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Embarking on Research to Study Pantropical Spotted Dolphins

Learning more about the pantropical spotted dolphin population structure in the northern Gulf of Mexico.
June 09, 2023 - Feature Story ,
A pantropical spotted dolphin jumps out of the deep blue ocean water with white spray all around. A pantropical spotted dolphin surfacing along side the NOAA Ship Gordon Gunter. Credit: NOAA Fisheries (Permit No.14450)

The Endangered Species Act: 50 Years of Conserving Species

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act by learning more about NOAA's work to conserve endangered species and their habitats.
50th Anniversary of the Endangered Species Act with smalltooth sawfish, green turtle, Atlantic salmon, staghorn, North Atlantic right whale, and Tubastraea floreana

Meet Héloïse Frouin-Mouy, Bio-acoustician

As part of the Faces of the Southeast Fisheries Science Center series, meet Dr. Héloïse Frouin-Mouy.
April 25, 2023 - Feature Story ,
Heloise is on the beach with her son, daughter, and husband. They are holding trash collectors, buckets, and have gloves on after doing a beach clean up. Héloïse and her family completed a beach cleanup. Photo provided by Héloïse Frouin-Mouy

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.

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.

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.