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The Capturing of Beluga Whales from the Artic - When the name Beluga whale comes up, many think of the popular children’s song, “Baby Beluga”; however, many do not know much past that. Beluga whales, along with many whale species, are regarded anywhere from near threatened to critically endangered depending on their location. The debate now is whether Beluga whales should be able to be taken out of their natural environment and put into aquariums around the United States. Although a few years ago the capturing of wild Belugas has been turned down by the federal government, it is now being reevaluated and may be accepted....   [tags: Beluga Whales]
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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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Whales in Captivity - “… building a tank the size of Rhode Island wouldn’t be large enough for a six-ton male killer whale such as Tilikum, an animal capable of swimming 100 miles a day,” states an anonymous whale expert. Whales have been in captivity since 1861 when P.T. Barnum displayed the first live whale that was captured in Canada. However, Barnum had no idea how to care for the mammal and it died after only a week in captivity. (Animal Legal and Historical Center, 2014) Being up close with killer whales could give us some clues about how they interact with each other, including physical behavior, their dialect, and how their pods work together as a family unit....   [tags: Killer Whales, Captivity, Ocean, Rhode Island]
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The Effect of Over Hunting on Blue Whales - ... From 1904 to 1967 360,000 blue whales were killed, that adds up to about 70% of their population. Whales produce up to 3 off spring at most in one year so the bounce back from a huge killing would take many years. The International Whaling Commission was established in 1946, to help fight commercial whaling. The IWC came around to help fight whaling, but they had little effect. In 1970 the Convention of International Trade of Endangered species put a ban on all whaling. Even though there is a ban on whaling Norway, Iceland, Japan and the USSR still have whaling fleets but under the name of “scientific research”....   [tags: whaling, killing whales for meat and oil] 615 words
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Killer Whales Should Not Be Kept in Captivity - "Imagine if the world you lived in, the space you breathed in, and the freedom you played in were suddenly taken away from you." (Free Willy) Orca whales are the largest members of the dolphin family. Orcas are very curious creatures, they like to sky hop, which is when they poke their heads out of the water and look around, and they can also dive to as much as a hundred feet. These social animals live in pods and stay with them for their whole lives. They are so family oriented that they can may sleep together in a tight circle and have synchronized breathing....   [tags: Killer Whales Don't Belong in Captivity]
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Captive Orcas Killer Whales - ... The longest a captive born Orca has very lived is twenty-five years (Rose, 3). The average life expectancy is six years in captivity. Eighty six percent of 135+ whales in captivity since 1961 are now dead (KIWE, 3). SeaWorld, one of the most famous marine parks exhibiting Orca whales, has experienced approximately one Orca death a year since beginning their breeding program. It is reasonable and logical to expect at least a third of all captive whales to still be alive today considering the number of males and females, years since the first Orca entered captivity, and life expectancies in the wild, but only twenty percent is still living....   [tags: Orca Whales, Sea Animals, Marine Parks]
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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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Hunting for Whales: Outdated Practice - ... The first type of data is just that, the number of whales landed, the second type is “reports of catch and production by pre20th century commercial shore whaling establishments.”, and the third data is that of which is collected from catch and production by voyages (Reeves & Smith, 2010) WHALING 4 The second two forms of data collected from whaling, pre20th century commercial whaling establishments and pre20th century whaling voyages, are only used because these groups were whaling before it became illegal for commercial use in 2014 (Ganderton, 2014)....   [tags: assisting the whale population in growth]
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Killer Whales Kept in Captivity - For several years, Americans have been visiting amusement parks, like SeaWorld and Six Flags, to observe large animals like orcas, also known as killer whales. These whales are quite difficult to view in the wild, but can now be seen for a simple fee. Orcas are known to be one of the smartest mammals. They are friendly, and this has caused people to take advantage of them. For the past sixty years, people have brought these massive creatures into their aquariums to make a profit from their exhibitions....   [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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Killer Whales in Captivity - ... “Killer whale pods are based on the lineage of the mother (mothers, daughters, and sons form groups); the whales live and travel with their mothers even after they are full-grown, forming strongly matriarchal whale societies.” (National) “Within each pod there is social order.”(Arnold 9) Killer Whales “…make a wide variety of communicative sounds, and each pod has distinctive noises that its members will recognize even at a distance. They use echolocation to communicate and hunt, making sounds that travel underwater until they encounter objects, then bounce back, revealing their location, size, and shape.”(Killer) The communication of killer whales is so diverse Comstock 3 and complicat...   [tags: treatment, commercial parks] 1439 words
