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Marine Mammals

  • Teacher at Sea Learns the Right Kind of Lessons - Dec 13: Teacher at Sea Angela Greene joined NOAA scientists for a survey to study one of the nation's most critically endangered species: the North Atlantic right whale. Find out what she learned.
  • Right Whales: Steady as We Go - Dec 6: One of the principal threats to right whale recovery is collisions with ships. Because of this threat, NOAA Fisheries is renewing a rule meant to reduce the threat of vessel collisions with right whales.
  • NOAA Responds to Pilot Whales Stranding in Florida - Dec 5: On Tuesday, December 3, 2013 the National Park Service found a pod of short-finned pilot whales stranded near the edge of the Florida Everglades National Park. Get the latest updates about this event.
  • A Whale of a Thanksgiving Day Feast - Nov 26: Most of us are celebrating Thanksgiving with a traditional turkey dinner, but the Inupiat people on Alaska's north slope will be giving thanks over an animal that is a bit bigger than your average holiday bird.
  • Endangered Species Act Turns 40 - Nov 22: This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act. Species diversity and ecosystem health are part of the natural legacy we leave for future generations, and the Act helps protect this legacy.
  • Steller Performance - Nov 18: The Eastern population of Steller sea lions, now recovered, is off the threatened species list under the Endangered Species Act.
  • A Smart Strategy for Protecting Top Predators - Oct 30: Learn more about a new study that may help conservation and development co-exist in the ocean.
  • NOAA Scientists Document New Walrus Haulout - Sept 27: Scientists with the Aerial Surveys of Arctic Marine Mammals project have spotted thousands of walruses hauled out near Pt. Lay in the Chukchi Sea.
  • Whales and Dolphins in a Noisy Ocean - Sept 4: Many marine mammals use hearing to find their way through the world. But parts of the ocean are filling up with man-made noise, and that has the potential to leave them partially blinded. The CETSOUND project might help.
  • What's Causing Bottlenose Dolphins to Strand? - Aug 27: NOAA Fisheries shares what it has learned as likely culprit behind bottlenose dolphin strandings in the Mid-Atlantic.
  • Dolphin Unusual Mortality Event in Mid-Atlantic - Aug 12: Under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, an Unusual Mortality Event (UME) has been declared for bottlenose dolphins in the Mid-Atlantic region from early July 2013 through the present.
  • Keeping an Eye on Arctic Marine Mammals - Jul 28: NOAA scientists kicked off their annual Aerial Surveys of Arctic Marine Mammals project this month, thanks to funding by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM).
  • The Science Behind Killer Whale Genetics - Jul 11: Found in every ocean around the world, killer whales are a force to be reckoned with. Learn what NOAA scientists and researchers are discovering about killer whale genetics.
  • Dolphins Hitch a Free Ride from Gray Whale - June 28: In this photo, a group of long-beaked common dolphins are hitching a free ride on the bow wave of a migrating gray whale.
  • How NOAA Observes Our Changing Earth - Apr 22: NOAA uses a variety of observational resources to gain more information about our evolving planet, including satellites, ships, planes, buoys, and on-the-ground scientists to provide data to better understand, and ultimately preserve, our earth.
  • The Science Behind Harbor Seal Monitoring - Feb 11: Find out how NOAA scientists monitor harbor seal populations in Puget Sound.
  • Previously Entangled Right Whales Give Birth - Jan 29: Recently, two previously entangled right whales gave birth. Learn more about how NOAA Fisheries and partners help marine mammals in distress.
  • When One Endangered Species Eats Another - Jan 22: When one endangered species eats another, ecosystem-based management may be the only way to save them both: killer whales and chinook salmon.
  • In the Field With Ice Seals - Dec 21: What's it like to be in the field with ice seals? What kind of technology do we use to study them? Marine ecologist Peter Boveng answers these questions and more.
  • Listening for Change in the Arctic - Oct 31: New developments in acoustic technology mean that scientists can use sound to closely monitor changes in the marine ecosystem.
  • 40 Facts for 40 Years of Protecting Marine Mammals - Oct 26: Read our 40 Facts for 40 Years in honor of the 40th anniversary of the Marine Mammal Protection Act.
  • Marine Mammals on the Move - Oct 24: If a picture is worth a thousand words then a video must be worth a million words. Spend some time with whales, dolphins, seals and more.
  • Co-management Strengthens Marine Mammal Science - Oct 23: Do you know how NOAA Fisheries works with Alaska Native subsistence hunters to provide scientific support for co-management of seals, sea lions, fur seals, and whales in Alaska?
  • Celebrating 40 Years of Marine Mammal Protection - Oct 23: The Marine Mammal Protection Act was enacted 40 years ago this week on October 21, 1972. All marine mammals are protected under this Act.
