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whale

see CETACEAN.

whale

large mammal, member of the order Cetacea, well adapted to aquatic life.

false killer whale
Pseudorca crassidens; much smaller than the killer whale and lacking its fiercely predatory behavior.
killer whale
the greatest predator of the whales eating all kinds of fish life including other whales. Called also grampus, Orcinus orca.
whale lice
whale stranding
see pinniped stranding.
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Many tourists are not fully aware of the contradiction of going whale watching then later eating whale meat.
It undermines international efforts to conserve and protect whales and goes against the spirit of the International Whaling Commission s moratorium on commercial whaling.
Further measures were put in place when The Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary was established by the International Whaling Commission in 1994.
The industry folklore has given America one of its greatest novels, Moby Dick, and scores of paintings and illustrations of men in small boats being swamped by the jaws of sperm whales.
According to previous studies, the top killers of right whales are ships that run into them and fishery rigging--often lobster gear--that accidentally entangles them.
Also, "a freshly-dead right whale is about 10 feet in diameter," says Moore.
CONTACT: Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, (011)44-0-1249-449500, www.
When the whale realized she was free, she began to swim around in circles.
But an enormous pod of Pacific whitesided dolphins and a group of barking sea lions took the spotlight from the gray whales that my family and I were trying to see.
These characters live on the margins of society, which might explain why; for all of their differences, Saluni and the Whale Caller are drawn to each other--building a relationship that is vastly complicated by Saluni's selfishness and the Whale Caller's obsession with a female whale he calls Sharisha.
Between 2000 and 2002, a team of scientists led by Tetsuya Endo, a professor in the Department of Clinical Toxicology and Metabolism at the Health Sciences University of Hokkaido, purchased whale meat samples from markets across the country.
Conservationists call Japan's whaling program a cover for commercial whaling, as the whale meat is sold for consumption in Japan after research.