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All Boaters Should Reduce Their Speed to Protect North Atlantic Right Whales

Collisions between boats as small as 30 feet in length can be lethal to large whales, especially calves, and dangerous for boat passengers. Reduce your speed to keep everyone safe.
March 03, 2022 - Feature Story ,
Dead right whale calf (#3560) found floating off New Jersey on June 25, 2020, following vessel collisions Dead right whale calf (#3560) found floating off New Jersey on June 25, 2020, following vessel collisions. Credit: Center for Coastal Studies and Marine Mammal Stranding Center (MMPA Permit #18786-04).

Meet Lynne Barre, Seattle Branch Chief for the Protected Resources Division and the Recovery Coordinator for Endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales

Learn more about Lynne Barre's work as the Seattle Branch Chief for the Protected Resources Division and the Recovery Coordinator for endangered Southern Resident killer whales.
March 03, 2022 - Feature Story ,
Lynne Barre Lynne Barre on the water at sunset. Photo courtesy of Lynne Barre.

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.
February 18, 2022 - Feature Story ,
A western gray whale feeding in the Okhotsk Sea off northeastern Sakhalin Island, Russia A western gray whale feeding in the Okhotsk Sea off northeastern Sakhalin Island, Russia in the proximity of offshore oil and gas platforms. Credit: NOAA Fisheries

Flame: Juneau, Alaska’s Wildlife Superstar

Whale Week highlights a local favorite among whale watchers and the scientific community.
February 18, 2022 - Feature Story ,
Flame, SEAK #1538, taken near Juneau, Alaska in 2007. NOAA Permit 14245) Flame, SEAK #1538, taken near Juneau, Alaska in 2007. NOAA Permit 14245)

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.
February 18, 2022 - Feature Story ,
Rice's whale surfacing. A Rice’s whale surfaces in the Gulf of Mexico. Credit: NOAA Fisheries (NMFS ESA/MMPA Permit No. 14450).

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. 
February 16, 2022 - Feature Story ,
Picture of Jamie Thomton on a beach in Jamie Thomton in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Jamie Thomton in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Credit: NOAA Fisheries.

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.
February 14, 2022 - Podcast ,
 Southern Resident killer whales encountered during NOAA's PODs (Pacific Orcinus Distribution Survey) in October 2021 Southern Resident killer whales encountered during NOAA's PODs (Pacific Orcinus Distribution Survey) in October 2021 near the west end of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Credit: NOAA Fisheries