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Marine Mammals of the U.S. North Pacific & Arctic

December 10, 2018

Identification guide for marine mammals in Alaska and the Arctic

You can help protect marine animals!

  • Admire from a distance
  • Report a crime
  • Be an ocean steward
  • Report strandings, entanglements, and ship strikes
  • Adhere to local guidelines or regulations for boating, fishing,
  • and whale watching.
  • Keep your distance! Remain at least 100 yards from marine
  • mammals in the water and on land.
  • Support companies that commit to using best practices and
  • protecting the oceans.
  • Marine mammals are wild animals - don’t feed or touch them.
  • National Wildlife Viewing Guidelines
  • Whale SENSE program

Report a Crime

  • It is illegal to harm, harass, or capture a marine mammal, to collect marine mammal parts, or to attempt to do any of these things - with limited exceptions.
  • Report suspected violations to the NOAA Enforcement Hotline at (800) 853-1964

Report strandings, entanglements, and ship strikes

  • Keep your distance and never attempt to touch or interact with animals on the beach.
  • Report sick or injured animals by calling a stranding hotline so  trained staff can respond to the situation:
    • NOAA Fisheries (877) 925-7773
    • Alaska SeaLife Center (888) 774-7325 (SEAL)
    • U.S. Fish and Wildlife (800) 362-5148

Be an ocean steward

  • Recycle, reuse, dispose of garbage properly, and don’t release balloons into the air. This will help prevent marine debris and keep the oceans clean and healthy.
  • Cut all packing bands and netting that could entangle marine life.
  • Report derelict fishing gear.
  • Tell your families and friends what they can do to help protect marine mammals!

Last updated by Alaska Regional Office on 03/29/2022

Alaska Marine Mammal Viewing Guidelines and Regulations Alaska Marine Mammal Stranding