Everything You Need To Know About Whaless
Known to be royalty at sea,
whales have certain qualities that make them truly unique creatures.
Understanding them is a task that one must undertake in order to realize their
significance in the world’s ecosystem.
Not to be confused with fish, whales are actually mammals like humans and
as a result, they are warm-blooded and they feed their young with milk from their mammary glands. For survival, whales inhale air through an opening at the top of their heads known
as a blowhole. The location of the blowhole allows the whale to stay submerged
while breathing. They release excess water and this forms a spout that can be
used to determine the species of whale. Whales have thick bodies that are
insulated by a layer of fat known as the blubber. Like other mammals and
vertebrates, they have a spinal column and a heart consisting of four chambers.
Their necks provide them with
stability to help them swim. Whales also have ears that enable them to hear
certain frequencies in the undersea environment.
In terms of feeding behavior, whales are regarded to be predators with their
main diet being plankton; but they feed on larger animals, too. They are aided
by echolocation that uses sound frequencies to detect their prey. While other
whales have teeth that allow them to devour their prey, some whales don’t and
they simply inhale the water containing the prey in order to be directly
digested within. Most whales are not monogamous and they may have many mates in
different seasons. Whales produce
very few offspring; however, they have been known to have a very high survival
rate. Baby whales are nursed by their mothers until they are old enough to feed
on their own.
Anatomy of the Whale:
Characteristics and features of the whale anatomy are found in this reference.
Mating Behavior: Detailed information on the mating behavior of whales is
Eating Habits: Here is some information on what whales feed on.
Although many species of whales exist, whales have been classified into
two main sub-orders: Baleen and Toothed. The important difference between the
two whale sub-orders is that the Baleen, known as the Mysticeti, does not have
teeth unlike the Toothed, known as the Odontoceti. To compensate for the lack of
teeth, the Baleen whales have baleen plates which are plates that sift out the
food from water. Toothed whales are
known to be more predacious than Baleen due to their ability to decapitate their
prey. Baleen whales are characterized for having bigger females than males and
they have two blowholes whereas Toothed whales only have one. Some examples of
common whales under the Baleen whale sub-order are: the Humpback Whale, the Blue
Whale, and the Northern Pacific Right Whale. A total of fourteen species and
four families have been fully known for the Baleen whales. For the Toothed whale
sub-order, some commonly known whales are: the Sperm Whale, the Beluga, and the
Northern Bottlenose Whale. The Toothed whales have a more diversified amount of
species with porpoises and dolphins part of this sub-order. Most Toothed whales
are significantly smaller in size except Sperm Whales when compared to Baleen
Whales. These two species share the common traits that whales have, but it is
their defining characteristics that distinguish them.
Included is an in depth description of Baleen Whales.
Here is some more information regarding Toothed Whales.
List of Whale
Species: Here is a concise list where different whale species are present.
Whales are of great value to humans because they contain things that are
useful in the livelihood of people. Whales have a huge supply of meat and oil.
The need of whale meat for food is present in the Inuits of Alaska who have no
other source because of the harsh environment.
Including that, certain species, such as the Sperm whale, have ambergris, a
perfume ingredient. The baleen of Baleen Whales have been also been sold
commercially. These things cannot be extracted unless the whale has been killed;
this is known as whaling. Whaling has been known to diversely alter the whale
population because the birth rate is significantly low; eliminating one whale
really puts the population at risk. Japanese and Icelandic authorities have
sought to whaling in order to stop them from
depleting other important food sources such as capelin and herring. As a result
of such activity, almost 2 million whales have been killed by the 20th
century. In response to this activity, the International Whaling Commission has
put a ban on whaling; however other nations continue for research and food-provision.
Traditional Whaling: Whaling has been done in order to supply the food, as
such in the Arctic region.
Japan Supports Whaling: This is a paper explaining the reason of Japan’s continuous whaling activity.
