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11 Cool Facts About Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises

Did you know these marine mammals are part of the cetacean family? Check out these facts to learn more.
finback image for 2020 whale week Finback whales. Credit: NOAA Fisheries

Protecting Ocean Giants: Whale Week 2021

Join us as we celebrate whales and NOAA's work to conserve and protect these majestic ocean giants.
Blue whale Blue whale. Credit: Christian Miller

Genetic Study Makes It Possible To Accurately Estimate Age Of Endangered Whale While It Is Alive

Results raise questions about whether Cook Inlet beluga whales are reproducing much later than initially thought.
February 04, 2021 - Feature Story ,
Aerial photo of two Cook Inlet Beluga Whales swimming at the surface.

Using Artificial Intelligence To Identify Endangered Beluga Whales

Scientists partnered with tech industry experts to develop the first machine learning application for acoustic monitoring of Alaskan beluga whales.
March 24, 2020 - Feature Story ,

First Long Term Acoustic Study Tunes Into Cook Inlet Beluga Whale Foraging Ecology

Year-round monitoring provides new insight on an endangered whale population to strengthen management strategies for its recovery.
February 18, 2020 - Feature Story ,
Whale calf head poking out of water with adult whale beside it

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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NOAA Releases New Abundance Estimate for Endangered Cook Inlet Beluga Whales

Population estimated to be smaller and declining more quickly than previously thought.
January 28, 2020 - Feature Story ,
Baby whale poking its head out of the water

Potential Impacts of Noise on Endangered Beluga Whales in Cook Inlet

Five-year study produces most complete set of sound recordings to date for Cook Inlet.
June 03, 2019 - Feature Story ,
Map of Cook Inlet

Alaska Citizen Recovers Valuable Scientific Instruments

Tyler Brown landed his airplane to rescue lost instruments containing irreplaceable data on endangered Cook Inlet beluga whales.
March 07, 2019 - Feature Story ,
Plane on snowy landscape