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News and Opinion

Coverage of whales since February 6, 2024.

Federal, Manitoba governments offer more money on northern railway and port

"...“The rail line is essential for northern supply chains, for local food security and for small businesses and tourism operators,” Vandal said at a news conference attended by delegates from several countries in northern Europe..."

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A stray whale died in Osaka Bay, raising questions about the cause and the cost of disposal

"...Osaka officials have decided to bury the dead whale at a section of a nearbyindustrial waste disposal complex after cetacean experts carried out an autopsy, collecting samples to determine the cause of the whales death, prefectural environmental department official Toshihiro Yamawaki said..."

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Marine area larger than Lake Superior could soon be protected off Ontario's shores

"...“Our best ally to fight climate change is nature,” he said. “So, the more we can invest in nature protection, the more we can enhance the capacity of our ecosystems to withstand the impacts of climate change. ”..."

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Marine area bigger than Lake Superior could soon be protected off Ontario's shores

"...A vast marine area home to beluga whales and threatened polar bears off Ontario's northern shores is a step closer to protected status..."

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How do whales sing? Scientists point to a specialized voice box that other animals don't have

"...In a paper published Wednesday in the journal Nature, Coen Elemans of the University of Southern Denmark and colleagues studied the voice boxes, or larynxes, from three dead, stranded whales a humpback, minke and sei, which are all types of baleen whales..."

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To keep whales safe, Coast Guard launches boat alert system in Seattle

"...The Salish Sea is an “incredible area that has a lot of a rich diversity of whale species here,” Woodbridge added. And also a lot of economic activity on the waterways. And so were really trying to help both thrive..."

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Another endangered whale was found dead off East Coast. This one died after colliding with a ship

"...Federal authorities said the second critically endangered North Atlantic right whale found dead in the last month showed injuries consistent with a collision with a ship..."

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Good news for B.C. sport fishers, orcas

"...Chinook salmon are the largest of the five species of salmon in B. C. and favoured by sport fisherman because of their size..."

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Nearly half of the worlds migratory species are in decline, UN report says

"...Many songbirds, sea turtles, whales, sharks and other migratory animals move to different environments with changing seasons and are imperiled by habitat loss, illegal hunting and fishing, pollution and climate change..."

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Cambridge testing flood wall on Main Street Bridge 50 years after historic Galt flood

"...The flood wall was put in place following the 1974 Galt flood, which was one of the largest floods ever recorded in the Grand River watershed..."

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Landfill liaison committee forms to address issues with Region of Waterloo site

"...The Region of Waterloo is looking for feedback on the landfill..."

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A pod of killer whales trapped in drift ice off northern Japan has apparently safely escaped

"...Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshimasa Hayashi told reporters on Wednesday that killer whales are not designated as an endangered species in Japan and that officials were monitoring the situation while Japan and Russia communicated over the issue..."

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Jobs in whales

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Clerk Receptionist, Oncology Clinic - BC Cancer Victoria

"...Whale Watching? VictoriaâÂÂs waters are home to three resident pods of orca (killer) whales totaling 76 whales..."

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Conservation Technician - Beluga Whales

"...Specialized knowledge of database development and maintenance, and/or machine learning would be considered an asset..."

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Director, Whales Initiative

"...Ocean Wise is headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia with staff across Canada and initiatives around..."

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Clerk Receptionist 3, Oncology Clinic - BC Cancer Victoria

"...Whale Watching? VictoriaâÂÂs waters are home to three resident pods of orca (killer) whales totaling 76 whales..."

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Podcasts

Recent episodes that mention whales.

128. North Atlantic Killer Whale Diets

Duration: 30:30

"...Source: Breaching Extinction..."

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123. Can Whales Help Fight Climate Change?

Duration: 23:21

"...Source: Breaching Extinction..."

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120. Antarctic Fin Whale Distribution

Duration: 36:36

"...Source: Breaching Extinction..."

