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Sharks, Rays, and Climate Change: Impacts on Habitat, Prey Distribution, and Health

Warming ocean temperatures and more intense storms caused by climate change are impacting prey availability and habitat quality for migratory sharks and rays, keystone species in the ocean.
July 12, 2023 - Feature Story ,
Swimming oceanic whitetip shark The oceanic whitetip shark’s scientific name—Carcharhinus longimanus—comes from its long, rounded pectoral fin (Longimanus translates to “long hands”). Credit: Andy Mann

Protecting Species While Planning for Offshore Wind Development in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico

New study proposes a scoring method for evaluating risk to protected species with offshore wind development projects.
July 03, 2023 - Feature Story ,
Surfacing Rice's whale. Rice's Whale. Credit: NOAA Fisheries

Threatened and Endangered Species of the Southeastern United States

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act by getting to know some of the threatened and endangered species found in the waters of the southeastern United States.
June 09, 2023 - Feature Story ,
A Rice’s whale swimming near the surface. A Rice's whale swimming near the surface. Photo: NOAA Fisheries (ESA/MMPA Permit No. 779-1633).

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

New Study Reveals More About Where Giant Manta Rays Go and Why

Knowing where mantas are helps managers protect them from threats.
April 25, 2022 - Feature Story ,
manta ray flower garden banks

Searching for the Giant Manta Ray

Researchers will follow a tagged manta ray to learn more about the threatened species.
August 19, 2019 - Feature Story ,

Tracking the Manta Ray Named Leo

Scientists use a satellite tag to track Leo's movements.
August 05, 2019 - Feature Story ,
Leo tagged with Spot Tag.jpg