The Southern Right Whale, by Richard Ellis, can be seen during the winter on the south west coast in Victoria, Australia.
|Whales and Dolphins
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Most whales and dolphins are not critically endangered but some are.
The Right Whales are not doing well at all.
Because their numbers have gone so low their gene pool is very narrow.
This means that a loss of even one whale can make them even more vulnerable to inbreeding.
The whales did not cause this problem for themselves, we did and there are many people who are quite happy to keep on causing it.
There are people out there who will kill every whale that they can get their hands on.
To learn about the danger of �narrowly based gene pools� see GE/GM Crops in a Nutshell.
Whales and how they are grouped..
There are 3 groups in the Order of cetaceans, they are Mysticeti the baleen whales, Odontoceti the tooth whales and dolphins and Archaeoceti the ancient extinct whales which are known only from the fossil record.
About the words Mysticeti and Odontoceti.
The part of each of these words on their ending �ceti� comes from two extinct languages; Old Greek and Latin.
The old Greek word (not Modern Greek) for whale is �ketos� in Modern Greek it is �phalena�.
The Latin word for whale is �cetus�.
The baleen are the strainers that hang down from the roof of the mouth of these whales. The baleen serve as strainers to catch the krill and plankton as the water is ejected from the whale�s mouth. This name, Mysticeti has been given to these whales because the hanging baleen is reminiscent of a moustache. The Greek word for moustache is moustaki.
The toothed whales and dolphins get the first part of their name Odontoceti because the Greek word for tooth is �dondi�; hence the English word orthodontist whereas the first part of the word dentist comes from Latin.
How many types of whales and dolphins are there?
In the Order of Mysticeti there are 3 Families which contain 12 species.
In the Order of Odontoceti there are 8 Families which are said to contain about 65 species.
To learn how these words Order, Family and Species come about and are used, go to Classification/Taxonomy section (Answers #1).
Species List of some great and interesting Cetacea
|Mysticeti - Baleen Whales - Great Whales|
|Gray Whales (long distance swimmer)|
|Gray Whale||(Eschrichtius robustus)||Pictures and Links...|
|The Bowhead and Right Whales (giant tugboats)|
|Bowhead (giant ice-breaker)||(Balaena mysticetus)||Pictures and Links...|
|North Atlantic Right Whale||(Eubalaena glacialis)|
|North Pacific Right Whale||(Eubalaena japonica)|
|Southern Right Whale||(Eubalaena australis)||Pictures and Links...|
|The Pygmy Right Whale (Baleen Whale, but not a Great Whale)||(Balaena marginata)|
|Rorquals (These are the fast cruisers with the exception of the Humpback)|
|Blue (cruiser)||(Balaenoptera musculus)||Pictures and Links...|
|Fin (cruiser)||(Balaenoptera physalus)||Pictures and Links...|
|Bryde (cruiser)||(Balaenoptera edeni)|
|Sei (cruiser)||(Balaenoptera Borealis)|
|Minke (cruiser)||(Balaenoptera acutorostrata)|
|Humpback (singing acrobat)||(Megaptera novaeangliae)||Pictures and Links...|
|The only Great Toothed Whale (Ordontoceti)|
|Sperm (Cachalot) (deep sea diver - 20kg brain)||(Physeter macrocephalus)||Pictures and Links...|
|Smaller Toothed Whales|
|Northern Bottle Nosed Whale||(Hyperoodon ampullatus)|
|Orca (killer whale)||(Orcinus orca)||Pictures and Links...|
|Commersons Dolphin (a beautiful creature)||(Cephalorhynchus commersonii)||Pictures and Links...|
|Pygmy Sperm||(Kogia breviceps)||Pictures and Links...|
There are still a few countries who allow whaling.
The Japanese are perhaps the greatest offenders. They try to tell the world that they are doing scientific whaling. Don't they realise that the whole world knows that they are lying through their teeth. By using the term scientific whaling it is meant to appear that they care about whales. These whales are for the Japanese whale-meat market. It is often said that the Japanese are always concerned about saving face.
Well they had better hurry up and
do something about stopping this outdated barbaric practice or the caring people
of the planet will start to put them into the same category as the Chinese farmers
of bear bile, Korean dog torturers and those who use children as soldiers.
Horrible people, grrr shudder..
Remember that there are many caring Japanese people who are also against whaling.
After reading 'A whale for the killing' i found it hard to believe that almost nobody took any notice of what a whale was trying to say when some sportsmen were killing its mate. Here is the story in brief.
A true story about two fin whales...
A female fin whale fishing for herring, was trapped in a pond on the coast of New Foundland.
This story was inspired by the novel: 'A WHALE FOR THE KILLING' by Farley Mowat
Stop Whaling Now
Japanese Whaling Becomes an Industry
Out of Control
A Greenpeace Site
Japan's "Scientific" Whaling: A Deadly Scam
Giants Of The Sea
General Information on Whales and Dolphins
Another great Australian site.