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Researchers Probe Orca Poop for Microplastics: Part 2

Chemicals in plastics could hurt the Southern Residents. Southern Resident Connections - Post 5
May 20, 2020 - Feature Story ,
Hands lift a pile of microplastics out of a bucket Microplastics can be found in all major seas and oceans. Photo credit: NOAA Ocean Service.

Researchers Probe Orca Poop for Microplastics: Part 1

What are microplastics and why are researchers looking for them in whale feces? Southern Resident Connections - Post 4
May 18, 2020 - Feature Story ,
Researcher aboard a small vessel trailing orcas NOAA researchers collecting fecal samples. Photo taken under federal research permit.

Killer Whale Recovery Begins With Salmon Habitat, and That Begins With You

By Barry Thom, Regional Administrator, West Coast Region Southern Resident Connections - Post 3
May 11, 2020 - Leadership Message ,
Aerial view of Snohomish Estuary

Celebrating Our Work to Save Endangered Species

Join us in celebrating Endangered Species Day and learn more about our work to conserve and protect endangered species.

West Coast Salmon Fishing and Southern Residents: Part 2

Participating in setting salmon seasons—learn how to take part. Southern Resident Connections - Post 2
April 03, 2020 - Feature Story ,
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Social Distancing Affects Wildlife Too

As many venture outdoors, coastal wildlife, such as seals, are being impacted by the number of people visiting local beaches. In some cases, interactions between these animals and beachgoers is having devastating results.
April 01, 2020 - Feature Story ,
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Reward Increases to More than $50,000, Cases of Florida Dolphins Shot and Stabbed

Federal investigators receive tips, asking for more help from the public.
March 02, 2020 - Feature Story ,
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Studying Endangered Cook Inlet Beluga Whales In Alaska

Cook Inlet beluga whales are one of five beluga population stocks found in U.S. waters. They are the only beluga population listed under the Endangered Species Act.
February 11, 2020 - Feature Story ,
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Whale Week 2020: NOAA Saves Whales with Science

Join us for a celebration of all cetacean species and learn how our scientists and managers work to conserve and protect whales, dolphins, and porpoises.
February 10, 2020 - Feature Story ,
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Surveys Collect Data Year-Round On Marine Life Along U.S. East Coast

Aircraft, ships, and underwater technologies collect data about marine life in offshore waters throughout the year—even in the dead of winter.
January 23, 2020 - Feature Story ,
Tagging a leatherback turtle with a suction cup tag, while the turtle is swimming.