North Atlantic Right Whale "Medusa" and Calf
A survey team from Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research Institute sighted the first mother-calf pair of the North Atlantic right whale calving season on December 7, 2022 off St. Catherine's Sound, Georgia.
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.
North Atlantic Right Whale Visualization
Watch 1-year-old North Atlantic right whale “Bishop” (red dot) migrate north through busy vessel traffic (blue dots) in 2015. Vessel strikes remain a serious threat to this declining, endangered population.
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.
B-Roll: North Pacific Right Whales Near Kodiak Island
Select footage from two sightings of North Pacific right whales on August 21 and 24, 2021. Research conducted onboard the NOAA Ship Oscar Dyson under NMFS ESA/MMPA Permit #20465.
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.
Weak Insert: 4-Tuck Splice
This video shows you how to install a 4-tuck splice, one of the approved weak inserts under the 2021 Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan modifications.
Weak Insert: Butt Splice
This video shows you how to install a butt splice, one of the approved weak inserts under the 2021 Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan modifications.
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