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Seaworld and Killer Whales - ... They were crying out to the baby in their own language trying to get their little one back to where it belonged. The man explained that that's when he realized what he was doing but he couldn't stop none of the men could stop. In November of 1983 Tilikum was taken away from his family at approximately two years of age. Once he was in America he didn't go straight to Seaworld, he actually started at a small marine park in Florida called Sealand. While he was there the trainer used the female orcas to teach Tilikum all the tricks, but if he did not perform it the correct way there would be a punishment....   [tags: animal legal defense fund, tilikum] 1098 words
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Born Free: Killer Whales - When I was younger I always wanted to be a trainer at SeaWorld and work with Shamu, but of course I didn’t know how controversial captivity was. As I got older I started researching the issue and came to the realization that Orcas, also known as Killer Whales should not live in captivity. In captivity Orcas are in danger as well as the trainers who work with them. Orcas are the largest of the Dolphin family and are found in all oceans. They range from 23 to 32 feet in length, and can weigh up to 6 tons....   [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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Should Killer Whales Be Kept in Captivity? - ... This causes the killer whales not to like each other and then starting to be aggressive with each other. still my opinion is that the killer whales should not be kept in captivity .It is sad when a female killer whale has a calf and they spends some couple of months together and then automatically the trainers separate them. This is is why we should not be keeping killer whales in captivity. If we keep on doing this something will eventually happen to us or the killer whales. Many kids, teenagers, adults, and elders agree that they should not keep killer whales in captivity....   [tags: sea animals, animal cycle] 754 words
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Should Killer Whales be Kept in Captivity? - ... They never leave their mothers until they are captured and put in small pools which is not right. Killer whales hunt in pods, the oldest female in the pod is usually the group leader. Each pod has its own set of whistles, clicks, and calls that only members of the pod recognize similar to having a unique language. Members of many pods hunt in teams. For example, they may work together to create waves to knock a seal from an ice floe and into the open water. In many pods, Orcas rarely leave their mothers’ side, even as they grow from calves into adults....   [tags: small pools, dangerous activities] 530 words
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How Whales Communicate - ... Odonotocetes communicate a little differently by emitting high-pitched sounds and echoes to navigate themselves and determine the location of objects. Echolocation is imparative and provides a three dimensional view of the world below where only 1% of sunlight travels to 100 meters in depth. Migratory whales communicate through these methods across vast distances like 4,500 kilometers and continue to produce the same sounds between each other. Even when the slight changes between clans occur seasonally, the rest of the members in other breeding grounds follow suit....   [tags: Cetacea marine order, ] 652 words
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Sperm Whales: Physiology of the Deep Diver - Introduction The Order Cetacea is one of the most distinctive and highly specialized groups of mammals. Over the course of evolutionary history, cetaceans have become adapted to surviving and prospering in a vast aquatic environment. One of the most important obstacles they have overcome is the ability to be obligate ocean dwellers while still breathing oxygen. Cetaceans are able to remain underwater for extended periods of time, returning only to the surface to exhale. Diving beneath the surface is an essential component of life for these species since almost all of their food sources are found under the surface of the ocean....   [tags: order cetacea, biology]
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SeaWorld's Orca Whales - The Orca or “killer whale” is the largest member of the dolphin family. Weighing up to six tons the Orca’s power and large size make it one of the fastest marine animals, reaching speeds up to 35 mph. Orca whale societies are pods of up to 40 individuals and all pods use hunting techniques close to what a wolf pack would use, but when in captivity Orcas do not have this freedom. In an Orca society, females are dominant, and many Orcas live with their mothers their entire lives. SeaWorld’s Orca shows should be illegal because captivity causes the Orcas too much stress, they are responding with violence among the others, themselves, and to human beings, and with OSHA’s bans captivity becomes...   [tags: Orca, Killer Whale, Dolphin Family, Sea Mammal]
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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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The Blue Whales: The Largest Mammal Ever to Inhabit the Earth - ... This study also suggest that blue whales use their evolved sense of hearing to navigate and to detect food in the depths of the ocean. Blue whales are baleen species, which means they have fringed blades hanging from their upper jaws instead of teeth, called baleen. Blue whales have a mottled gray coloring, however, beneath the surface they appear blue. Blue whales are air-breathing animals yet they can stay underwater for more than 30 minutes. The blue whale habitat ranges from the Northern Hemisphere to the Southern Hemisphere; they can be found in all major oceans....   [tags: marine life and animals] 656 words
