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Humpback whale (megaptera novaeangliae) Humpback whale. Tonga.

Increased protected ocean area a boost for whale populations

Protections in the South Atlantic Ocean for one of the largest and most important marine...
A Southern Resident killer whale leaps into the air. The Southern Residents are an endangered population of fish-eating killer whales. Credit: NOAA

Southern Resident Orcas Receive Oregon Endangered Species Protections

February 16, 2024 - Contact: Regina Asmutis-Silvia, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, (508) 451-3853, [email protected] Brady...
Pilgrim and her calf in December 2022 © Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, taken under NOAA permit #20556-01

Critically endangered whale dies due to inaction of Biden administration

Pilgrim and her calf in December 2022 © Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, taken...
© Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research Institute, taken under NOAA permit 24359. Funded by NOAA Fisheries and Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

Critically endangered North Atlantic right whale found dead off Georgia’s coast

February 13, 2024 - On February 13, a North Atlantic right whale was reported dead...

US Navy to look again at harmful impact on whales and dolphins

The US Navy has announced that it will look again at ways to assess potential harm inflicted on whales and dolphins when planning its training and testing exercises in the Pacific Ocean from December 2018 onward.

The announcement follows a federal court ruling back in March that highlighted the US Navy’s failure to consider restricting military exercises within parts of their Hawaii-Southern California Training and Testing Study Area in order to protect harmful impacts on marine mammals nearby.

Shortly after the ruling, the US Navy agreed to limit further use of powerful sonar and explosives in naval exercises off Hawaii and California.

Whales and dolphins use sound to communicate, navigate and find food. Loud noise from explosives and high frequency sonar can cause them to strand on coastlines, and even kill them.