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Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program Results

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Recent Increase in Seal Deaths in Maine Linked to Avian Flu

NOAA Fisheries working with partners to determine the causes of death, and assess impacts.
July 20, 2022 - Feature Story ,
MMoME team member assessing a dead seal. MMoME team member assessing a dead seal.

NOAA Fisheries Declares an Unusual Mortality Event for Seals Along the Coast of Maine

Since June 2022, elevated numbers of harbor seal and gray seal mortalities have occurred across the southern and central coast of Maine. This event has been declared an unusual mortality event (UME).
07/28/2022 - Media Advisory ,

NOAA Fisheries Confirms Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Linked to Recent Increase in Seal Deaths in Maine

Beginning in June 2022, Marine Mammals of Maine—a NOAA Fisheries authorized marine mammal stranding network partner—has responded to an elevated number of stranded seals.
07/08/2022 - Media Advisory ,

Frequent Questions—Maine Seal Stranding Event

Beginning in June 2022, Marine Mammals of Maine—a NOAA Fisheries authorized marine mammal stranding network partner—has responded to an elevated number of stranded harbor and gray seals. An Unusual Mortality Event was announced on July 20, 2022.

2018 Report of Marine Mammal Strandings in the United States

NOAA Fisheries' Office of Protected Resources, Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program has prepared an overview of marine mammal strandings and emergency response activities in the United States for calendar year 2018.
March 30, 2022 - Other Reports ,

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.

Entangled Humpback Whale Response, January 2022

A NOAA-led team works to free an entangled humpback whale first reported off Kauaʻi on January 16, 2022.
January 21, 2022 - Photo Gallery ,
NOAA scientist sight tracking with a Very High Frequency line attached to a entangled humpback whale.

Celebrating Alaskan Indigenous Members of the Marine Mammal Stranding Network

Tribes and local governments play an important role in collecting marine mammal data and responding to entangled and stranded marine animals throughout remote areas of Alaska.
November 19, 2021 - Feature Story ,
A Tribal member stands next to a stranded bowhead whale that was killed by killer whale predation. Blue sky, white waves, and a dark sand beach. Perry Ashagnuak (Utqiagvik) collecting an eye from a stranded bowhead whale that had been killed by killer whale predation. Photo credit: Raphaela Stimmelmayr