analysis of Joy Williams' Save the Whales, Screw the Shrimp - Analysis of Joy Williams' Save the Whales, Screw the Shrimp Save the Whales, Screw the Shrimp is an essay written by Joy Williams, about the overwhelming complacency that todays culture shows towards nature.Williams argues in a very satirical way, that todays culture has all but completely lost touch with what nature really is, and that unless we as a nation change our morals regarding the role that nature plays in human existence, we may very well be witnessing the dawn of our own destruction....   [tags: Joy Williams Nature Ocean Essays Ecology] 899 words
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Orcas in SeaWorld - As a child I loved going to SeaWorld to see “Shamu” and his performances. It was a magical place where I could go see one of the most beautiful creatures on the planet wave at me, splash me and even do a small dance. Little did I know that the captivity of these grandiose animals is extremely harmful. Half a century ago in 1964, the first orcinus orca or killer whale was captured and put on display (Rose 1). Today, there are forty-five orcas in captivity with about half being born in confinement (“Killer Whales in Captivity”)....   [tags: killer whales, shamu]
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Life Experience of Sea Animals in Captivity - ... (Kirby), Orca whales have the ability to take down any other sea life even if it is bigger than they are. For example, if a whale and a great white shark were fighting for a source of food, the whale would win. Orcas have discovered that if you swim up underneath the shark and then knock it over on its back, the shark will basically be defenseless, the orca could easily kill or eat the shark from there. A main source of food for the orca is seals. Orcas have also discovered a way to sneak up on the seal without the seal knowing....   [tags: seaworld, sea mammals, whales, orcas]
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The Sea Mermaid: Manatees - ... Ultimately, loss of habitat is the most serious threat facing manatees in the United States today. There is a minimum population count of 4,834 manatees as of January 2011, according to the most recent synoptic survey. Human related situations cause most manatee deaths (“Manatee Facts” 1). Along with the fact the death rate of manatees is going up, they do not reproduce often enough to keep the manatee population strong. A manatee is born only every 2 to 5 years (“Manatee Facts” 1). Therefore, manatees do not reproduce very often....   [tags: aquatic mammal, whales, sea cows]
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Comparing Barry Lopez's A Presentation of Whales and Scott Russell Sander's Buckeye - Comparing Barry Lopez's A Presentation of Whales and Scott Russell Sander's Buckeye Was it just a coincidence that I had my first—televised—encounter with sperm whales only a day after I read Barry Lopez’s essay, “A Presentation of Whales”. Was my strong spiritual response to Scott Russell Sander’s “Buckeye” a sign that I, too, will feel the ghostly presences of my beloved kindred when they leave this world. No way. I am not a mystic. I am not supernaturally connected to sperm whales or spirits, but I will admit that I entertained self-important thoughts while reading both essays....   [tags: Compare Contrast lopez sander Essays] 1320 words
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Whale's Life on Entertainment Parks - ... Some of the tasks that need to be completed are swimming a distance in a set amount of time, diving to the bottom of the pool, and being able to speak on the microphone after performing these physical activities. SeaWorld only requires a high school diploma and for the person to be scuba certified. The trainers obviously spend much time with the animals they work with in order to build a strong relationship. While building this relationship, the trainers almost become hooked on the whales, always wanting to know more about these fascinating creatures....   [tags: sea world, whales, shamu show, animal welfare]
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Stop Whaling Now - Norway currently (2008) allows 1,052 minke whales to be hunted commercially for meat each year. Norway has killed over 8,100 whales since the whaling ban began; Japan currently (2008) kills 1,415 great whales from six species each year, for ‘scientific research. The IWC has condemned this as unnecessary and called on Japan to stop their hunts in over 20 separate Resolutions, Iceland killed 200 minke whales between 2003 and 2007 for 'scientific' purposes (WSPA). This is a very disturbing fact because these creatures have as much of a right to be on this beautiful planet earth as much as any human does and we are killing them senselessly and for no real good reason....   [tags: whaling ban, hunting, IWC, Japan, whales]
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Norwegian Whaling - Norwegian Whaling Modern commercial whaling is continuously being over-exploited as whaling companies strive to maximize their profits despite international protest and a ban by the International Commission. Many various species of whales have been extinct, and the relatively few whales that remain are extremely vulnerable, and the factors that led to their over-exploitation in the past have not changed. Norway, one of the several countries involved in illegal whaling, has again refused to accept the international moratorium on whaling and has announced that its catch quotas for whales have risen....   [tags: Whaling Conservation Hunting Whales Essays]