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Whaling: The hunting of Fin Whales in Antarctic Ocean - Whaling The biggest animal known to mankind is a whale has been in hunted since the 800 B.C. Today in the world that we live in there are many problems one of them is hunting whales. One of Whaling is the hunting of all different types of whales for oils and meats. Around 1,000 whales are killed each year and there are many reasons why whalers should not be able to kill these innocent animals. (Berzin) Japanese are the most common people to kill so many of the whales around 1,500 are killed. Japan eating the meat of a whale is a tradition in their culture....   [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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Whaling is Killing Thousands, Bringing Whales to Near Extinction - ... Japan has been using this excuse, among many others, since 1986. In the decades Japan has used this excuse, it seems almost ridiculous that Japan has not learned anything new about the mammals’ breeding, migratory, or any other habits. When Australia took Japan to the International Court of Justice to challenge the validity of Japan’s scientific whaling industry, Australia’s agent to the court, Bill Campbell, stated, “Japan seeks to cloak its ongoing commercial whaling in the lab coat of science.” He later told journalists: “You don’t kill 935 whales a year to conduct scientific research....   [tags: legislation, commerical, survival] 1234 words
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Keeping Orca Whales in Captivity Should Be Banned - ... That is why they are called Killer whales. People say that keeping orca’s in captivities is not a problem, yet they do not realize that, orcas are also human beings. There are several reasons, why keeping these thirty-feet long creatures, in captivities is a problem. One of them, which are the tank, which is too small, compared to ocean where they can swim freely. One the other side, in captivities, the space is limited. Comparatively, to how they swim out in the wild “orcas can swim up to 100 miles per day- a phenomenal amount, in comparison to the exercise they receive in captivity”(Cronin)....   [tags: controversies, ethical dilemmas]
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Is the Captivity of Killer Whales for Entertainment Purposes Inhumane? - ... During an interview with Jane J. Lee from National Geographic, former animal trainer from Sea World San Antonio (trainer of 10 years) Bridget Pirtle says that “It was disappointing to me to see more money spent on parts of the park that didn't benefit the animals. They'd spend millions of dollars renovating a children's play area or revamping the sound system. But there wasn't enough pool space [in San Antonio]” (Nation Geographic, Jane J. Lee). Due to only minimal regulations being enforced, animals are ineffectively cared for....   [tags: animal exploitation, animal cruelty]
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The Complex Issue of Whales in Captivity in Blackfish by David Kirby - ... “Death” in white font shows to the logic of death being pure, and the greying of SeaWorld is a statement of SeaWorld’s image fading. Most people assume that color black is associated with death. With respect for Dawn Brancheau and her life, I believe white font was a tribute to her life. She was respected in her field and was adored by all who knew her. A killer whale that she had worked with for a number of years killed her in front of a live audience. The orca whale named Tilikum, or “Shamu” to the audience at SeaWorld, is responsible for the deaths of three humans....   [tags: seaworld, death, shamu]
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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 - Once long ago lived a humpback whale,her name was C-witty. She was a very brave and smart whale. She was kind to “Are you okay C-witty?” Daphne asked. C-witty shook her head no in response. “What’s wrong?” Nellie asked. “All my food is going away,I have less then I should and can only eat meals now, no snacks. Also nobody knows where all the food is going. What if I run out of all my food?” C-witty said with a frown coming to her face. “It’s okay, I’m sure you will get more food soon. Try and look on the bright side.” Nellie said patting her on the back....   [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 - 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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The Mysteries of Matrilinities: Why Grandmother Killer Whales Favor Their Male Descendants - ... When deprived of social relations with other killer whales, certain individuals have displayed depression and desire to socialize with humans. In the wild, the scientific exploration of social behavior and structure within and between the resident pods has shown remarkably stable organization around matrilines, with both male and female offspring remaining with their mothers into adulthood. Whales rarely leave these small sub-pod matrilines for more than a few hours at a time, to seek copulations or forage....   [tags: genetic, offspring, communicate, lifespan] 1199 words
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Military Sonar Harms Ocean Life - Nearly 500 whales beach themselves every year due to an excessive use of sonar. Military passive sonar (sound navigation and ranging) is killing and causing whales to avoid their major feeding and breeding grounds while temporarily deflecting from the high frequency sound coming from this unknown source. This event is raising hell in the political sector. Scientists have found many similarities between all the beached whales that have been in the same area that military sonar was being used. Military sonar is affecting the life of whales and their natural habitat for the worst....   [tags: Whales, Navy, War]
