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Scientists Find Mystery Killer Whales off Cape Horn, Chile

Genetic samples the team collected will help determine whether this animal, with its distinctly different color pattern and body shape, is indeed new to science. See amazing video footage of the whales below.
March 07, 2019 - Feature Story ,
Killer whale pod. Type D.

Alaska Whale Alert Smartphone App

Whale Alert is a free smartphone application for fishermen, recreational boaters, industry partners and volunteer networks to share real-time whale sightings.
February 27, 2019 - Mobile App ,

Killer Whale Research in Alaska

Research on Orca whales in Alaska.
A killer whale surfaces for air.

Dall’s Porpoise Expands Territory in a Changing Prince William Sound

Territory increases as killer whale population dwindles.
February 26, 2018 - Feature Story ,
A Dall's Porpoise swims in Prince William Sound.

Spotlight on the Southern Resident Killer Whale—An Interview with NOAA Fisheries Biologist Lynne Barre

Watch this video to find out more about Southern Resident killer whales, the threats they face, and how we are studying them from a NOAA biologist.
February 13, 2018 - Video ,
Southern Resident killer whale

Not All Heroes Wear Capes

NOAA Fisheries Species in the Spotlight heroes wear waders, bow ties, hard hats, and lab coats—and one even totes around a killer whale skull. The one thing these heroes have in common is a desire to help prevent vulnerable species from becoming extinct.
November 30, 2017 - Feature Story ,

10 Wonderful Whale Facts

How much do you know about different species of whales? As we celebrate Whale Week, take a look at some interesting tidbits and see if you learn something new about these majestic creatures.
February 13, 2017 - Feature Story ,
Humpback whale

Satellite Tagging Research on Killer Whales in Alaska

As part of a collaborative effort between the Marine Mammal Laboratory, the Northwest Fisheries Science Center, Cascadia Research Collective, and the University of Alaska, we have been participating in a satellite tagging project aimed at the West Coast
Killer whales in Alaska.

Species in the Spotlight: Priority Actions 2016-2020, Southern Resident Killer Whale

In 2015, NOAA Fisheries announced a new program to focus and redouble our efforts to protect eight species that are currently among the most at risk of extinction in the near future. This 5-year action plan focuses on priority actions for the Southern
January 01, 2016 - Strategic Plans ,

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Reveals Killer Whales in Striking Detail

Unmanned aerial vehicle allows scientists to study killer whale health and reproduction while also offering a glimpse into the family life of these social animals.
October 21, 2015 - On the Line ,