Sea turtles are key part of marine ecosystems worldwide, but they face many threats today. NOAA works to protect and conserve six sea turtle species found in U.S. waters. All are threatened or endangered.
A photo illustration compares the body lengths of North Atlantic right whales, including two stunted whales born in 2006 and 2011. The dotted lines show the expected length of right whales of the same age if they had been born in 1981 with no history of entanglements, or entanglements of their mothers. Scarring from an entanglement is visible near the tail in D, an 11-year-old right whale. The whales were photographed from crewed aircraft in earlier years and, later, by drone. Figure design by Madeline Wukusick. Photographs by John Durban, Holly Fearnbach, Michael Moore, Carolyn Miller, Wayne Perryman, and Morgan Lynn, under NMFS research permits #17355 and #21371.