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Inbreeding: A Conservation Challenge for Iconic Killer Whales

New genome sequencing reveals the reason behind Southern Resident killer whales' failure to thrive.
March 30, 2023 - Podcast ,
A black and white Southern Resident killer whale leaping out of the water. The fin of another whale is visible and a boat and mountains are in the background.

Inbreeding Contributes to Decline of Endangered Killer Whales

New genome sequencing shows Southern Residents are highly inbred.
March 20, 2023 - Feature Story ,
An adult orca is swimming underwater, and a calf is next to its dorsal fin. The calf is surfacing from the water.

SeaWorld San Antonio Celebrates Tyonek’s 5-Year Anniversary at the Park

The success story behind the rehabilitation of the abandoned baby beluga rescued in 2017 involved several agencies and a 4,000-mile journey.
March 08, 2023 - Feature Story ,
SeaWorld staffer tending to Tyonek. SeaWorld staffer tending to Tyonek. NOAA Fisheries ESA/MMPA Permit No. 18786-02. Credit: SeaWorld San Antonio.

Frequent Questions—Necropsies (Animal Autopsies) of Marine Mammals

Frequently asked questions about the process of investigating marine mammal strandings involving dead animals.
February 24, 2023 - Feature Story ,
Humpback whale necropsy on February 8, 2023 Humpback whale necropsy on February 8, 2023. Credit: Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center (NOAA Permit #24359).

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.

Coordinated Response Protected Southern Residents From Sunken Ship Leaking Oil

NOAA Fisheries and partners diverted endangered whales from potential harm and learned lessons along the way. Southern Resident Connections - Post 27
January 27, 2023 - Feature Story ,
arial view of oil sheen on water next to island

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.

Information About Offshore Wind and Whales

Get answers to frequently asked questions about interactions between offshore wind energy projects and whales on the East Coast.
January 18, 2023 - Feature Story ,
Wind generators off Block Island.

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 Release Annual Status Reports for Three Alaska Marine Ecosystems

Ecosystem conditions in the Eastern Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska are adjusting to a new normal in the aftermath of heatwave conditions, while the Aleutian Islands continue to feel the heat.
December 20, 2022 - Feature Story ,
Snow covered mountains reflect off of placid water containing rocky islands, pine trees, and grassy tussocks Snow capped mountains reflect off the waters of the Prince William Sound in the Gulf of Alaska. Credit: NOAA Fisheries.