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119. Humpback Whale Song Cultural Transmission

Duration: 20:06

"...Source: Breaching Extinction..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about whales.

Wild Italy | Part 1: Volcanic Waters | Free Documentary Nature

"...Then, a hundred thousand years ago, the craters turned into lakes and wildlife conquered the volcanic waters: from spectacled salamanders living in the lakes to the giant sperm whale swimming in the sea that surrounds the islands, skies dwelled by golden eagles hunting at the top of the volcano and Eleonoras falcons living on the cliffs..."

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Why Omega 3 Pills Are a Threat to Antarctica's Ecosystem

"...Antarctica is best known for whales, penguins, and seals, but this vast and fragile ecosystem depends on a far smaller resident: krill..."

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Should nature have a price tag on its ecosystem services?

"...What services does nature provide for free and how much are they worth in cash terms? Green economists say we need to put a price tag on trees and bees in order to save them, but how? And is it really such a good idea? ..."

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Welcome to DFO

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about whales relevant to the latest news.

Optimizing constrained engineering problem nH-WDEOA: using hybrid nature-inspired algorithm

"...In order to achieve optimality, several variants of nature-inspired algorithms viz..."

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Deep Learning Approach to Classification of Acoustic Signals Using Information Features

"...A dataset from the Kaggle competition for detecting acoustic signatures of whales was used, and the models were compared in terms of the quality of solving the problem involved on a standard set of metrics..."

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Enhanced whale optimization algorithm-based modeling and simulation analysis for industrial system parameter identification

"...Parameter identification for complex systems of nonlinear nature is challenging due to the complicated process structure and large number of parameters with different identifiability..."

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GM-WOA: a hybrid energy efficient cluster routing technique for SDN-enabled WSNs

"...An intelligent and hybrid model of genetic mutation-based whale optimization (GM-WOA) is proposed to optimize the process of CNs selection in heterogeneous SDN-enabled WSN..."

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Chimp optimization algorithm in multilevel image thresholding and image clustering

"...To ease this complicated process, nature inspired optimization algorithms are quite handy tools..."

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Integration of IDPC Clustering Analysis and Interpretable Machine Learning for Survival Risk Prediction of Patients with ESCC

"...To address this issue, this work proposes a novel interpretable survival risk prediction method for ESCC patients based on extreme gradient boosting improved by whale optimization algorithm (WOA-XGBoost) and shapley additive explanations (SHAP)..."

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ANWOA: an adaptive nonlinear whale optimization algorithm for high-dimensional optimization problems

"...One of the most competitive nature-inspired metaheuristic optimization algorithms is the whale optimization algorithm (WOA)..."

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Multi-objective edge server placement using the whale optimization algorithm and game theory

"...Due to the users? mobility, new online applications, as well as low processing power and limited energy of smart devices, traditional cloud computing models could not provide new required services..."

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Artificial ecosystem optimization by means of fitness distance balance model for engineering design optimization

"...Also, the proposed FDBAEO shows greater outperformance compared to several recent algorithms of Atomic Orbital Search, Arithmetic-Trigonometric, Beluga whale, Chef-Based, and Artificial Ecosystem Optimizers..."

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AFOX: a new adaptive nature-inspired optimization algorithm

"...This paper proposes a novel nature-based metaheuristic optimization algorithm called Adaptive Fox Optimization (AFOX) Algorithm, which is inspired by the hunting behavior of foxes..."

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Marine Mammals of the Emirates: Whales, Dolphins, Porpoises and Dugongs

"...With the exponential increase of anthropogenic pressure and effects of climate change on the UAE marine environment, they are facing the risk of disappearing unnoticed..."

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GOOSE algorithm: a powerful optimization tool for real-world engineering challenges and beyond

"...In addition, the proposed algorithm is tested on 10 modern benchmark functions, and the gained results are compared with three recent algorithms, such as the dragonfly algorithm, whale optimization algorithm (WOA), and salp swarm algorithm (SSA)..."

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