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Whalen v. J.P. Morgan Chase - ... Whalen, a mortgage underwriter with Chase, performed mortgage eligibility and approvals based on predetermined guidelines established by Chase. Whalen filed suit and sought a declaratory judgment from district on the grounds that Chase violated the FSLA overtime provision by treating him as an exempt employee and not paying him overtime. Initially, the district court ruled in favor of Chase, citing the work performed by Whalen, correctly satisfied his employment classification guidelines as an exempt employee....   [tags: Overtime Pay Court Case]
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The Hartford Whalers Are Going Going ... - The Hartford Whalers Are Going Going ... The Hartford Whalers are in a very tough situation at this time. When Peter Karmanos bought the team in May of 1994, he inherited the worst lease agreement at the smallest arena in the NHL. The Hartford Civic Center lease agreement creates profit for private companies; however, the lease causes the Whalers to lose money. The mall is owned and operated by Aetna; therefore it has nothing to do with the Whalers. The city of Hartford owns the coliseum, parking garage, and exhibition hall....   [tags: essays research papers] 2267 words
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Whaling: The Issues Within The Murder - ... 18). At this point, a restriction had been put in place so that whaling only happened 3 months of the year and protected females and calves. Many whale species have not, and will never recover from the remorseless killing (Baker, 1999 pp. 14, 23). Whales are some of the most endangered creatures of the world, and many are still hunted today. Humans killing whales has disrupted the delicate food chain of the oceans. Whales – Baleen especially – stabilise the flow of the food chain and by killing these whales the food chain doesn't run as smoothly....   [tags: environment, species]
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A Brief History of Whaling - While you could argue that practically everyone who has gone through the American education system has at least heard of Moby Dick, the whaling industry, a main element of the epic, is not so well known. In order to fully understand and appreciate this great work, it is in my opinion, important to have somewhat of an understanding of the industry which it is centered around. This is especially true because whaling was such a prominent, and important aspect of 19th century culture and although far less popular, still exists today....   [tags: Trade]
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Killer Whale in Captivity - Captivity is the state or period of being imprisoned, confined, or enslaved, according to Wiktionary. Every year, marine parks and aquariums, like SeaWorld, make billions of dollars through ticket sales. SeaWorld estimates about 70% of their total revenue is due to their performing killer whales (Jeffs). People visit from all over the world to encounter killer whales up close. “Their beauty and power, combined with willingness to work with humans, have made them legendary performers” (Gorman). In recent years, humans have gained the ability to tame and train these creatures....   [tags: seaworld, parks, incidents]
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Effects of Illegal Whaling in The Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary on Benthic and Pelagic Ecosystems - Whaling in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary (SOWS) is an ongoing issue despite laws and regulations prohibiting commercial hunting in these waters. Whaling fleets from Japan use scientific research to justify continued whaling in the Southern Ocean. Weak enforcement of the regulations set up in the SOWS has allowed countries, most notably Japan, to continue their hunts with little interference. If whaling continues in the SOWS, it may lead to irreversible effects to the ecosystem of the Southern Ocean....   [tags: Ecology]
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Overview of the Whaling of the Makah People - ... In 2005, the Makah people applied for a waiver to continue their whaling practice. This was followed by much criticism and launched an environmental impact study on the Makah whaling practices. While awaiting the conclusion of the environmental impact, another study was published by two Canadian Scientist, Jim Darling and Tim Frasier, that there was a small population of ‘resident’ gray whales in the area that the Makah hunted. The study’s findings show that around 200 whales are the specific ‘resident’ whales that are not related to the roughly 20,000 other eastern North Pacific gray whales....   [tags: indigenous people, Pacific Northwest]
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SeaWorld: Behind the Scenes - ... Kandu, a 14 year-old killer whale at SeaWorld San Diego, was killed on August 22, 1989. SeaWorld issued a statement that the whale died after a “physical accident” with Corky, another female whale, during one of the shows but they refused to give anymore details about the circumstances of the death. It was said that “Corky and Kandu have been rivals for female dominance in the SeaWorld killer whale pools.” Kandu bled out after being rammed by Corky and broke her jaw rupturing one of her main arteries....   [tags: sea creatures, killer whale]
