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  • Conserve — The Dominica Sperm Whale Project
    that management should be made on the regional scale rather than across broad arbitrary oceanic stocks as they are currently The community using the waters in the eastern Caribbean has been estimated to be fewer than 300 whales While globally it is estimated that there are around 360 000 sperm whales down from about 1 1 Million prior to ancient and modern mechanized whaling which only stopped in the late 1980 s not so long ago Conservation Issues While whaling of sperm whales has largely stopped humans are still the sources of the major threats to sperm whales Chemical and heavy metals are being found in the tissues of animals from around the world including those as far away as Antarctica Animals can become entangled in fishing gear including longline gill nets and FADs and ship strikes are a concern for sperm whales particularly in island areas like the Caribbean where everything is imported and fast ferries transit between islands But ocean noise is increasingly being seen as a major threat to cetaceans around the world Sperm whales are listed or protected under a number of legal frameworks The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species lists the sperm whale as being Vulnerable The United States Endangered Species Act list sperm whales as Endangered Listed under Appendix I and Appendix II of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals CMS as sperm whales have been categorized as being in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant proportion of their range Appendix I and they have an unfavourable conservation status or would benefit significantly from international co operation organised by tailored agreements Appendix II Sperm whales are covered by the Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife SPAW Protocols in the Wider Caribbean Currently there are no legal protections

    Original URL path: http://www.thespermwhaleproject.org/conserve-1 (2016-04-30)
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  • Publications — The Dominica Sperm Whale Project
    j anbehav 2010 12 019 PDF 2010 T M Schulz H Whitehead S Gero and L Rendell 2010 Individual vocal production in a sperm whale Physeter macrocephalus social unit Marine Mammal Science 27 1 149 166 DOI 10 1111 j 1748 7692 2010 00399 x PDF 2009 D Engelhaupt A R Hoelzel C Nicholson A Frantzis S Mesnick S Gero H Whitehead L Rendell P Miller R De Stefanis A A Mignucci Giannoni 2009 Female philopatry in coastal basins and male dispersion across the North Atlantic in a highly mobile marine species the Sperm whale Physeter macrocephalus Molecular Ecology 18 4193 4205 DOI 10 1111 j 1365 294x 2009 04355 x PDF S Gero D Engelhaupt L Rendell and H Whitehead 2009 Who Cares Between group variation in alloparental care giving in sperm whales Behavioral Ecology 20 4 838 843 DOI 10 1093 beheco arp068 PDF 2008 T M Schulz H Whitehead S Gero and L Rendell 2008 Overlapping and matching of codas in vocal interactions between sperm whales Insights into communication function Animal Behaviour 76 1977 1988 DOI 10 1016 j anbehav 2008 07 032 PDF S Gero D Engelhaupt and H Whitehead 2008 Heterogeneous associations within a sperm whale unit reflect pairwise relatedness Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology 63 143 151 DOI 10 1007 s00265 008 0645 x PDF Supplimentary Material D Lusseau H Whitehead and S Gero 2008 Incorporating uncertainty into the study of animal social networks Animal Behaviour 75 5 1809 1815 DOI 10 1016 j anbehav 2007 10 029 PDF 2007 S Gero J Gordon C Carlson P Evans and H Whitehead 2007 Population estimate and inter island movement of sperm whales Physeter macrocephalus in the Eastern Caribbean Journal of Cetacean Research and Management 9 2 143 150 PDF S Gero and H Whitehead 2007 Suckling

    Original URL path: http://www.thespermwhaleproject.org/pubs (2016-04-30)
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  • Conservation Issues — The Dominica Sperm Whale Project
    300 whales While globally it is estimated that there are around 360 000 sperm whales down from about 1 1 Million prior to ancient and modern mechanized whaling which only stopped in the late 1980 s not so long ago Conservation Issues While whaling of sperm whales has largely stopped humans are still the sources of the major threats to sperm whales Chemical and heavy metals are being found in the tissues of animals from around the world including those as far away as Antarctica Animals can become entangled in fishing gear including longline gill nets and FADs and ship strikes are a concern for sperm whales particularly in island areas like the Caribbean where everything is imported and fast ferries transit between islands But ocean noise is increasingly being seen as a major threat to cetaceans around the world Sperm whales are listed or protected under a number of legal frameworks The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species lists the sperm whale as being Vulnerable The United States Endangered Species Act list sperm whales as Endangered Listed under Appendix I and Appendix II of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals CMS as sperm whales

    Original URL path: http://www.thespermwhaleproject.org/threats (2016-04-30)
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  • Flukebook — The Dominica Sperm Whale Project
    any other social media site Flukebook also has powerful data management pioneering photo matching algorithms and analysis tools for researchers and conservation groups to build a framework for studies over the gigantic geographic scales whales use every day You can help by contributing your fluke pictures Submit Flukes Flukebook is a free online resource established to strengthen the global conservation of whales and dolphins Meet The Whale Families Our local

    Original URL path: http://www.thespermwhaleproject.org/flukebook (2016-04-30)
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  • Donate — The Dominica Sperm Whale Project
    largest parts of our expenses every year The Dominica Sperm Whale Project is proud to be part of the Aeroplan Beyond Miles donation Program Please help us by donating your Aeroplan miles to support our field research Donate Here Top

    Original URL path: http://www.thespermwhaleproject.org/donate (2016-04-30)
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  • Funders — The Dominica Sperm Whale Project
    Conserve Contact Funders Funders Funders Research funds for past and current work originates from the following organizations Top ABOUT US The DSWP Team Students STUDY Research Overview Ongoing Work Publications

    Original URL path: http://www.thespermwhaleproject.org/funders (2016-04-30)
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  • Press — The Dominica Sperm Whale Project
    and have dialects BBC Earth Online The whales that speak in code to show their identity Hakai Magazine Online Caribbean whales have an accent BBC Earth Online Sperm whales can remember their friends Science Magazine Online Whale social network reveals allies The Speaker Online The Language of Sperm Whales Illustreret Videnskab Print Welcome to the Whale Collective National Wildlife Print The Private Lives of Sperm Whales OCEANA Magazine Print Question

    Original URL path: http://www.thespermwhaleproject.org/press (2016-04-30)
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  • Current Students — The Dominica Sperm Whale Project
    Students Balaena from the mast courtesy of Marina Milligan Wilfried Beslin MSc Candidate Dalhousie University Anne Bøttcher MSc Candidate Aarhus University Christine Konrad MSc Candidate Dalhousie University Pernille Tønnesen MSc Candidate Aarhus University Top ABOUT US The DSWP Team Students

    Original URL path: http://www.thespermwhaleproject.org/current-students (2016-04-30)
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