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National Report on Large Whale Entanglements Confirmed in the United States in 2022

January 22, 2024

This report provides a summary of large whale entanglements that occurred in U.S. waters in 2022.

There were 67 confirmed cases nationally in 2022. This is slightly below the 69 confirmed large whale entanglement cases in 2021. This number is also slightly below the average annual number of confirmed entanglements over the previous 15 years (annual average was 72). We will continue to analyze data from 2022 to understand whether this dip is temporary or part of a longer term downward trend.

Last updated by Office of Protected Resources on 01/24/2024