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  • New Model Improves Atlantic Right Whale Estimates

    New Model Improves Atlantic Right Whale Estimates

    Sept 19: NOAA Fisheries researchers and colleagues at the New England Aquarium developed a new model to improve estimates of abundance and population trends of endangered North Atlantic right whales, which have declined in recent years.

  • NOAA Team Works to Help Entangled Humpback Whale

    NOAA Team Works to Help Entangled Humpback Whale

    Aug 30: NOAA Fisheries marine mammal entanglement experts are hopeful that a humpback whale is free, after a successful operation to cut the anchor line it was stuck in near the mouth of Tracy Arm.

  • Scientists Spot Some of Rarest Whales in US Waters

    Scientists Spot Some of Rarest Whales in US Waters

    Aug 10: After nearly 10 years, scientists locate and collect critical information on rare whale in eastern Bering Sea.

  • NOAA Awards $5.8 M for Species Recovery Grants

    NOAA Awards $5.8 M for Species Recovery Grants

    Aug 9: NOAA announces grants awarded under the 2017 Species Recovery Program totaling $5.8 million in federal assistance.

  • Collaborative Rescue Frees Humpback Whale

    Collaborative Rescue Frees Humpback Whale

    July 24: Responders from the Northcoast Marine Mammal Center, Humboldt State University, Oregon State University, U.S. Coast Guard, California Whale Rescue, local fishermen and community members freed an entangled juvenile humpback whale.

  • The Common

    The Common "Sense" Way to View Majestic Whales

    Feb 17: When watching whales, be respectful of their size and power. Follow the responsible viewing guidelines known as Whale SENSE to make sure that you, and the whales, stay safe.

  • False Killer Whales: Sentinels of Ocean Health

    False Killer Whales: Sentinels of Ocean Health

    Feb 15: A small population of endangered false killer whales is receiving special attention in the Hawaiian Islands. Scientists are gaining valuable information about their lives thanks to recovery grants from NOAA Fisheries.

  • Dive into NOAA Fisheries Whale Week

    Dive into NOAA Fisheries Whale Week

    Feb 13: Celebrate whales along with NOAA Fisheries--the largest and oldest mammals on earth. 29 species of whales live in U.S. waters. Learn more about some of these species as well as NOAA's work to protect them.

  • NOAA Fisheries Celebrates Whale Week 2017

    NOAA Fisheries Celebrates Whale Week 2017

    Feb 13: Join us for Whale Week 2017—there is a lot to learn about the new ways our scientists are studying whales, what they are learning, and how we can all pitch in to help protect whales.

  • 10 Wonderful Whale Facts

    10 Wonderful Whale Facts

    Feb 13: How much do you know about different species of whales? As we celebrate Whale Week, take a look at some interesting tidbits and see if you learn something new about these majestic creatures.

  • Sperm Whales: Revealing the Mysteries of the Deep

    Sperm Whales: Revealing the Mysteries of the Deep

    Feb 13: Large, noisy, and often social, sperm whales are a remarkable species found from the equator to the poles. Learn four reasons why sperm whales are special.

  • The Expert Is In! Gulf of Mexico Bryde’s Whales

    The Expert Is In! Gulf of Mexico Bryde’s Whales

    Feb 13: It is likely that fewer than 100 Bryde’s whales are living in the Gulf of Mexico. NOAA Fisheries experts answers your questions about this rare whale population.

  • Recovery Plan for Cook Inlet Beluga Whales

    Recovery Plan for Cook Inlet Beluga Whales

    Jan 4: NOAA Fisheries releases its recovery plan for the Cook Inlet beluga whale, one of eight endangered Species in the Spotlight.

  • New Training on Responding to Whale Entanglement

    New Training on Responding to Whale Entanglement

    Oct 21: NOAA has been working with numerous partners—the fishing industry, state fisheries managers, whale-watch companies, researchers, and conservationists—to minimize or prevent the incidental entanglement of whales.

  • Research Expedition Tracks Elusive Beaked Whales

    Research Expedition Tracks Elusive Beaked Whales

    Sep 1: Marine mammal scientists are beginning a research expedition in search of the least known, most mysterious and deepest diving whales off the West Coast.

  • Scientists Identify New Species of Beaked Whale

    Scientists Identify New Species of Beaked Whale

    Jul 26: An international team of scientists who searched out specimens from museums and remote Arctic islands has identified a rare new species of beaked whale that ranges from northern Japan across the Pacific Ocean to Alaska’s Aleutian Islands.

  • Disentangling a Whale of a Problem

    Disentangling a Whale of a Problem

    July 13: Whale entanglement reports are rising on the West Coast. NOAA Fisheries is working to educate fishermen and the general public on how to reduce entanglement risks.

  • Sentinels of Change: Gray Whales in the Arctic

    Sentinels of Change: Gray Whales in the Arctic

    Apr 7: Gray whales are now making their great annual migration to Arctic feeding grounds. What they find there may be changing.

  • Can the Vaquita be Saved from Extinction?

    Can the Vaquita be Saved from Extinction?

    Mar 10: Fewer than 100 vaquita remain, making this species of porpoise the most endangered marine mammal in the world.

  • Species in the Spotlight: 5 Year Action Plans

    Species in the Spotlight: 5 Year Action Plans

    Feb 10: NOAA Fisheries releases the first-ever action plans for the eight NOAA Fisheries' Species in the Spotlight.

  • Automatic Whale Detector, Version 2.0

    Automatic Whale Detector, Version 2.0

    Jan 13: Last year scientists combined infrared cameras with image recognition software to automatically detect and count migrating gray whales. This year, they upgraded.

  • Year in Review: Top 5 of 2015

    Year in Review: Top 5 of 2015

    Dec 22: What were our top five stories and photos from 2015? See which stories and photos made the list.

  • UAV Reveals Killer Whales in Striking Detail

    UAV Reveals Killer Whales in Striking Detail

    Oct 21: Unmanned aerial vehicle allows scientists to study killer whale health and reproduction while also offering a glimpse into the family life of these social animals.

  • Recognizing At-Sea Monitors and Observers

    Recognizing At-Sea Monitors and Observers

    Oct 14: At-sea fisheries monitors and observers are our eyes and ears on the water. They may spend days or weeks aboard commercial fishing vessels gathering first-hand information on what’s caught and thrown back.

  • 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.

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