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Drag from Fishing Gear Entanglements Quantified

In a paper published online Dec. 9, 2015, in Marine Mammal Science, a research team led by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), has for the first time quantified the amount of drag on entangled whales that is created by towing fishing gear, such as rope, buoys, and lobster and crab traps. The study provides important data for teams evaluating the risks and benefits of whale disentanglements.

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A Telescope to Peer into the Vast Ocean

A Telescope to Peer into the Vast Ocean

There are more single-celled plankton in the ocean than stars in the universe. A new instrument is about to depart on a mission across the vast Pacific to capture images of what is out there.

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Michael Moore

Michael Moore

» Chasing Bayla: Michael Moore’s quest to free a North Atlantic right whale from fishing gear (The Boston Globe, October…

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Call of the Whales

Call of the Whales

Robotic gliders equipped with acoustic monitoring devices can now eavesdrop on whales, enabling researchers to locate the elusive animals before they surface—and to warn ship pilots in the area to slow down to reduce the chances of a deadly collision.

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Frequency Ranges of Marine Animal Sounds

Marine Mammals: Whales North Atlantic Right Whale. Photo courtesy of WHOI Archives. North Atlantic Right Whale sound frequency: 0.4kHz https://www.whoi.edu/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/NorthAtlanticRightWhale.mp3…

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Whale Heads and Tales

Whale Heads and Tales

It’s a Saturday morning at Herring Cove Beach in Provincetown, Mass., the farthest point on the Cape. I am sleepy,…

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Prey-tell: Why Right Whales Linger in the Gulf of Maine

WHOI’s Mark Baumgartner finds that the location, the length of stay, and perhaps the very abundance of the whales may be dependent on an interesting vertical migration pattern by the copepods on which the whales feed. It seems to be a case, he said, of “how the behavior of the prey influences the behavior of the whales.”

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Tara Hetz

Tara Hetz

Tara Hetz has gotten to see a different side of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) from her Summer Student Fellow…

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North Atlantic Right Whale

Dr. Michael Moore talks about the North Atlantic Right Whale and what the future may hold for this endangered charismatic…

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Hal Caswell Receives First Per Brinck Oikos Award

Hal Caswell

The Per Brinck Foundation has selected biologist Hal Caswell of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), as the first recipient of the Per Brinck Oikos Award, which recognizes extraordinary and important contributions to the science of ecology.

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