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A density surface model describing the habitat of the Critically Endangered Rice’s whale Balaenoptera ricei in the Gulf of Mexico

This research characterizes habitat for endangered Rice’s whales based on oceanographic parameters and predicts where else they may occur.
May 08, 2024 - Peer-Reviewed Research ,

Rice's Whale Occurrence in the Western Gulf of Mexico from Passive Acoustic Recordings

This research summarizes acoustic detections of Rice’s whales in the western Gulf of Mexico, including new information demonstrating their regular occurrence in waters offshore of Texas and in the waters offshore of Mexico.
February 13, 2024 - Peer-Reviewed Research ,

Critically Endangered Rice’s Whales (Balaenoptera ricei) Selectively Feed on High-quality Prey in the Gulf of Mexico

Results from this study indicate that Rice’s whales are selective predators consuming schooling prey with the highest energy content.
December 11, 2023 - Peer-Reviewed Research ,

A Successful Final Leg on the Gulf of Mexico Marine Mammal and Seabird Vessel Survey

Collecting Information to Restore Marine Mammals and Seabirds in the Gulf of Mexico

Scientists ended the final leg of this 2-month long offshore research trip with quite a few marine mammal sightings and acoustics highlights.
October 17, 2023 - Survey ,
The back and dorsal fin of a short-finned pilot whale are seen above the surface of the water. A short-finned pilot whale from a large group seen on the season’s final leg. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Jonny Reid

A Rare Sighting of Endangered Rice’s Whales

Collecting Information to Restore Marine Mammals and Seabirds in the Gulf of Mexico

During a vessel survey in the Gulf of Mexico, scientists sighted Rice’s whales! Rice’s whales are endangered, and each sighting of this species is important to building our scientific understanding of the population.
July 28, 2023 - Survey ,
A rice's whale at the surface of the ocean With an estimated population of fewer than 100 individuals, scientists were thrilled to sight Rice's whales. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/ Felipe Triana (Permit #21938)

Kinematics and Energetics of Foraging Behavior in Rice’s Whales of the Gulf of Mexico

The paper discusses feeding behavior of two Rice's whales with suction cup tags attached.
June 30, 2023 - Peer-Reviewed Research ,

Rice’s Whales in the Northwestern Gulf of Mexico: Call Variation and Occurrence Beyond the Known Core Habitat

We used long-term passive acoustic recordings from the northwestern Gulf of Mexico shelf break to explore the extent of Rice’s whale distribution in the northern Gulf of Mexico and to evaluate whether they exhibit seasonal movements throughout this range.
January 06, 2023 - Peer-Reviewed Research ,

Acoustic Localization, Validation, and Characterization of Rice's Whale Calls

This study uses sonobuoys and passive acoustic tagging to validate the source of potential call types and to characterize Rice's whale calls.
October 03, 2022 - Peer-Reviewed Research ,

Rice's Whale Core Distribution Area Map & GIS Data

Map and GIS data representing the Rice's whale core distribution area as of June 2019.
September 01, 2021 - Map ,
This is a map showing the Rice's whale core distribution area in the Gulf of Mexico.

A New Species of Baleen Whale (Balaenoptera) from the Gulf of Mexico, with a Review of its Geographic Distribution.

New research provides a body of evidence supporting the existence of an undescribed species of baleen whale (Balaenoptera) from the Gulf of Mexico.
January 25, 2021 - Peer-Reviewed Research ,
NOAA Fisheries is Pleased to Announce a New Scientific Research Paper that Describes a New Species of Baleen Whale in the Gulf of Mexico