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Spotlight on Endangered Species

Globally, there are approximately 2,050 species listed under the law known as the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Of these species, approximately 1,430 are found in some part of the U.S. or its waters, including the 90 marine species NOAA Fisheries oversees. The ESA is not new. It was passed into law 40 years ago. So, to highlight the 40th Anniversary of the ESA and the work being done to protect and restore endangered species, NOAA Fisheries is highlighting four species a week on our website for the next few weeks. Check in to learn more about efforts to protect everything from the world's largest animal, the blue whale, to some of its most unique, including the smalltooth sawfish. Learn more about all of our ESA-listed species, including endangered salmon, on our species pages.

Click each species image to learn more.

Right Whale, North Atlantic

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North Atlantic Right Whale

(Eubalaena glacialis)
Credit: NOAA


Staghorn Coral

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Staghorn Coral

(Acropora cervicornis)
Credit: NOAA