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2019 Report of Marine Mammal Strandings in the United States

These national and regional marine mammal stranding overviews detail marine mammal stranding rates, trends, and activities in the United States in a given year. In 2019, there were 7,719 confirmed marine mammal strandings in the United States.
Stranding Network members perform an animal autopsy on a stranded gray whale that lies within a sectioned off area of the beach. A team of scientists from The Marine Mammal Center and the California Academy of Sciences perform a necropsy on a stranded gray whale at San Francisco’s Ocean Beach. Photo: Katie D’Innocenzo/The Marine Mammal Center.

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

Alaska Gray Whale UME Update: Twentymile River Whale Likely One of Twelve Dead Gray Whales So Far This Year in Alaska

Twelve dead gray whales were confirmed in Alaska in 2020. The Gray Whale Unusual Mortality Event, declared May 2019, continues along the west coast of North America, from Mexico through Alaska.
June 23, 2020 - Feature Story ,
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2019 West Coast Whale Entanglement Summary

Each year, NOAA Fisheries collects, verifies, documents, and responds to reports of large whale entanglements. The 2019 U.S. West Coast reports, and other relevant information and developments are included in this summary.
April 24, 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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Investigation of West Coast Gray Whale Strandings Continues as Whales Head South for the Winter

The Central California survey counts migrating whales for a new population assessment.
January 21, 2020 - Feature Story ,
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Washington Couple Sets Example with Whale Carcass "Experiment"

NOAA Fisheries seeks others to volunteer waterfront property for whale decomposition.
June 12, 2019 - Feature Story ,
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