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No Wild Orcas in Entertainment - Imagine yourself living in a bathtub for 25 years and you could do absolutely nothing about it. Wild orcas, better known as killer whales have been captured to entertain audiences world wide at aquariums. The most popular location being Sea World. Growing up in Miami, I could not control my excitement when it came time to go visit Lolita the killer whale at the Miami Seaquarium. To be able to see such an amazing creature right in front of me was mind blowing. How amazing is it that you can be face or face with an animal of that size....   [tags: killer whales, sea world]
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Making a Splash(y) in Social Media: The Controversy of Naming Mister Splashy Pants - ... Greenpeace an environmental organization took action and decided to put a tracking device on the Whales to protect them from the government. To personify the movement and shed light on to the issue they decided to name the whale, so they put a poll up on Reddit.com to advertise what the Japanese government were doing while taking advantage of the popularity of social media sites Greenpeace had suggested some really interesting names such as Kaimana, Anahi and the best of them all Mister Splashy Pants....   [tags: whales, reddit, hunting] 541 words
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The Amazing World of Moby Dick - ... Ishmael finds him and Queequeg a spot on a whaling ship called the Pequod. When he returns he finds that Queequeg has been praying all day. After breakfast Ishmael and Queequeg go to the Pequod and the Pequod’s owner, Mr. Peleg, doesn’t seem to like Queequeg. Queequeg shows off his harpooning skills and is accepted by the ship’s owner. The Pequod sets sail on Christmas day. The ship’s owners, Mr. Bildad and Mr. Peleg, leave for the shore as night falls. Mr. Bildad is acting a bit like a worried mother and nags the sailors about every little thing, until Mr....   [tags: nantucket, whales, harpoon] 804 words
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Orcas Need their Natural Environment - Orcas, often known as killer whales, are magnificent aquatic marine mammals. Orcas do not belong in captivity; they are used for unethical reasons such as human entertainment and to make money. Although killer whales have “whale” in their names, they actually are the largest breed of dolphin. Orcas are known as killer whales not because of any danger to humans, but because they feed on other big mammals (Bio expedition.) As Ethan Morris posted in his article, killer whales had never been a threat to human beings until they were held in captivity as a sign of frustration....   [tags: marine biology, killer whales]
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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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In the Heart of the Sea - ... He did not accept inputs from his officers and so they have to cover 3,000 miles, which took 93 days in hunger, thirst and death as the trade winds and storms blew them farther and farther from their destination. First mate Owen Chase might have been the better leader, however he was responsible for some poor decisions too. It is difficult to judge who is better leader among them as the world mostly relied on Chase’s narrative of the Wreck of Whaleship Essex. Philbrick also uses Chase narratives but relied more on a recently uncovered account of fourteen year old Cabin boy who was also aboard when Whale Struck the ship....   [tags: ship, whales, cannibalism]
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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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The Sea Mermaid: Manatees - If a solution is not found, manatees will be completely wiped extinct from the planet. The manatee is a large, aquatic, mammal with two large flippers. The average adult is about 10 feet long and weighs between 800 and 1,200 pounds. Manatees are also known as sea cows; they have a wrinkled head and face with a whiskered snout. The manatees’ closest related relatives are the elephant and the hyrax. Manatees have been on the states endangered list since 1979, but their biggest threats are humans. While some people are extreme manatee conservationists, others could care less about whether this marine mammal becomes extinct, or not....   [tags: aquatic mammal, whales, sea cows]
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Whale's Life on Entertainment Parks - Everyone dreams to be able to go to SeaWorld, to see the whales—these majestic creatures gracefully swimming, so close to you. Then, you can go see the Shamu show, and you can see all the tricks the whales have been trained to do. When one finds out about the whale’s life, everything changes. Killer whales in SeaWorld are held in captivity without the necessary living conditions or treatments. Due to this, the whales should be released because they can acquire mental health issues and anger can build up, causing them to act out against trainers....   [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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Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley - ... Although Cullen didn’t have many friends, he did have Lucas, his best friend, and he was happy with just that. Furthermore, Cullen’s family was doing well financially, supposedly, an extinct woodpecker reappears in his town, and Cullen had a date with a “beautiful, kind, funny young woman” named Alma Ember. When Gabriel disappears suddenly, Cullen’s life turns upside down. This shows that despite how well someone’s life appears to be going, loss is not something that can be ignored, and that people must face loss some point of their life....   [tags: novel review and analysis] 1047 words
