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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.

Scientists Analyze Dolphin Breaths to Better Understand Risks from Surface Oil

When oil spills occur, time is of the essence for responding to marine mammals. A Deepwater Horizon restoration project is gathering information to plan for better response activities during, and restoration after, future disasters.
December 21, 2022 - Feature Story ,
A dolphin interacts with a woman at the edge of its large aquarium pool habitat A trainer works with a dolphin during a breathing session at the National Aquarium. Credit: Henley Moore, National Aquarium.

“Izzy” the Dolphin: Making Her Story Matter 

Persistent human interactions means a life away from her natural home.
December 06, 2022 - Feature Story ,
Izzy in her new home at Clearwater Marine Aquarium "Izzy" the dolphin in her new home at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Bottlenose Dolphins Along the East Coast Proposed to be a Different Species

Scientists propose that the coastal form of common bottlenose dolphins found along the U.S. East Coast is a different species, distinct from the offshore form of common bottlenose dolphins.
May 13, 2022 - Feature Story ,
Breaching dolphins along coastal Georgia. Breaching dolphins, proposed to soon be called Tamanend's bottlenose dolphins, along coastal Georgia. Credit: NOAA Fisheries (Permit # 779-1633).

Texas Dolphin Harassed to Death

NOAA offers reward for information about second intentional harm case in as many weeks.
April 26, 2022 - Feature Story ,
Texas dolphin death Photo credit: Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network

Top 21 Stories, Photos, and Videos of 2021

Check out our most popular features of 2021.
December 15, 2021 - Feature Story ,
A humpback whale tail fluke is visible above the water with mountains in the background. Humpback whale in Alaska. Credit: NOAA Fisheries (Permit #14245).

Shrewsbury River Dolphins Signal Cleaner Rivers, More Fish

Dolphins are now frequent visitors to the Shrewsbury and Navesink Rivers in New Jersey, indicating a healthier environment.
January 15, 2021 - Feature Story ,
close up of two dolphin dorsal fins in gray river Dolphins are important sentinels of the health of the marine environment. Credit: Marine Mammal Stranding Center

NOAA and Partners Promote Fisheries Conservation in Florida

New sign promoting conservation posted at Pass-A-Grille fishing pier
January 04, 2021 - Feature Story ,
Pass-A-Grille pier fishing sign in Florida

Reward Increases to More than $50,000, Cases of Florida Dolphins Shot and Stabbed

Federal investigators receive tips, asking for more help from the public.
March 02, 2020 - Feature Story ,
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NOAA Enforcement Seeks Tips About a Live Dolphin Impaled in Head

Reward offered for more information about the case
July 11, 2019 - Feature Story ,
Impaled Dolphin_2019_Photo credit FWC.jpg