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Gulf of Maine Yields Brilliant and Iridescent Finds

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Always something to catch the eye, continuing the journey.
December 02, 2021 - Survey ,
Small dark fish with large eye, held on its side in one hand

What Makes a Bird a Seabird?

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To join the seabirds, a species needs more than a liking for the beach.
September 22, 2021 - Survey ,
In the foreground, there’s a dark bird with bright patches of color its shoulders perched on a light colored vent funnel. It is a sunny day and the ocean is in the background.

Revisiting the Scallop Survey

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It’s been about 6 years since I’ve been out on the scallop survey in late spring-early summer.
August 31, 2021 - Survey ,
Color image taken with the camera lens pointed at the neutral colored, sandy ocean bottom. At left, a light-colored translucent, many tentacled anemone, and at right, a long eel-like silvery fish with dark stripes running vertically down its side. A few shells and very small sea stars are also lying on the bottom.

Another Week, More Surprises at Sea

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During August 4–10, 2021 on Leg 2 of the 2021 AMAPPS abundance survey, we worked mainly in Canadian waters on the southern edge of Georges Bank, farther south to the Gulf Stream, and in international waters.
August 27, 2021 - Survey ,
Two images side by side. Left image shows 6 to 7 common dolphins diving together at the water’s surface. They are dark on the top with light colored bellies. Right image shows two dark-colored Atlantic spotted dolphins swimming on the surface. Common dolphins (A) and a mother and calf Atlantic spotted dolphins (B) photographed during Leg 2 of the AMAPPS abundance survey on the NOAA ship Henry B. Bigelow. Credit: NOAA Fisheries

AMAPPS Leg 2 Begins: An Exceptional Week for Seabirds and Marine Mammal Sightings

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We began the month-long Leg 2 of the 2021 AMAPPS abundance survey July 27. Lots of whale sounds captured, and rare seabirds seen.
August 23, 2021 - Survey ,
Two researchers on the deck of a research ship at sea wearing summer clothing, hard hats, and cloth masks to protect against COVID-19 transmission. They are easing an underwater sound recorder attached to a cable over the side and into the water. It is daylight and the weather is calm.

2021 Coastal Survey Catches Nearly 2,500 Atlantic Sharks

Every two to three years, scientists capture and tag sharks along the southeast Atlantic coast to collect a variety of data. This year’s survey captured nearly 2,500 from 11 different shark species.
July 13, 2021 - Feature Story ,
An approximately 3-foot-long small shark is laid belly down on the deck of a vessel by a scientist wearing thick rubber boots and gloves. The shark’s eye and top (dorsal) and side (pectoral) fins are clearly visible. The shark is light colored on its belly side and has a pattern of dark and light gray colors on its body that look like stripes. Small tiger shark captured for tagging and release 2021 Coastal Shark Survey. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Apex Predator Program.

An Abundance of Dolphins and a Rare Bird

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This week (June 22–29, 2021) we covered a variety of habitats—from nearshore off New Jersey to offshore international waters more than 200 miles off the U.S. coast.
July 09, 2021 - Survey ,
A small gray-colored dolphin with a lighter-colored belly in mid-leap pit of the water. Clymene dolphin photographed from the NOAA Ship Henry B. Bigelow on June 25, 2021. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Felipe Triana.

2021 Marine Protected Species Abundance Survey Underway

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Atlantic Marine Assessment Program for Protected Species 2021 Cruise
July 07, 2021 - Survey ,
Aerial view of two crew members wearing hard hats at the rail on the main desk of the research vessel. They stand ready to snag a piece of water sampling equipment as it is raised from the water by a winch, using gaffs designed for this purpose.