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Endangered Vaquita Porpoise Not Doomed to Extinction by Inbreeding Depression

Study finds vaquitas are unlikely to be heavily impacted by inbreeding depression that can often undermine the survival of small populations, and have a high probability to recover if deaths in gillnets are immediately halted.
May 05, 2022 - Feature Story ,
Photograph of a mother vaquita and her calf surfacing in the waters off San Felipe, Mexico. As recently as Fall 2021 vaquitas were seen with calves. Credit: Paula Olson, 2008. A mother and calf vaquita surface in the waters off San Felipe, Mexico. As recently as Fall 2021 vaquitas were seen with calves. Credit: Paula Olson, 2008

Genetics Reveal Pacific Subspecies of Fin Whale

New findings highlight diversity of marine mammals.
October 22, 2019 - Feature Story ,

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 ,
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Celebrating Sea Turtle Week 2018

World Sea Turtle Day is June 16!
June 11, 2018 - Feature Story ,

Ice Age Confined Sperm Whales to Pacific Ocean 100,000 Years Ago, Genetics Show

According to new research, an ice age that ended over 100,000 years ago confined the world’s sperm whales to a single population in the Pacific Ocean, creating a genetic bottleneck.
May 15, 2018 - News ,

A Quarter Century of Counting: Southwest Fisheries Science Center Celebrates 25 Years of Research on Gray Whales

NOAA scientists celebrate 25 years of their research program on gray whale calf production.
February 09, 2018 - Feature Story ,

Rising Temperatures Turning Major Sea Turtle Population Female

New research method reveals shifting sex ratio of Great Barrier Reef colonies.
January 08, 2018 - News ,

International Search Reveals Genetic Evidence for New Species of Beaked Whale

An international team of scientists who searched out specimens from museums and remote Arctic islands has identified genetic evidence of a rare new species of beaked whale ranging from northern Japan across the Pacific Ocean to Alaska’s Aleutian Islands.
July 22, 2016 - News ,