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Bottlenose Dolphins Along the East Coast Proposed to be a Different Species

Scientists propose that the coastal form of common bottlenose dolphins found along the U.S. East Coast is a different species, distinct from the offshore form of common bottlenose dolphins.
May 13, 2022 - Feature Story ,
Breaching dolphins along coastal Georgia. Breaching dolphins, proposed to soon be called Tamanend's bottlenose dolphins, along coastal Georgia. Credit: NOAA Fisheries (Permit # 779-1633).

Endangered Vaquita Porpoise Not Doomed to Extinction by Inbreeding Depression

Study finds vaquitas are unlikely to be heavily impacted by inbreeding depression that can often undermine the survival of small populations, and have a high probability to recover if deaths in gillnets are immediately halted.
May 05, 2022 - Feature Story ,
Photograph of a mother vaquita and her calf surfacing in the waters off San Felipe, Mexico. As recently as Fall 2021 vaquitas were seen with calves. Credit: Paula Olson, 2008. A mother and calf vaquita surface in the waters off San Felipe, Mexico. As recently as Fall 2021 vaquitas were seen with calves. Credit: Paula Olson, 2008

Texas Dolphin Harassed to Death

NOAA offers reward for information about second intentional harm case in as many weeks.
April 26, 2022 - Feature Story ,
Texas dolphin death Photo credit: Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network

NOAA Seeks Information About a Live Dolphin Impaled in the Head on Fort Myers Beach

Law enforcement needs tips to solve the case.
April 13, 2022 - Feature Story ,
Impaled dolphin Fort Myers

2018 Report of Marine Mammal Strandings in the United States

These national and regional marine mammal stranding overviews detail marine mammal stranding rates, trends, and activities in the United States in a given year. In 2018, there were 7,320 confirmed marine mammal strandings in the United States.
March 31, 2022 - Feature Story ,
Photo of responders collecting biological samples from dead common bottlenose dolphin Responders collect biological samples from a dead common bottlenose dolphin that stranded in Florida. Photo: Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute.

Status Review Finds Endangered Killer Whales Still Face High Risk of Extinction

NOAA Fisheries has concluded that whales continue to face a high risk of extinction and should remain listed as endangered. Southern Resident Connections - Post 23
January 19, 2022 - Feature Story ,
Killer whale eatig salmon Southern Resident killer whale preys on salmon in the Salish Sea near Seattle. Credit: Su Kim/NOAA Fisheries

Must-Read Pacific Islands Stories of 2021

Highlighting successful stories this past year that showcase our ongoing commitment to the science and stewardship of the marine environment in the Pacific Islands.
January 13, 2022 - Feature Story ,
Adult monk seal and newborn pup on a public beach. Hawaiian monk seal RK96 and her pup rest in Waikīkī. Credit: Hawaii Marine Animal Response.

Whale and Dolphin Conservation Joins Marine Mammal Stranding Network

NOAA joins forces with the Whale and Dolphin Conservation team to expand the Greater Atlantic Regional Marine Mammal Stranding Network. The Network assesses health, provides rehabilitation, and investigates the cause of death of marine mammals.
November 16, 2021 - Feature Story ,
Harbor seal pup A harbor seal pup is assessed for body condition and signs of injury. Credit: WDC