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Whales

  • Study Analyzes Risks to Whales from Ship Traffic

    Study Analyzes Risks to Whales from Ship Traffic

    Mar 29: Researchers identified areas off southern California with high numbers of whales and assessed their risk from potentially deadly collisions with commercial ship traffic in a newly released study.

  • Scientists Launch a New Era in Whale Research

    Scientists Launch a New Era in Whale Research

    Mar 7: New technology enables safe, non-invasive methods for monitoring the health and physiology of large whales.

  • Previously Entangled Right Whales Give Birth

    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

    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.

  • NOAA Releases New Beluga Abundance Estimate

    NOAA Releases New Beluga Abundance Estimate

    Jan 4: NOAA Fisheries scientists annouced that the 2012 abundance estimate for the endangered Cook Inlet beluga whale population is 312 animals, a small, but not scientifically significant increase over last year.

  • Listening for Change in the Arctic

    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.

  • Marine Mammals on the Move

    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

    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

    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.

  • Migrating Gray Whales Slowly Reveal Their Secrets

    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.

  • Getting to the Bottom of Marine Mammal Crimes

    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.

  • Grants Awarded for Marine Mammal Rescue

    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

    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

    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.

  • International Whaling Commission Meeting Gears Up

    International Whaling Commission Meeting Gears Up

    June 26: NOAA helps promote U.S. positions including the rights and needs of aboriginal subsistence whalers and whale conservation activities at the 64th Annual Meeting of the International Whaling Commission in Panama City, Panama.

  • Crimes Against Marine Mammals—New Exhibit Opens

    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

    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

    '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

    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.

  • Survey Shows Dip in Cook Inlet Beluga Count

    Survey Shows Dip in Cook Inlet Beluga Count

    Jan. 9: Scientists from NOAA’s Alaska Fisheries Science Center today announced the 2011 abundance estimate for the endangered Cook Inlet beluga whale population is 284 animals, almost 20 percent lower than last year’s estimate of 340.

  • NOAA Right Whale Experts Use Twitter to Reach Out

    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.

  • Antarctic Killer Whales Seek Spa-like Relief

    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.