Join us as we celebrate Whale Week, February 14-18, 2022! Whales are among the largest and oldest animals on Earth. They can be found in every ocean and range in size from the small dwarf sperm whale to the massive blue whale, the largest animal on the planet.
At NOAA Fisheries, we work to ensure the conservation and protection of all marine mammals. This Whale Week, explore whale science and conservation through the features and videos below.
Follow along on our NOAA Fisheries social media channels and stay tuned for more content throughout the week.
Tales of Whales: Whale Features
A Whale's World of Sound
Sound plays an essential role for marine species, and the ocean is getting noisier. NOAA works to understand and reduce the impacts of human-produced noise on whales.
Lose the Rope, Give Whales Hope
NOAA Fisheries is developing ropeless fishing gear to help prevent marine mammal entanglement off the coast of New England.
Celebrate Whale Week with Us: A Message from Kim Damon-Randall, Director of NOAA Fisheries Office of Protected Resources
Join us for a celebration of whales and the 50th anniversary of the Marine Mammal Protection Act.
Flame: Juneau, Alaska’s Wildlife Superstar
Whale Week highlights a local favorite among whale watchers and the scientific community.
Rice's Whale Turns One: Here's What We're Learning
This year marks the first year the Rice’s whale has been recognized as a new species. Learn more about our ongoing comprehensive research.
Meet Jamie Thomton, Kauaʻi Marine Mammal Response Coordinator
Jamie talks about his path to NOAA, recounts a mission to disentangle a humpback whale, and explains what Whale Week means to him.
Whales and Climate Change: Big Risks to the Ocean's Biggest Species
Climate change is impacting ocean ecosystems and resulting in many challenges for a variety of marine species, including whales.
Fishermen Share Photos And Video Of Endangered North Pacific Right Whales Feeding In Alaska
Collaborative effort confirms two rare North Pacific right whales were among a large group of feeding whales.
Encountering Giants: Inspiring Moments with Whales
Whales astonish us. Witnessing their behaviors has inspired careers in marine biology and energized action for ocean conservation. Many NOAA Fisheries scientists have had unique opportunities to spend time on and in the ocean, studying marine mammals like whales in their habitats. To celebrate Whale Week, we asked our staff to recall a favorite moment with these incredible and majestic creatures.
Podcast: Checking In On Endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales
Learn the latest on endangered Southern Resident killer whales with Dr. Megan Wallen, a marine mammal specialist in NOAA Fisheries West Coast Protected Resources Division.
Video: Wondrous Whales
Love whales like we do? Check out these wonderful and various species of whales in the United States.
Video: Lose the Rope, Give Whales Hope
Ropeless or on-demand technologies offer a potential solution for whales and other protected species that can become entangled in traditional lobster traps and crab pots. Find out what ropeless is all about from the Northeast Fisheries Science Center gear research team!
Go Slow—Whales Below
You can help save endangered North Atlantic right whales by slowing down to 10 knots or less in waters where they are likely present.
Signs of Hope for the World’s Most Endangered Great Whale Population
Discovery of a juvenile—named “Phoenix”—renews hope for survival of the critically endangered eastern North Pacific right whale population.
Whales: Did You Know?
5 Icebreakers About Bowhead Whales
Conversation starters about an Arctic whale.
11 Facts about Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises
Marine mammals in the cetacean family include whales, dolphins, and porpoises. These animals are often referred to as “sentinels” of ocean health, providing insight into marine ecosystem dynamics.
10 Wonderful Whale Facts
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.