http://www.ifaw.org/africa/theme/publications/rss.xml/124/20 en Sperm Whale Fact Sheet http://www.ifaw.org/africa/resource-centre/sperm-whale-fact-she-0 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-label">Publication Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 06/06/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="node-body"><p>These sociable and deep-diving whales get their name from a peculiar organ inside their giant heads, the spermaceti organ, which contains a type of oil that in the past whalers thought looked like semen. These incredible animals were sadly hunted for this oil, which was used to fuel lamps and make candles, soaps and cosmetics. The spermaceti organ is actually used in echolocation, a remarkable method of communication and navigation also used by bats, in which the whale produces clicks that bounce off objects back to the whale.</p> </div> Whales Whales Australia sperm whale fact sheet Other Fri, 06 Jun 2014 16:09:38 +0000 rbartlett 100495 at http://www.ifaw.org Blue Whale Fact Sheet http://www.ifaw.org/africa/resource-centre/blue-whale-fact-sheet <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-label">Publication Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 06/06/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="node-body"><p>The largest animal in the world was once brought shockingly close to extinction by relentless whaling. There used to be over 250,000 blue whales in our oceans, but hunting reduced blue whale numbers to just a few hundred. Although the hunting of blue whales is now banned by the International Whaling Commission, there are still very few blue whales compared to the days before whaling.</p> </div> Whales Whales Australia blue whales Other Fri, 06 Jun 2014 16:21:03 +0000 rbartlett 100496 at http://www.ifaw.org Humpback Whale Fact Sheet http://www.ifaw.org/africa/resource-centre/humpback-whale-fact-sheet <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-label">Publication Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 06/06/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="node-body"><p>Arguably the most well-known and best-loved of all the whales, humpback whales are known to sing for minutes or hours. Solitary male humpback whales are most often heard singing, with their haunting moans audible for several kilometres underwater. Scientists have not yet agreed on a single reason for why humpback whales sing &ndash; it could be to attract females, to communicate or to navigate &ndash; and so it remains one of nature&rsquo;s most endearing mysteries.</p> </div> Whales Whales Australia Humpback Whales Other Fri, 06 Jun 2014 16:26:14 +0000 rbartlett 100497 at http://www.ifaw.org Southern Right Whale Fact Sheet http://www.ifaw.org/africa/resource-centre/southern-right-whale-fact-sheet <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-label">Publication Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 06/06/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="node-body"><p>Southern right whales are one of the most commonly seen whales in Australian waters. Their name arises from the unfortunate fact that as slow swimmers, which are easy to approach and float when dead, they were considered the &lsquo;right&rsquo; whales to hunt. They were hunted extensively in the 19th century and populations around Australia were drastically reduced. Today, southern right whales are slowly recovering in southwest Australian waters, but those found in the southeast are still struggling to recover from the impacts of whaling.</p> </div> Whales Whales Australia southern right whales Other Fri, 06 Jun 2014 14:48:29 +0000 rbartlett 100491 at http://www.ifaw.org Report of the International Panel of Independent Legal Experts On: Special Permit (“Scientific”) Whaling Under International Law http://www.ifaw.org/africa/resource-centre/report-international-panel-independent-legal-experts-special-permit-%E2%80%9Cscientific%E2%80%9D-wha <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-label">Publication Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 10/08/2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="node-body"><p>Report of the International Panel of Independent Legal Experts On: Special Permit (&ldquo;Scientific&rdquo;) Whaling Under International Law</p> <p>A discussion about findings concerning the so-called &quot;scientific&quot; whaling under international law.</p> </div> Whales Whales Other Tue, 08 Oct 2013 18:06:49 +0000 rbartlett 97831 at http://www.ifaw.org Commercial Whaling by Another Name. The Illegality of Japan's Scientific Whaling: Response to Dan Goodman http://www.ifaw.org/africa/resource-centre/commercial-whaling-another-name-illegality-japans-scientific-whaling-response-dan-go <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-label">Publication Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 09/23/2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="node-body"><p>A collection relating to the publication of <em>Commercial Whaling by Another Name. The Illegality of Japan&#39;s Scientific Whaling: Response to Dan Goodman</em>.&nbsp;</p> </div> Whales Whales whales Other Mon, 23 Sep 2013 19:44:35 +0000 rbartlett 97671 at http://www.ifaw.org