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New Forecast Tool Helps Ships Avoid Blue Whale Hotspots

Scientists have long used satellite tags to track blue whales along the West Coast, learning how the largest animals on the planet find enough small krill to feed on to support their enormous size.
November 29, 2016 - News ,
720x411-News-Whale-SWFSC.png A blue whale surfaces near shipping traffic off Southern California. Credit: John Calambokidis, Cascadia Research Collective.

Whale Entanglement Response Training – On the Cutting Edge

NOAA joined with local stranding and entanglement response network volunteers along the West Coast to provide training in 2016.
October 21, 2016 - Feature Story ,

Toxic Killer Whales

The ocean’s top predators are exposed to dangerous chemical mixtures in their food and environment
October 20, 2016 - Feature Story ,
killer whale in the waters and large ship docked in the background

Crude Oil Causes Heart and Skull Deformities in Haddock

Even brief exposures of the eggs of Atlantic haddock to low concentrations of dispersed crude oil can cause severe and usually deadly deformities in developing fish, an international research team has found.
August 10, 2016 - Feature Story ,
Exposure of Atlantic haddock embryos to crude oil caused four distinct deformities of the skull and face. Photo: NOAA Fisheries

Kicking off the Second Largest Dam Removal in California

In August 2016, NOAA and partners broke ground on the second-largest dam removal in California. The Benbow Dam, on the South Fork of the Eel River, is a safety hazard. It also limited salmon and steelhead from reaching their upstream habitat.
August 01, 2016 - Feature Story ,

NOAA Scientists Search for Endangered White Abalone

A remotely operated vehicle gives scientists an up-close look at a severely depleted seafloor species.
August 01, 2016 - Feature Story ,

International Search Reveals Genetic Evidence for New Species of Beaked Whale

An international team of scientists who searched out specimens from museums and remote Arctic islands has identified genetic evidence of a rare new species of beaked whale ranging from northern Japan across the Pacific Ocean to Alaska’s Aleutian Islands.
July 22, 2016 - News ,

‘The Blob’ Overshadows El Niño

Research identifies earlier ocean warming as the dominant effect off the West Coast.
July 18, 2016 - News ,

Oregon Beavers Engineer Better Fish Habitat, More Fish

An ecological experiment that employed beavers to restore streams in Central Oregon found that the streams produced nearly twice as many juvenile steelhead within a few years after the beavers went to work.
July 14, 2016 - Feature Story ,
Riparian vegetation flourishes along Bridge Creek after increased numbers of beaver dams slowed the creek down and allowed vegetation to reestablish itself. (Photo credit: Nick Bouwes)