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Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley - ... Furthermore, an inexperienced Catholic missionary working in Africa, named Cabot Searcy, experiences the suicide of his best friend, which causes him to embark on an obsessive mission to find out why God would give such a loyal Catholic such an unfortunate fate. Cabot's compulsive investigation lead to a difficult divorce with his fiancee, him becoming an aggressive atheist, which eventually lead to his unintentional encounter with the Witter family, and the cause for Gabriel’s death. The mindsets being evaluated are those of the protagonists Cullen Witter and Cabot Searcy....   [tags: tragic disappearance, brother cullen] 651 words
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To Hold a Killer Whale in Captivity is to Abuse that Animal - ... In the wild, the dorsal fin of the Killer whale stands upright (Cetacean Inspiration). Cases of killer whales having bent dorsal fins in the wild is extremely rare and when it does occur its usually the result of injury, or even an oil spill. There are a several reasons why whales in captivity have bent dorsal fins. Two of the main causes as stated by the Cetacean Inspiration Website are: I. In the wild, the deep water supports the dorsal fins upright position while collagen hardens, and in captivity, the pool water isn’t deep enough to exert the amount of pressure necessary so the fin bends....   [tags: marine life, orcas]
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Whaling: The Issues Within The Murder - There are many issues in the environment today which are affected by humans – one of these is whaling. Whaling is a very dangerous and gruesome practice in which whales are killed and harvested for parts of their bodies including their oil, meat and baleen plates. Whaling is also a large part of some cultures, including the aboriginal and Japanese cultures. Whaling in the past has severely depleted the numbers of whales in our oceans, causing near extinction in some whale species. A whaling ban has been put in place to limit whaling and protect whales, there are some problematic issues to do with this ban....   [tags: environment, species]
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Conservation of the Blue Whale - Introduction The blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) is a species of baleen whale known as the largest animal on Earth. They can grow to be over 100 feet long and can weigh up to 165 tons. Blue whales are found in all oceans and can occupy a wide variety of habitats, from pelagic environments to offshore environments (Clapham et al. 1999). Up until the 19th century, blue whales were generally immune from whaling. Not only were they substantially large animals, they were also very quick and agile and were difficult to catch....   [tags: baleen biology, whaling, ship strikes]
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Animal Cruelty at Sea World - ... By nature whales are not aggressive or harmful to humans but when pushed they will react in a very dangerous way. Particulary in Tilicums case he was abused by the female whales, they would rub their teeth on him and many times there was blood. Because of this Sea World would put him by himself away from the other animals, this no doubt contributed to his behavior. There was no where for him to go, he was extremely large and where he was kept was not a conducive environment. Before Tilicum killed one of Sea Worlds trainers there was an incident where he jumped out and tried to pull a trainer, Sea World was now aware of how Tilicum acted and what he could do....   [tags: shamu, treatment, trainers] 788 words
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The Destruction of the Minke Whale in Mobe Dick by Herman Melville - ... In the ocean is revolving cycle, such as planktons being eating by fish, which are eaten by whales. In order for the ocean to function, a cycle has to happen, Jeremy Jackson5. A solution could be finding another meat to use to substitute whale meat, or having a numerous amount of customer that stop demanding sushi. By lower demand the Japanese will have no reason to kill the Minke whale because it is not a request. While some conservationists argue that the minke whale is near extinction, economists suggest that the cost to protect the minke whale are too high for the LDC to afford....   [tags: capitain ahab, taxonomy]
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Sonar vs. Whale Migration - ... The sounds produced can blow out their hearing and throw them off course while migrating just because they are trying to get away from this deathly noise. The sound waves are topping off around 235 decibels and not to forget that 300 miles away the noise is still at about 140 decibels underwater. To put this into perspective the loudest rock concert recorded topped off at around 135 decibels. This is truly an eye opener for me, and what sonar does to the whales is devastating. Whales are very sensitive to noise they use sounds to navigate, communicate and monitor their surroundings....   [tags: sound, mate, ocean, migrate]
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The Humpback Whale - ... Scientists aren’t sure if this breaching behavior serves some purpose. These whales are famous for the water acrobatics. Humpback whales can frequently be seen leaping out of the water and sometimes can use their flukes to propel themselves completely out of the water (Animal Planet). Humpback whales range in color from white to gray to black, or can be mottled.There are distinctive patches of white on underside of the flukes. The humpback's skin is frequently scarred and may have patches covered with barnacles....   [tags: Endangered, Wildlife] 827 words
