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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 ,
1024x683-pair-of-bottlenose-dolphins.jpg Pair of bottlenose dolphins. Credit: NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center/Lisa Morse.

The Prescott Grant Program: Highlighting Regional Awardees

The Prescott Grant Program provides competitive grants for marine mammal network partners to fund stranding response, data collection, and facilities operations. Since 2001, the program has awarded more than $71.2 million.
January 20, 2023 - Feature Story ,
A harbor seal is released from a crate on a beach in New Hampshire. Several people watch from beyond the cordoned off area Release of a rehabilitated harbor seal rescued in Rye, New Hampshire by Prescott Grant recipient Seacoast Science Center. Credit: Seacoast Science Center.

2019 Report of Marine Mammal Strandings in the United States

These national and regional marine mammal stranding overviews detail marine mammal stranding rates, trends, and activities in the United States in a given year. In 2019, there were 7,719 confirmed marine mammal strandings in the United States.
Stranding Network members perform an animal autopsy on a stranded gray whale that lies within a sectioned off area of the beach. A team of scientists from The Marine Mammal Center and the California Academy of Sciences perform a necropsy on a stranded gray whale at San Francisco’s Ocean Beach. Photo: Katie D’Innocenzo/The Marine Mammal Center.

Scientists Analyze Dolphin Breaths to Better Understand Risks from Surface Oil

When oil spills occur, time is of the essence for responding to marine mammals. A Deepwater Horizon restoration project is gathering information to plan for better response activities during, and restoration after, future disasters.
December 21, 2022 - Feature Story ,
A dolphin interacts with a woman at the edge of its large aquarium pool habitat A trainer works with a dolphin during a breathing session at the National Aquarium. Credit: Henley Moore, National Aquarium.

Harbor Porpoises in Southeast Alaska Consist of at Least Two Populations

Scientists produced first abundance estimates for the newly identified populations and assessed potential impacts from gillnet fishing.
December 20, 2022 - Feature Story ,
Dorsal fins of two porpoises swimming in water Two harbor porpoises swimming in waters of Southeastern Alaska. Credit: NOAA Fisheries.

The Mystery of the Entangled Oregon Orca

Intensive search for killer whale carcass leads to an answer hidden in its DNA.
December 15, 2022 - Feature Story ,
Entangled Orca carcass floating belly up A fisherman first saw and photographed the orca carcass on June 26 about 30 miles from Newport, Oregon.

2022 Northeast Ship-Based Survey Review

Scientific parties, the officers and crew of NOAA ships, and charter vessels log more than 300 days at sea monitoring and sampling from ships on the U.S. Northeast shelf.
December 15, 2022 - Feature Story ,
Collage of 2022 survey photos, fish, scientist, sunrise, ships, and equipment.

2022 Recap: Your Favorite Marine Life Stories, Photos, Podcasts, and Videos

View our most popular stories, photos, podcasts, and videos of 2022.
December 14, 2022 - Feature Story ,
Large parrotfish. Large parrotfish. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Kevin Lino.

“Izzy” the Dolphin: Making Her Story Matter 

Persistent human interactions means a life away from her natural home.
December 06, 2022 - Feature Story ,
Izzy in her new home at Clearwater Marine Aquarium "Izzy" the dolphin in her new home at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium