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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

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.

5 Icebreakers About Bowhead Whales

Conversation starters about an Arctic whale.

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.

Top 21 Stories, Photos, and Videos of 2021

Check out our most popular features of 2021.
December 15, 2021 - Feature Story ,
A humpback whale tail fluke is visible above the water with mountains in the background. Humpback whale in Alaska. Credit: NOAA Fisheries (Permit #14245).

Celebrate Whale Week with Us

A message from Donna Wieting, Director of NOAA Fisheries Office of Protected Resources. Celebrate whales and learn how our scientists and managers conserve and protect these ocean giants.
February 17, 2021 - Feature Story ,
A right whale breaches North Atlantic right whale. Credit: NOAA Fisheries

11 Cool Facts About Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises

Did you know these marine mammals are part of the cetacean family? Check out these facts to learn more.
2020-whale-week-finback-1920x1080-desktop-300.jpg Finback whales. Credit: NOAA Fisheries

Protecting Ocean Giants: Whale Week 2021

Join us as we celebrate whales and NOAA's work to conserve and protect these majestic ocean giants.
Blue whale Blue whale. Credit: Christian Miller

Marine Mammal Molecular Genetics Laboratory

Using molecular genetic tools and techniques to study marine mammals and gather information essential for their successful conservation and management in the Southeast Region.