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Is Whaling Humane? - Introduction Whaling has become a global environmental issue as vast numbers of whales are killed commercially and scientifically every year. Intense debate on the necessity of whaling has been stirred but failed to be resolved due to the lacking of pragmatic measures employed by the responsible parties. Whaling nations continue to defend their whaling right for cultural and research purposes. Yet, ethical and humanity issues are among the controversial disputes raised by concerned public. In February 2010, International Whaling Commission (IWC) proposed a plan of lifting whaling ban by limiting scientific whaling activities with the intention of reducing overall number of whales killed be...   [tags: The Whaling Controversy]
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Commercial Whaling - ... Whale carcasses provide food for all kind of organisms, and the fecal matter from a whale helps regulate the carbon and keep the water at a chemical balance, they also help keep carbon regulated in the air, by helping the aquatic environment (Mynott). Modern day studies have actually proven that whales are also intelligent and loving creatures. The mass slaughter of pods does not need to happen under the name of research. It is wrong to kill peaceful animals that produce food for the bottom of the food chain (Whaling’s Grisly Reality)....   [tags: ecosystem, whale wards, sea shepherd]
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Whale Wars - Whale Wars In the Antarctic Ocean, Japanese whalers hunt for whales. Could you imagine eating meat from an animal that you admire. The Japanese are saying that their being killed for scientific research, but in reality many people believe they are being eaten. Several organizations have helped to ban whaling, but all that ends up happening is reducing the amount of whales to be killed. In the Antarctic Ocean there are several whales such as the White Hump-Back, Grey Whales, and Minkes Whales. These whales are the only ones the Japanese whalers kill for their scientific research, why not other whales....   [tags: Conservation]
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Whaling in US compared to Japan - Whaling in US compared to Japan Did you know that in the last 50 years over two million whales have been killed. The United States views whaling very differently than Japan does. It is a complicated and controversial topic. Many people have opinions about whale hunting. However, everyone should know both sides of the whale hunting issues before they act on the issue. To start out I am going to tell you a little about whaling. The first whale hunters were in the prehistoric times. At first they would just kill and eat beached whales....   [tags: social issues] 979 words
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The Landlords of the Oceans - The Landlords of the Oceans Have you ever thought about the landlords of the oceans. There is a saying: "Big fish eats the smaller ones." The most powerful and deadly animals who taste the freedom of the sea world are whales. So many kinds of whales exist. One of the most interesting kinds is the bottle-nosed whale. It is no wonder why they are given this name. Their bulbous forehead and elongated snout give them a unique character. Besides these unique physical characteristics, they have other special qualities as well including their rarity and their enormous size....   [tags: Papers] 462 words
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The Extinction of Fin Whale - ... It is a rare species and said to be on the target of hunters according to a report of international whaling commission (IWC). Fin whale is hunted at a large number during last century. The specie is largely hunted by illegal ways which has resulted in its genocide to a great number. In 1906, it was reported to be 752000 fin whales in the region but now only 32,000 of them are really left. This is the result of unfair hunting and genocide of this rare whale type. Conservation migratory species of wild animals (CMS) is an authority which over look all matters of conservation and maintenance of whales and other wild animals....   [tags: specie, marine animals, mammals]
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The Decline of the Blue Whale Population - People generally think that the largest animals ever to live on earth were the dinosaurs, but even those giants were not as huge as the blue whalethat is still alive today. Named for its blue-gray color, this huge cetacean may grow to be roughly 30.5 m (100 ft) long and weigh more that 108,000 kg (120 tons). Its close relatives include the smaller fin, humpback, sei, Bryde's, and minke whales. The blue whale and its relatives are called baleen whales because they have a feeding structure known as baleen that takes the place of teeth....   [tags: Environmental Essays] 886 words
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The International Whaling Commission - Captain Paul Watson once stated in his guide to environmental conservation, "Environmental activists may be a nuisance and a pain in the ass to the established authorities of the present. However, to the establishment of the future, we will be honored ancestors."(Watson, Earthforce) Today that very same man is on the run, hiding out in international waters, from the very same authorities he mentions. Captain Watson’s words could not be truer when it comes to the issues surrounding international commercial whaling....   [tags: commercial whaling, conservation, whaling industry]
