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Whale Week: Celebrating the Wonder of Whales

Celebrate Whale Week 2024 with us! Discover NOAA's work to study, recover, and conserve these magnificent marine mammals.
February 12, 2024 - Feature Story ,
Graphic for Whale Week featuring illustrations of long-finned pilot whale, sperm whale, beluga whale, and North Atlantic right whale

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

Public Benefits of Recovering Endangered Beluga Whale Outweigh Costs

A new economic study, based on a public survey, provides insights on the potential value to society of endangered species protection.
June 28, 2023 - Feature Story ,
Beluga with calf in water with green hills in background Cook Inlet beluga whales. Credit: Chris Garner, Joint Base Elmendorf–Richardson

Alaska’s Threatened and Endangered Species

In celebration of the Endangered Species Act’s 50th Anniversary, NOAA is featuring the marine mammal and sea turtle species found in Alaska that are protected under the ESA.
June 16, 2023 - Feature Story ,
Eastern North Pacific right whales are the most endangered whale population in the world — only an estimated 30 whales remain.  Eastern North Pacific right whales are the most endangered whale population in the world — only an estimated 30 whales remain.

New Abundance Estimate for Endangered Cook Inlet Beluga Whales

New survey estimate and recent trend data suggest the population may be stable and possibly increasing slightly.
June 15, 2023 - Feature Story ,
adult beluga whales with beluga calf

New Model Predicts Potential Effects of Prey Availability and Human Activities on Pregnant Cook Inlet Beluga Whales

Scientists hope the new tool will help identify data gaps and the combination of factors that may be impacting the endangered whale population’s recovery.
June 01, 2023 - Feature Story ,
Aerial view of beluga whale with calf in water Cook Inlet beluga mother and calf. Credit: NOAA Fisheries.

The Endangered Species Act: 50 Years of Conserving Species

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act by learning more about NOAA's work to conserve endangered species and their habitats.
50th Anniversary of the Endangered Species Act with smalltooth sawfish, green turtle, Atlantic salmon, staghorn, North Atlantic right whale, and Tubastraea floreana