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WDC2023-007 NMLC Release (16)

Seal Rescued in Marshfield Released Back Into The Wild

For Immediate Release, May 31, 2023 PLYMOUTH, MA - A young male grey seal that...

Norway ups whale kill numbers and removes whale welfare protections

The whaling season in Norway has begun on the back of disturbing announcements from the...
Image taken from an unmanned hexacopter at >100ft during a research collaboration between NOAA/SWFSC, SR3 and the Coastal Ocean Research Institute. Research authorized by NMFS permit #19091.

Southern Resident orca petition to list them under Oregon Endangered Species Act advanced

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission voted today to advance a petition seeking to protect...
Hysazu Photography

WDC and Conservation Partners Continue to Seek Oregon Endangered Species Protection for Southern Resident Orcas

On Friday, April 21st, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will determine whether the petition...

NASA satellites to help protect whales from space

Scientists in the US have announced the development of a new tool that they hope will lead to a reduction in the number of whale deaths caused by boat collisions and entanglement in fishing gear.

The software tool, called “WhaleWatch”, has been developed by scientists and NASA and will be able to predict the most likely locations where endangered whales, such as blue, gray or humpback, may be found during a particular month along the west coast of the US. It will also be able to predict the daily movements of blue whales.

The whales migrate along routes that bring them into close proximity to fishing vessels and shipping. Using 15 years of data to match known whale locations with local environmental and other marine conditions will enable the satellites to predict probable locations for the whales based on the current conditions they record from space.

The tool will be released by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) this year and the announcement comes just a week after data was released showing record numbers of whale deaths from fishing gear entanglement along this coast.