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At What Level of Divergence Does Speciation Occur? - Before tackling the issue of the level at which speciation occurs as the result of divergence, we must first establish the definition of speciation. In the scientific community, this terminology is associated with the formation of new and distinctive species, from which a single evolutionary line splits into two or more genetically independent ones (Cook 1906). In essence, from one common ancestor derives two descendent species. Taking into consideration the controversial nature of what constitute a species, this is will refer to species as related individuals that resemble one another; they are able to breed with themselves, but not with members of another species (Rosenzweig 1995)....   [tags: Scientific Research ]
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The Resumption of Whaling by Norway and America's Attitude Towards Whaling - The Resumption of Whaling by Norway and America's Attitude Towards Whaling The following paper is about the resumption of whaling by Norway with a focus on the American attitude towards whaling in general. Whaling is a very sensitive issue for many people, including myself. There are many people who feel that whales are highly intelligent mammals, akin to humanity in many ways....   [tags: Papers] 1502 words
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The Preservation of Laguna San Ignacio - The Preservation of Laguna San Ignacio In the 19th century the Pacific Gray Whale was nearly hunted to extinction when their products were in high demand. At the turn of the century, there existed only a few thousand of these precious whales. Soon after, the whales were placed onto the endangered species list where they were under the heavy protection of numerous national laws and international treaties. In 1993 the number of Gray Whales climbed to a miraculous 21,000 and by the end of 1994 the Pacific Gray Whale became the first mammal to be removed from the endangered species list....   [tags: Pacific Gray Whale Conservation Essays]
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Complex Language Usage in Non-Human Species - While human beings generally consider themselves superior to animals due to our sophisticated use of language, there are several species of animal who use language that includes many properties linguists consider necessary to classify a system of communication as a language. Opinion between linguists varies considerably on what constitutes a language, but generally it is agreed that "A language consists of symbols that convey meaning, plus rules for combining those symbols, that can be used to generate an infinite variety of messages." (Weiten, 2008, p....   [tags: Linguistics]
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Should Wild Animals Be Kept In Captivity? - ... For example, there was a young whale that died because of items being thrown into pods lodged in her blow whole; her captors did not deliberately kill her but the placement of her tank and probably the tank itself put her in danger. On a slightly similar hand, mother whales are torn apart from their children which can send the young moms into extreme sadness (“The Great Whale”). The environment zoos provide for the animals can put them under extreme distress as shown with the mothers being torn from their children....   [tags: entertaintment, houston zoo, abnormal behavior]
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Laguna San Ignacio - Laguna San Ignacio Japan’s leading trading company, the Mitsubishi Corporation, has proposed an expansion to its large salt-mining company that is located at Laguna Guerrero Negro. Mitsubishi wishes to expand south to an area surrounding Laguna San Ignacio, occupying 21,000 acres of protected land surrounding the lagoon. Laguna San Ignacio is the second largest breeding and calving area off the western coast of Baja California where Gray Whales visit during the winter months. Mitsubishi’s 7 million ton per year facility at Laguna Guerrero Negro has grown to capacity and the cost of loading and shipping salt has become too expensive because the salt at the facility has to be shipped to Cedr...   [tags: Trade Trading Japan Whaling Essays]
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Comparing the Creatures and Crew in Moby Dick - Similarities Between Creatures and Crew in Moby Dick    When looking at the cycle of life one sees that creatures usually hunt others that are opposited from themselves. The relationship between cat and mouse is the apotheosis ot this idea, a classic case of one preying on the other where the two are looked upon as complete opposites. In Herman Melville's "Moby Dick" the whalers are hunting down the white whale. So according to my statement above this should make the crew members of the "Pequod" the absolute negation of Moby Dick....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays] 1159 words