Commission: This organization has strived in order to reduce or ban the
Whales have been decreasing because of the whaling activity and the human
activity that has hindered their communication. Whales communicate by sending
off signals to each other. These signals are sent off in frequencies that are
picked up even through long distances
and to the human ears, they sound somewhat similar to a moan or a screech. Other
whale sounds may be simple clicks, as shown in Toothed Whales. When whales
intend to mate, these signals resemble songs which are sent off by male whales
which are picked up by the females. Throughout
time, these signals had been fluid and the whale population progressed. The migratory routes
of whales usually lie near the shoreline but recently, the shorelines have been
filled with much interference of human activity that the whales could not
communicate efficiently. This has resulted in the lowering of the whale
population. People have advocated in saving the whales to bring back their
abundance. They opt to prevent whaling and overall protect
the species at hand. The American Cetacean Society is an organization that makes
people aware of the dangers faced by whales cause by whaling and other
whale-detrimental activities. These missions have shown to help put the whale
population back on its track, and hopefully letting the female whales finally
hear the prolonged male songs.
Whale Communication: This article shows an insight on whale communication.
Advocacy on Saving the Right Whale: The endangered Right Whale species has
been called for to be saved.
American Cetacean Society: This organization was established in order to
Whales are very beautiful creatures especially in the comfort of their
natural habitats. People have taken the time to devote to whale watching, an
activity that involves the observing whales as they frolic
in their own environment. Other than
entertainment purposes, whale watching has been done for educational purposes in
order to learn more about the whales, and scientific purposes that entail the
study of whale behavior. Ideal locations for whale watching include: the Atlantic, the Pacific, Africa,
the North Indian, and Costa
Rica. Whales can be observed off the coast like
in Atlantic regions, blue whales may be seen off the Bay of
Biscay. In Northern Norway, orcas
have been seen. In the
alone, thirty different whale species may be observed around the Central Visayas.
Southern Africa, off the town of
Hermanus, is regarded as one of the world’s whale
watching hot spots. Whales can also be seen in
Sydney Harbor migrating south. Whale watching has been
known to produce $1 billion in
worldwide revenue and Iceland
has been known to have the most booming whale watching industry.
Whale Watching Information: General information regarding the purpose of
whale watching is shown here.
Watching Directory: Here is comprehensive information on where to go and
what to see if you want to go whale watching.
Whale Watching Business: Despite being a place where whaling is dominant, Iceland also contains one of the booming
whale watching industries.
Although whales are underwater creatures, whales usually come up to the
surface in order to understand the environment
overhead. Because they are conscious of their surroundings,
whales have center behaviors that give them an idea of the setting around them. Breaching is when the whale propels itself off the water with a twisting motion. This is
done either for entertainment, or in the loosening of skin parasites. This
movement may have a symbolic means of communicating with other whales. Lunging
is done by moving forward on the surface with the head above water. This is done
as a form of closing in on the females in competition with other males.
Sometimes the whole body of the whale may be above water, resembling the leap of
a porpoise. This is known as porpoising and is done usually for play. If a whale
wants to look at its surrounding
without any disturbance, the whale may vertically rise to a point with the eyes
above the water as they begin to observe the surroundings.
This is known as spyhopping. Slapping, whether tail slapping, head slapping, or
peduncle slapping, is where the whale forcefully returns into the water to avoid
any influences in case danger may be around.
Tail slaps and head slaps can be heard for miles around
to alert other whales. Peduncle slaps and throws
use the caudal peduncle and tail to force water upward as the whale zooms
downward. This is done on top of another whale. Because of its huge force, it
can help in the protection of the
whale using this.
Information Regarding Whale Behavior: This is a research conducted on the
nature of whale behavior.
Behaviors: Here are some illustrations and further explanation of whale
Right Whale Diving Behavior: The whale’s behavior has been studied in order
to learn more about the whale.
Whales are fascinating creatures and they are so diverse that their
existence gives a certain understanding. As they swim the oceans, their majesty
as being the largest animals in the oceans will continue on.
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