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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

Whale and Dolphin Conservation Expands Marine Mammal Stranding Network Territory

The Whale and Dolphin Conservation team expands the Greater Atlantic Regional Marine Mammal Stranding Network response territory. The Network assesses health, provides rehabilitation, and investigates the cause of death of marine mammals.
December 01, 2022 - Feature Story ,
WDC provides supportive care to a live-stranded common dolphin. Photo credit: Andrea Spence/IFAW WDC provides supportive care to a live-stranded common dolphin. Credit: Andrea Spence/IFAW

U.S. Proposes Strong Protections for Sea Turtles, Totoaba, and Vaquita at CITES Meeting

Representatives from more than 160 countries adopted a total of 46 proposals and reached 365 decisions—a record number—to help regulate international trade of vulnerable species.
December 01, 2022 - Feature Story ,
Sea turtle hatchling on beach.

New Voluntary Slowdown for Commercial Ships Aims to Quiet the Sound for Endangered Killer Whales

Reduced speed reduces underwater noise that interferes with killer whale foraging. Southern Resident Connections - Post 26
November 28, 2022 - Feature Story ,
Orca pod in Puget Sound with large ferry in the background Orca pod swims in the Puget Sound as a ferry transits in the background. Credit: Candice Emmons/NWFSC

Join NOAA Fisheries in Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Marine Mammal Protection Act

NOAA Fisheries Assistant Administrator Janet Coit reflects on 50 years of protecting marine mammals and looks to the future.
October 21, 2022 - Leadership Message ,
A humpback mother and calf swimming off the West Coast A humpback mother and calf swimming off the West Coast. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Ed Lyman. NOAA Fisheries Permit #14682.

Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) Joins Marine Mammal Stranding Network

NOAA is excited to welcome the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) to the Greater Atlantic Regional Marine Mammal Stranding Network!
September 13, 2022 - Feature Story ,
A view of the cliffs of Aquinnah and Gay Head Light, Martha's Vineyard A view of the cliffs of Aquinnah and Gay Head Light, Martha's Vineyard. Photo Credit: NOAA Fisheries