Climate Change & Marine Animals: A Conservation Challenge
Climate-driven changes such as higher ocean temperatures and extreme weather events are affecting the health of marine animals—and their ability to survive. Learn how our scientists are using the best available science to conserve these species
Using Tags to Understand North Atlantic Right Whales
Fisheries and our partners put tags on North Atlantic right whales to learn about an individual’s movement and behavior. This video captured by a tag gives a little insight into what it is like being a North Atlantic right whale.
How NOAA Prepares for Large Whale Entanglements in Hawaiʻi
Every year, NOAA Fisheries and partners go through rigorous and comprehensive large whale disentanglement training in Hawaiʻi. This ensures they're familiar with the gear, processes, and animals, and have the muscle memory to help whales in need.
Drone Footage Shows Trained Responders Freeing Entangled Whale
Fishing rope wrapped around the rear part of the whale in front of the tail, or fluke. The rest of the gear trailed about 50 feet behind the whale with several masses of entangled lines just behind the tail.
Response Team Removes Fishing Lines from Entangled Humpback Whale
Whale watching boats helped locate and track the entangled whale so our expert teams could respond. This is the third entangled humpback whale detected off Southern California in about 2 weeks.
Stranding Network Frees Entangled Humpback Whale near Dana Point, in Southern California
A team from NOAA Fisheries and the Pacific Marine Mammal Center removed fishing line entangling a humpback whale near Dana Point, in Southern California, on Sunday, October 9, 2022.
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.
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