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Climate Change and Marine Animals: A Conservation Challenge

Climate-driven changes such as higher ocean temperatures and extreme weather events are affecting the health of marine animals—and their ability to survive.
May 24, 2023 - Video ,
Two humpback whales swimming underwater. The water is very blue, and the surface is visible just above their heads. Humpback whales swimming underwater. Credit:

50 Years of Protecting Marine Mammals

A look at the Marine Mammal Protection Act's many advancements and accomplishments in the last 50 years.
February 02, 2023 - Podcast ,
Pair of bottlenose dolphins Pair of bottlenose dolphins. Credit: NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center/Lisa Morse.

What the 50th Anniversary of the Marine Mammal Protection Act Means to Us

On the 50th anniversary of the Marine Mammal Protection Act, NOAA Fisheries staff reflect on 50 years of marine mammal conservation accomplishments and look forward.
October 04, 2022 - Photo Gallery ,
Image of a narwhal with quote from Allison Hernandez

Mariana Archipelago Cetacean Survey 2021

Photos from the Mariana Archipelago Cetacean Survey in 2021.
April 29, 2021 - Photo Gallery ,
Striped dolphins seen offshore of the Mariana Archipelago in summer 2018.

Searching for Type D: A New Species of Killer Whale?

In January, 2019, an experienced group of killer whale biologists launched an expedition from the southern tip of Chile into some of the roughest waters in the world, searching for what could be a new species of killer whale.
February 10, 2020 - Video ,
Killer whale pod at sea

Protecting Marine Species in the Pacific Islands

NOAA OLE in Hawaiʻi has had numerous successes conserving marine wildlife.
September 21, 2018 - Story Map ,

Share the Shore with Sea Turtles and other Marine Life in Hawaii

Learn safe viewing guidelines for sea turtles, dolphins, and seals in the Pacific Islands.
June 11, 2018 - Video ,
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Can the Vaquita Be Saved from Extinction?

Fewer than 100 vaquita remain, making this species of porpoise the most endangered marine mammal in the world.
March 10, 2016 - Podcast ,

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Reveals Killer Whales in Striking Detail

Unmanned aerial vehicle allows scientists to study killer whale health and reproduction while also offering a glimpse into the family life of these social animals.
October 21, 2015 - Podcast ,

Blinded by the Noise—Whales and Dolphins in a Noisy Ocean

Many marine mammals use hearing to find their way through the world. But parts of the ocean are filling up with man-made noise, and that has the potential to leave them partially blinded. The CETSOUND project might help.
September 03, 2013 - Podcast ,