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  • NOAA Declares an Unusual Mortality Event in Alaska

    NOAA Declares an Unusual Mortality Event in Alaska

    Aug 21: NOAA is declaring the recent deaths of 30 large whales in the western Gulf of Alaska an "unusual mortality event," triggering a focused, expert investigation into the cause.

  • Searching for Rare Right Whales in North Pacific

    Searching for Rare Right Whales in North Pacific

    Aug 10: A team of NOAA Fisheries scientists set out on a month-long research survey to try to locate the rare North Pacific right whale, possibly the most endangered marine mammal to visit U.S. waters.

  • Spotlight Species: Southern Resident Killer Whale

    Spotlight Species: Southern Resident Killer Whale

    June 22: Learn more about the Southern Resident killer whale, one of NOAA Fisheries' Species in the Spotlight.

  • Scientists Use UAV to Study Gray Whales from Above

    Scientists Use UAV to Study Gray Whales from Above

    May 28: A rare opportunity to study how the environment limits the growth of a recovered population of large whales.

  • Species in the Spotlight: Cook Inlet Beluga Whale

    Species in the Spotlight: Cook Inlet Beluga Whale

    May 26: Learn more about the Cook Inlet beluga whale, one of NOAA Fisheries' Species in the Spotlight.

  • Species in the Spotlight: Survive to Thrive

    Species in the Spotlight: Survive to Thrive

    May 14: Of all the species NOAA protects under the ESA, we consider eight among the most at risk of extinction in the near future. Our “Species in the Spotlight: Survive to Thrive” initiative is an agency-wide effort to help these species survive.

  • Humpback Whales: A Success Story?

    Humpback Whales: A Success Story?

    Apr 20: Are humpback whales still endangered, or have their populations recovered enough since whaling ended that they can now be taken off the Endangered Species List?

  • New Tool Aids US Conservation of Whales, Dolphins

    New Tool Aids US Conservation of Whales, Dolphins

    Mar 10: Researchers have identified more than 100 areas within U.S. waters that should be considered biologically important when making management and regulatory decisions about human activities that could affect whales, dolphins and porpoises.

  • Humpback Whales: Fact vs. Fiction

    Humpback Whales: Fact vs. Fiction

    Feb 11: How well do you know the humpback whale? Take a look at some facts and common myths about this majestic marine mammal.

  • Automatic Whale Detector, Version 1.0

    Automatic Whale Detector, Version 1.0

    Feb 9: Scientists have combined infrared cameras with image recognition software to automatically detect and count migrating gray whales.

  • Captive Killer Whale Included On Endangered List

    Captive Killer Whale Included On Endangered List

    Feb 4: NOAA Fisheries will issue a final rule to include Lolita, a captive killer whale at the Miami Seaquarium, in the endangered species listing for Southern Resident Killer Whales that spend much of the year in inland waters of WA and British Columbia.

  • Win-Win for Whales and Lobstermen

    Win-Win for Whales and Lobstermen

    Nov 5: New proposed measures provide needed protections for whales with less economic impact on fishermen.

  • You've Never Seen Killer Whales Like This Before

    You've Never Seen Killer Whales Like This Before

    Oct 8: For the first time, scientists have used an unmanned aerial vehicle to photograph killer whales from above, giving them a new way to monitor killer whale health and reproduction while giving us all a stunning new view of the species.

  • Prescott Grants Awarded for Marine Mammal Rescue

    Prescott Grants Awarded for Marine Mammal Rescue

    Sep 19: NOAA Fisheries announced the award of 35 grants to partner organizations in 18 states totaling $2.7 million to respond to and rehabilitate stranded marine mammals and collect data on their health.

  • Satellite Tags Reveal How Animals See the Ocean

    Satellite Tags Reveal How Animals See the Ocean

    Sept 9: An interview with NOAA Fisheries scientist Jeffrey Polovina.

  • Gray Whale Calves Born in Big Numbers

    Gray Whale Calves Born in Big Numbers

    Jul 17: NOAA Fisheries scientists keep track of how many gray whale calves are born each winter, and it looks like this was a banner year for calf production.

  • Why We Need to Protect Whales

    Why We Need to Protect Whales

    Jul 1: New management measures to save whales have costs to fishing industry, but are necessary.

  • Whale Sense Vessel Helps Save Whale

    Whale Sense Vessel Helps Save Whale

    Jun 26: A vessel owned by a participant in the WhaleSense program was instrumental in a whale rescue.

  • Special Report: Southern Resident Killer Whales

    Special Report: Southern Resident Killer Whales

    Jun 25: Today, NOAA Fisheries released a report highlighting the accomplishments of 10 years of dedicated research and conservation of the endangered Southern Resident killer whale population.

  • Minke Mystery Solved

    Minke Mystery Solved

    Apr 23: Scientists have discovered the source of the "bio-duck" sound, a strange noise that has mystified scientists and submarine captains in the ocean off Antarctica for decades.

  • How to Disentangle a Tangled Up Whale

    How to Disentangle a Tangled Up Whale

    Mar 31: Every year, dozens of whales become entangled in fishing gear off the U.S. Atlantic coast. The Atlantic Large Whale Disentanglement Network works to save them.

  • International Ivory Smuggling Ring Dismantled

    International Ivory Smuggling Ring Dismantled

    Feb 24: Three co-defendants in Tennessee and New Jersey have been arrested in connection with illegal trafficking of narwhal tusks from Canada to the United States.

  • NOAA Responds to Pilot Whales Stranding in Florida

    NOAA Responds to Pilot Whales Stranding in Florida

    Jan 22: Get the latest updates on the pilot whale stranding in Southwest Florida, and learn how NOAA and its partners are responding to the event.

  • Killer in Distress

    Killer in Distress

    Dec 26: Scientists are working to understand why the population of Southern Resident killer whales isn’t rebounding, and what we can do to help them recover.

  • Right Whales: Steady as We Go

    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.

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