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Seal and Sea Lion Week

Join us for a week-long celebration of seals and other pinnipeds and get the scoop on NOAA's seal conservation efforts.
An animation showing several species of seals in their native habitats with the words "Seal & Sea Lion Week" across the top. Seal & Sea Lion Week is March 20-24, 2023.

50 Years of Protecting Marine Mammals

A look at the Marine Mammal Protection Act's many advancements and accomplishments in the last 50 years.
February 02, 2023 - Podcast ,
Pair of bottlenose dolphins Pair of bottlenose dolphins. Credit: NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center/Lisa Morse.

Seal Week 2022: Celebrating Pinniped Science and Conservation

During Seal Week August 29–September 2, NOAA Fisheries highlights seals and sea lions through science, conservation, and management.
August 29, 2022 - Feature Story ,
Harbor seal in Maine rests on the beach Harbor seal in Maine rests on the beach. Photo credit: Marine Mammals of Maine.

14 Seal Secrets

Learn more about seals, marine mammals that are part of the pinniped family, which means "fin-footed" in Latin.
3008x2000-spottedseal-AFSC-BStewart_0045- Retouched.jpg Spotted seal on ice. Credit: NOAA Fisheries

Rare Visitors: Harp Seals in New England

Harps seals are regular, if infrequent, visitors to New England shores. Remember to give our visitors their space, and allow them to rest undisturbed on beaches.
March 11, 2020 - Feature Story ,
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