http://www.ifaw.org/australia/theme/publications/rss.xml/125/20 en World of Animals Issue 19 http://www.ifaw.org/australia/resource-centre/world-animals-iss-1 <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, 09/01/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-woa-link"> <div class="field-label">World Of Animals Book Link:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.ifaw.org/sites/default/files/publications/woa/woa19/woa_au/index.html" target="_blank">http://www.ifaw.org/sites/default/files/publications/woa/woa19/woa_au/index.html</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="node-body"><p>World of Animals Issue 19</p> </div> Whales Whales World of Animals Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:41:28 +0000 jjones 101239 at http://www.ifaw.org Collision Course: the increasing risk of ship strikes to whales in the great barrier reef http://www.ifaw.org/australia/resource-centre/collision-course-increasing-risk-ship-strikes-whales-great-barrier-reef <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">Wed, 07/02/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="node-body"><p>Concerns over the rapid industrialisation of the Great Barrier Reef are widespread and have attracted the attention of the World Heritage Committee.&nbsp; Ship strikes pose a serious risk to whales.</p> </div> Whales Whales great barrier reef ship strikes whales Other Wed, 02 Jul 2014 16:25:59 +0000 rbartlett 100717 at http://www.ifaw.org Sperm Whale Fact Sheet http://www.ifaw.org/australia/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/australia/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/australia/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/australia/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