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A New Species of Whale - Questions Surrounding a New Species of Whale During the month of September in 1998 an amazing and unique discovery was found by a group of scientists when they went out to the Sea of Japan. There, they collected the carcass of a medium sized baleen whale. This was the ninth specimen needed to complete the research on discovering this new species. This species of the baleen whale did resemble the fin whale, another species of the baleen whale. However, this carcass was much smaller in size. After comparing DNA data of the external morphology, osteology, and mitochondrial, scientists were able to classify all they found into a new and different species....   [tags: Anthropology Essays Paleontology Papers]
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Marine Mammals - Marine Mammals 1. Introduction Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) annually migrate from their summer feeding grounds off southeast Alaska to winter in waters off the Hawaiian Islands, Baja California Sur, Mexico and northern Japan (Baker and Darling). The number of humpback whales in the Hawaiian waters generally peaks from mid-February through mid-March ( Baker & Herman, 1984). Calving and breeding is an important function of humpback whales while wintering at lower latitudes ( Herman and Herman et al., 1980)....   [tags: Papers] 582 words
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History Of Whaling - When seventeenth-century settlers brought their knowledge of the ancient European whaling industry to the shores of New England, they were not the first to hunt the great beasts. Native Americans who lived along the coasts of the continent used carcasses of dead whales that washed up on shore for food, oil, and they used the bone for making canoes to pursue whales that swam into shallow coastal waters. As the Mayflower sailed into Plymouth harbor in 1620, many whales swam near the ship, one factor that kept the settlers on the harsh coast....   [tags: essays research papers] 946 words
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A Look at Today's Whaling - A Look at Today's Whaling “ The story of the whale is so remarkable, that were there not so many witnesses, I would not venture to tell it, lest I be accused of exaggeration.” -J.D.B Stillman, aboard the ship Plymouth, November 1850 (Stewart, 1995) There is no doubt that humans have always been intrigued with the majestic beauty of the large giants found in all of the world’s oceans. Whales and people have had a long history together, marked by many turns of events. Long ago, native tribes, from many places in the world, depended largely on whales for protein in their diets....   [tags: Fishing Ocean Papers]
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The Blue Whale - The Blue Whale Balaenoptera Musculus, or the blue whale, is the largest mammal in the world. This enormous mammal can grow to be 110 feet long and weigh as much as 190 tons. That's longer than two city buses and the total weight of 30 elephants. This giant is powered by a heart the size of a taxi-cab. The blue whale's of the Antarctic grow larger than those of the Northern Hemisphere. Also, the females tend to be slightly larger than the males of the same age. These mammals are bluish-gray in color, with some paler spots....   [tags: essays research papers] 1727 words
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Blackfish as a Platform for Animal Rights - The death of Dawn Brancheau made national news back in 2010. Dawn was working as an orca trainer at the SeaWorld of Orlando when the tragic accident occurred. While doing a relationship session with Tilikum, the largest orca in captivity, Dawn was pulled into the water and drowned. It was a story that not only shocked the nation but left people wondering how something so horrible could happen. Gabriela Cowperthwaite‘s use of the accounts of retired SeaWorld trainers exposed the harsh reality of captured animals in her documentary Blackfish....   [tags: seaworld orlando, dawn brancheau]
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What Goes on at the IWC - What Goes on at the IWC -------"There Leviathan, Hugest of living creatures, on the deep Stretched like a promontory sleeps or swims, And seems a moving land; and at his gills Draws in, and at his trunk spouts out a sea." Paradise Lost Overexploitation is not limited to land resources alone. Just as our precious terrestrial and coastal habitats are delicate and too easily destroyed, so are the species of the open sea. Whales, some of the biggest and most powerful mammals on earth, are not strong enough to protect themselves from our murderous actions....   [tags: IWC Marine Life Whaling Essays]
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When Humans Impose on the Environment, Expect Negative Outcomes - Before the use of technology, humans had to solely rely on the environment to fulfill their daily needs. Humans respected, and even feared nature for its destructive capabilities. Before the use of technology, humans were connected with nature at an almost spiritual level. They knew how to use the environment and sustain it at the same time. Before technology, there was a natural balance between nature and humans. Unfortunately, as humans developed by advancing in industry and technology, a lot of the respect and fear once held for nature was lost, which lead to an increase in the occurrences of environmental problems....   [tags: Environment ]
