Size Matters: Examining the Effects of Body Size on Birth Rates in North Atlantic Right Whales
Recent research reveals that smaller female North Atlantic right whales produce fewer calves over their reproductive years. Their body size has been declining in recent decades due to increased entanglements in fishing gear and other factors.
North Atlantic Right Whale Skim Feeding
Right whales skim feed by opening their mouths while swimming at the water's surface. They use their baleen to filter out zooplankton. It’s illegal for vessels and humans to approach within 500 yards of this endangered species in U.S. waters.
New Sighting of Right Whales Feeding in Bering Sea in Winter
In early February, commercial fishermen spotted at least two endangered North Pacific right whales among a large group of around 20 whales. This may be the first visual evidence of North Pacific right whales feeding in the Bering Sea in winter.
Right Whale #3560 "Snow Cone" and Calf -- Georgia DNR
Clearwater Marine Aquarium and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission aerial survey researchers have observed the calf playing with the rope—swimming in, through, and around it.
Rare Sighting of North Pacific Right Whales in Alaska
With only 30 animals left in the eastern stock of North Pacific right whales, sightings are incredibly rare and special. In August 2021, a team of NOAA biologists spotted 4 animals near Kodiak Island. This video shows two sighted in Barnabas Trough.
Listening for Whales: North Pacific Right Whale Research in the Gulf of Alaska
Jessica Crance describes observing, and listening to, North Pacific right whales in the Gulf of Alaska.
Boat Safely Around Whales
Quick tips for New England and Mid-Atlantic recreational boaters and fishermen on how to safely share the water with federally protected whales.
Discovering a New Species of Whale
NOAA Fisheries announces a new species of baleen whale in the Gulf of Mexico. A recently published article in Marine Mammal Science indicates that the whale, previously known as the Bryde's (pronounced “broodus”) whale is actually a new whale.
Slow Zones for Right Whales
North Atlantic right whales are one of the most endangered large whale species. Collisions with vessels are one of the major threats these animals face. NOAA has announced Right Whale Slow Zones to help reduce the risk of vessel strikes.
Saving a Humpback Whale: A Disentanglement Tale
Monday, July 27th began a 4-day effort by trained responders to disentangle a humpback whale from submerged fishing gear near New York City. Multiple partners brought expertise and large boats to haul the heavy gear up and free the whale.
Searching for Type D: A New Species of Killer Whale?
In January, 2019, an experienced group of killer whale biologists launched an expedition from the southern tip of Chile into some of the roughest waters in the world, searching for what could be a new species of killer whale.
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