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NOAA Fisheries Releases Report on Killer Whale Entanglements in Alaska from 1991–2022

New technical memorandum provides 31 years of killer whale entanglement history in Alaska.
December 14, 2023 - Feature Story ,
Killer whales swim in the waters off Alaska Killer whales swim in the waters off Alaska. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/John Moran

Vocal Repertoire of Cook Inlet Beluga Whales Documented for the First Time

Vital communications among the critically endangered population may be masked by ship noise in their core critical habitat, new research finds.
December 11, 2023 - Feature Story ,
Photograph of four white belugas near a beach Cook Inlet beluga whales. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Arial Brewer

Cause of Death Determined for 11 Killer Whales Incidentally Caught in Fishing Gear in Alaska in 2023

Majority of whales belong to Eastern North Pacific Alaska Resident stock.
December 01, 2023 - Feature Story ,
A pod of killer whales swim through the water off the coast of Alaska A pod of killer whales. Credit: NOAA Fisheries.

Study Finds Offshore Wind Areas a Biologically Important Habitat for Whales and Dolphins

Scientists use passive acoustic monitoring to create a baseline soundscape off the southern New England coast to help evaluate the potential impacts of offshore wind development on cetacean species.
November 17, 2023 - Feature Story ,
Two North Atlantic right whales from above, exhaling.

Party Balloon Leads to Whale Death

A mylar balloon caused the death of a Gervais’ beaked whale calf that stranded off the coast of North Carolina.
November 13, 2023 - Feature Story ,
A small dead whale lays on its side on the water's edge at a beach. Gervais’ beaked whale on the beach at Emerald Isle in North Carolina. Credit: NOAA Fisheries