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Narwhals the Unicorns of the Sea - Unicorns are said to only be true in fairy tales, however there are real unicorns swimming in the oceans today. One of the most interesting yet particularly weird animals living on this planet would have to be the Narwhal or the unicorn of the sea. The Narwhal is a whale that lives in the Arctic and because of its seclusion to the northern seas this whale remains a mystery to most people. The Narwhal is in the kingdom Animalia and in the phylum Chordata, which means that it is an animal that has a backbone....   [tags: Animal Research ]
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Offshore Oi Drilling Causes Environmental Damage - Oil drilling is the process of perforating oil from the earth’s surface. This process can be dangerous. The drilling process can be harmful to nearby animal life. The process used to locate oil waves can be harmful to animal life. When the oil ascends, it brings with it a number of deadly chemicals. The chemicals released can consist of mercury and arsenic. Other substances such as lead have been known to ascend with the oil (Horton, Jennifer, 1). An oil spill is the process by which oil is mistakenly dispensed....   [tags: Environmental Issues]
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Blackfish and Consider the Lobster Documentaries - ... Similar, but slightly different to Blackfish, Consider the Lobster, by David Foster Wallace he also creates a picture in the readers mind to get them to show emotion. At one part of the story he intricately describes the boiling of a lobster. He says, “If you're tilting it from a container into the steaming kettle, the lobster will sometimes try to cling to the container's sides or even to hook its claws over the kettle's rim like a person trying to keep from going over the edge of a roof” (Wallace 3)....   [tags: blackfish, lobster, gabriela cowperthwaite]
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Why We Should Stop Extinction - The extinction of indigenous animals has been an ongoing problem that has not received the attention it deserves. Biologists have studied the pattern of mass extinction with growing concern. The world’s species are declining at a rate 10,000 times faster than normal according to a census of the world’s species (Dugan). What is causing such a rapid increase in extinction is unknown however there is one thing that is indisputable: human interference is playing a direct role. Poaching is the illegal hunting, killing or capturing of animals....   [tags: biology, zoology, animals] 2509 words
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Differences Between Dolphins and Porpoises - The purpose of this paper is to distinguish the differences and similarities of Dolphins and Porpoises. "The term porpoise, whale and dolphin are often used interchangeably, but size (specifically length) is the criterion anatomists have generally used to apply the common name whale" (Dudzinski and Frohoff 2008). The paper will further seeks to identify unique characteristics that dolphins and porpoises possess and the manner in which they utilized these unique abilities to obtain food and survive in oceanic waters....   [tags: Scientific Level, Birthing Effects]
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Comparing Whaling Now to the Occupation in the Nineteenth Century - Comparing Whaling Now to the Occupation in the Nineteenth Century The whaling industry has drastically changed technologically and politically from the time depicted in Herman Melville's 1851 novel Moby Dick to the present. New harpoons, faster motor ships, and shore butchering stations have made whaling safer and quicker than Melville could have ever imagined. These changes are due largely to new technology and the increased value for whale products. The new methods of whaling have also caused a huge reduction in the size of the whale population....   [tags: Papers] 962 words
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The International Whaling Regime - The International Whaling Regime In his article, “Whale Mining, Whale Saving,” Sidney Holt states, “saving the whales is for millions of people a crucial test of their political ability to halt environmental destruction”(Holt 1985). In a world where environmental issues are often so vast that solving them seems impossible, it is rare to encounter a regime which successfully addresses these problems. If we judge a regime’s effectiveness by its ability to change the behavior of its members and possibly even encourage others to join, then the whaling regime was in fact quite effective....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Essays]
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Smoking and Lung Cancer - ... Based on the article, “Smokers Drag Down the Workplace” By Rachel Zupek, “Employers have the right to restrict smoking in the workplace or to implements a totally smoke free workplace policy.”(Par. 8). Having a smoke free workplace has become much more popular in the modern world because people are aware of the affects of second hand smoke and do not want to come into a business breathing in deadly chemicals. Over the past fifteen years there has been tremendous movement in having the work place be smoke free....   [tags: non-smoker, tobacco, secondhand smoke]
