Internet Explorer does not support all the features on this website. For the best experience, please use a modern browser.
Federal Government Shutdown
Shutdown Notice: Parts of the U.S. Government are closed. This site will not be updated; however NOAA websites and social media channels necessary to protect lives and property will be maintained. See www.weather.gov for critical weather information. To learn more, see www.commerce.gov.
Whales are among the largest and oldest animals on Earth and belong to a group of marine mammals called cetaceans. Together with our partners, we work to ensure the conservation of whales which are all protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, and protect and recover those that are listed under the Endangered Species Act.