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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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Taking a Look at the Beluga Whale - There are about 16,118 endangered species worldwide that are listed in the IUCN Red List ("About Species"). These animals are most likely listed in this red list because of human cause. The things that humans do that seem so harmless could actually be harmful to many animals that live in the sea and everywhere else. Out of the 16,118 endangered species that are listed, there are a couple thousand beluga whales that are also in danger of becoming extinct soon if we don't do anything about it....   [tags: worldwide enangered species] 1397 words
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Whale Hunting Should Be Banned - ... They make a pretty big profit for them right. Whaling is native for only two of the eleven countries or nations hunting whales. Japan and Norway are the only native whaling hunters but they won’t ever listen to the people anywhere else. For the people who think whaling is okay but bad you must join a side on this big debate against these two native nations. If you look at the stats and details of whales life span and the population you will easily pick the side that everyone is going to. The good side tells Japan and norway to stop but they won’t listen to anyone including the international whale organization.This tells us that they are trying to tell us they are lying and still want to...   [tags: whaling industry] 1068 words
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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 - The Makah’s Whaling The Makah people indigenous to the Pacific Northwest have a very close and long standing cultural bond to the ocean. This cultural bond is displayed in various forms such as their artwork, history, and lore. One key aspect of their culture has come scrutiny within the past twenty years—whaling. Since 1855, the Makah people have legally held the right to whale in designated waters around their reservation. In the 1920’s, the Makah decided to halt whaling due to a dwindling population of the whales....   [tags: indigenous people, Pacific Northwest]
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SeaWorld: Behind the Scenes - For 50 years SeaWorld has entertained park guests with numerous stunts involving the majestic sea creature, the orca, also referred to as the killer whale, and their human trainers. What the on-lookers don’t see at these shows is what goes on behind the scenes: how the whales got there in the first place, and the conditions in which they are housed. SeaWorld San Diego opened in March 21, 1964. This was the first SeaWorld park to be established. There three parks all together the other two being SeaWorld San Antonio, and SeaWorld Orlando (Ask Shamu)....   [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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Can Researchers Identify Sea Turtles Through Photo Identification? - ... It would also avoid the problems of broken tags or harming the turtle but still be able to observe the turtles. This experiment will help science because photo-identification will be a stable tool to study turtle population, ecology, behavior, and conservation data. Article 2- Recent changes in the diet composition of common minke whales (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) in Icelandic waters. – Consequence of climate change. 1. The question that the researchers are trying to answer is why the diets of minke whales changed....   [tags: endangered, markings, marine biologists] 1293 words
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Is Tilikum the Killer Whale Truly a Killer? - ... In the wild, they swim up to 100 miles a day. However, being confined to the small area, they do not have much space to move and this can be very uncomfortable for them. Secondly, orcas belong to the dolphin family and are very sociable animals. In the wild, the orcas communicate using whistle and calls that is unique to their ecotype. There are three types of ecotypes in the wild, residents, transients and offshores. Pods also use distinctive calls for their family. Usually, only young killer whales are captured to be trained to perform and no family members would be kept together at the same marine park....   [tags: seaworld, orcas, captivity] 1669 words
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Killing the Killer Whale - ... After drilling of the teeth, the area must be washed thoroughly every day for the rest of the particular orca’s life. Bad dental issues can lead to many other health problems such as infections, pneumonia, and even a heart attack. Orcas are also constantly receiving antibiotics, which causes “…disruption of normal bacterial flora in the gut, malnutrition, and susceptibility of the host to opportunistic pathogens such as fungi and yeast.” The orcas also get a great deal of sunburn because there is no protection from it in such a shallow pool....   [tags: Orca trafficking, inhumane acts]
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Commercial Whaling - Commercial whaling is a serious world issue that has always been difficult for those who are in support and those who are against it. Each group defends their side with convincing arguments. Morally, whaling is wrong, but do the reasons for whaling outweigh the reasons to cease the primitive hunts. By studying the effects of whaling,realizing how culture has changed over time, and taking note of the money that would be saved, it can clearly be seen that there is no longer a current need for whaling to continue....   [tags: ecosystem, whale wards, sea shepherd]
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