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Swiming with giants - Swimming With Giants My Encounters with Whales, Dolphins, and Seals The novel Swimming With Giants, by Anne Collet was an extraordinaire piece of literature about a biologists experience with the animals she loves. It is simply a book that expresses not only the wonder but also the tenderness that encounters with whales and other giants of the sea engender. The story tells of Anne Collet’s experiences as a young girl to a well known biologist. When Anne Collet was a child she had her first encounter with the sea, as many young children do, by going on vacations with her family....   [tags: essays research papers] 373 words
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The Nobility of Labor and the Common Man - The Nobility of Labor and the Common Man The whaling industry in the 1800’s went largely unnoticed by people of high social standing. Businessmen, attornies, and other professionals frowned upon whaling. Many viewed whalers as nothing more than common butchers killing to make a living. Society looked down on people who would dirty their hands, or lower themselves to such common labor. Melville’s portrayal of the whaling industry countered these beliefs. He showed that whaling took men of great courage and bravery....   [tags: Whaling] 596 words
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Facts About Orca Dolphins - Facts About Orca Dolphins · Orcas are actually the largest members of the dolphin family. · The name "orca" means "demon from hell" in Greek. The scientific name is Orcinus Orca · The Orca was nick named the "Killer Whale when one was seen eating another whale. It was originally called "Whale Killer" and then was later changed to "Killer Whale". There are no confirmed records of orcas killing a human. · Orcas are estimated to live 50-60 years · They are said to be capable of setting an impressive pace of 34 mph and covering 60- 100 miles of ocean in a day....   [tags: Papers] 369 words
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The Surprising Moby Dick - The Surprising Moby Dick Moby Dick was not the novel I expected. I was under the impression that it would be about seafaring and the whale Moby Dick. Instead, Moby Dick is a story about Captain Ahab's obsession. There is very little in the story about the revenge itself, just about Ahab's monomania. Out of 465 pages, only forty-two of them deal with the actual battle between Ahab and Moby Dick. The novel places very little emphasis on actual seafaring. Ishmael never even steps on a boat until page seventy-four....   [tags: Moby Dick Essays] 1129 words
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Profiting on Conservation: Animals in Captivity Abused for Human Entertainment - Animals have been used in entertainment before Shamu became the headliner at Sea World. Ancient Romans threw innocent people and animals into a coliseum solely to entertain the spectators in the stands. People have been paying to see animals perform tricks for the past two thousand years. Marine animals are often captured or rescued from the wild under conservation terms, but trained by punishment instead of positive reinforcement to perform in themed shows in order to boost attendance for Marine Parks mainly for profit....   [tags: Animal Rights]
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Performing Animals: The Ill Treatment of Performing Orca’s in Captivity - ... His response to the negative reinforcement given and the lack of acknowledgment resonates with the behavior a human child who is always overlooked and even scorned adults would portray in their society. In all three cases, the responses can be irrational ones: for Tilikum it was acting against training that led to drowning a trainer, for the overlooked child it was bringing a gun to school to terrorize and finally be seen as something, and for the adult it was killing their spouse in cold blood for breaking up their happy home....   [tags: rational animals, orcas, immanuel kant]
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Homeward Bound in Moby Dick, by Herman Melville - Moby Dick, written by Herman Melville, is believed by some to be the greatest literary works of all time. The book takes place in the 1840s and seems greatly advanced for its time. Herman Melville uses many literary techniques that bring about severe imagery as well as insight and education to the readers. One concept that is conveyed in Moby Dick is the journey itself. This is broken into the physical journey, the spiritual journey, and life’s journey. The physical journey of Moby Dick is depicted by the information gained of the labor intensive actions performed on the Pequod as well as other whaling ships....   [tags: Moby Dick, Herman Melville]
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The Mysterious Animal Known as the Squid - The mysterious animal known as the squid has inspired ballads, art, fear, awe, and long-told stories for centuries. The mysterious Kraken has encouraged whispered stories after lights-out. Many assume that the only species of squid is the giant squid, reaching over 40 feet in officially recorded cases. However, there are over 300 documented species of squid, ranging in all of sizes. The scientific classification of one species, the fire squid, is as follows: Kingdom: Animalia, Phylum: Mollusca, Class: Cephalopoda, Order: Teuthida, Family: Pyroteuthidae, Genus: Pyroteuthis, Binomial Name: P....   [tags: Cephalopods, marine biology, biology] 1798 words
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