  • Reflecting on 40 Years of Marine Mammal Protection - Oct 22: The Chief Science Advisor for NOAA Fisheries reflects upon 40 years of successful marine mammal protection and considers the immense challenges ahead.
  • Migrating Gray Whales Slowly Reveal Their Secrets - Oct 17: Recently scientists were surprised to discover that some gray whales from a critically endangered population cross the Pacific every year to winter off the coast of North America.
  • Aerial Drones Give Scientists a New Perspective - Oct 3: What will help launch a whole new era of marine mammal research? Aerial drones help biologist Wayne Perryman and other NOAA scientists study animals and ecosystems in a whole new way.
  • Getting to the Bottom of Marine Mammal Crimes - Oct 3: Special agents and enforcement officers with NOAA Fisheries Office of Law Enforcement investigate crimes against marine mammals under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this month.
  • New Research: Climate Impacts on Marine Predators - Sept 24: What happens when marine animals at the top of the food chain start to feel the impacts of climate change? This week Nature Climate Change features the results of research led by NOAA Fisheries scientist Elliott Hazen.
  • Grants Awarded for Marine Mammal Rescue - Aug 31: NOAA Fisheries awards 39 grants to participants of the Marine Mammal Stranding Network to respond to sick, injured, or stranded marine mammals and investigate health concerns for these populations in the wild.
  • Meet Springer—One Orca Who Overcame the Odds - July 13: An orphaned killer whale calf, Springer, was rescued from Puget Sound and returned to her family in Canada in 2002. This summer, she has been sighted again.
  • Teacher at Sea Helps Scientists Study Right Whales - June 28: NOAA Teacher at Sea Ellen O’Donnell shares incredible highlights of her research cruise studying North Atlantic Right Whales.
  • Dolphin SMART Businesses Protect Dolphins - June 12: Protecting dolphins and their coastal homes is crucial for conservation efforts and economic sustainability of dolphin-viewing businesses.
  • Bering Sea Research Reveals Changing Ecosystems - June 6: NOAA and partners conduct new research in the Bering Sea to examine how ecosystem changes are affecting our fisheries.
  • Crimes Against Marine Mammals—New Exhibit Opens - May 22: NOAA Fisheries and the Crime Museum open new exhibit "Crimes Against Marine Mammals," celebrating 40 years of the Marine Mammal Protection Act and highlighting Act violations, investigations, and protection measures.
  • Amazing Gray Whale Journey Across the Pacific - April 22: The Gray whale journey is one of the longest made by any mammal, covering over 12,000 miles round-trip, from the Alaskan Arctic to Mexico.
  • 'TweetChat' to Highlight Famous Gray Whale Rescue - Feb. 23: NOAA scientist Dave Withrow will answer questions live on Twitter this Thursday, February 23 at 2:30 p.m. Eastern. He was part of the real-life 1988 rescue of three gray whales trapped in sea ice that inspired the new movie, "Big Miracle."
  • Whale Rescue Inspires Hollywood - Feb. 1: This weekend, Universal Pictures will premiere "Big Miracle," a new film inspired by the real-life 1988 rescue of three gray whales trapped in sea ice near Barrow, Alaska. NOAA scientist Dave Withrow talks about his experience as part of the rescue team.
  • Unusual Mortality Event Declared in Texas - Dec : NOAA declares 2011-2012 bottlenose dolphin unusual mortality event in Texas. Scientists continue to investigate the cause.
  • Fishermen ‘Get Smart’ about Reducing Bycatch - Nov 17: NOAA presented the grand prize at World Wildlife Fund’s 2011 International Smart Gear Competition today in Seattle. The competition recognized three fishing devices that save lives of seabirds, fish, turtles, and other marine life.
  • NOAA Right Whale Experts Use Twitter to Reach Out - Nov. 16: As right whales migrate down the Atlantic Coast this winter to their winter calving grounds, there are things boaters can do to ensure their safe travels. To inform the public, NOAA whale experts took to Twitter.
  • Bacterial Infection Cause of Dolphin Deaths - Oct. 27: NOAA has identified the bacteria Brucella in five bottlenose dolphins that died in the northern Gulf of Mexico. These five are among 580 dolphins in higher than expected strandings that began in February 2010.
  • Antarctic Killer Whales Seek Spa-like Relief - Oct. 25: NOAA researchers explain why a type of Antarctic killer whale performs a rapid migration to warmer tropical waters – spa-like skin treatment.
  • Porpoise Bycatch Prevented with Proper Pinger Use - Oct. 7: The correct-use of warning systems on fishing gear in the Northeast has become increasingly important for protecting harbor porpoise, one of the region's most vulnerable marine mammals.
  • NOAA releases first national bycatch report - Sept. 22: A new NOAA report will help the agency's scientists monitor progress in reducing bycatch – the non-target fish, marine mammals, sea turtles, and seabirds caught incidentally in fishing.