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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...
#5120 not entangled in July 2021 
© Gine Lonati, University of New Brunswick. Taken under DFO Canada Sara Permit

Entanglement rope of North Atlantic right whale identified

On February 14th, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announced it had identified the fishing...

New findings highlight decline in North Atlantic right whale population

The past five years have seen the population of North Atlantic right whales fall from 482 in 2010 to 458 in 2015 according to a new model used to estimate their numbers. Over the preceding twenty years the findings revealed the population had increased from around 270 whales in 1990 at a rate of just under 3%.

Researchers from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the New England Aquarium developed the model, which also reveals that the number of adult females has fallen from 200 to 186 during the same time.

2017 has been a particularly bad year with 14 known deaths so far. Collisions with boat traffic and entanglement in fishing gear are major threats to the slow-moving whales which live off the east coast of the US and Canada. 

State–space mark–recapture estimates reveal a recent decline in abundance of North Atlantic right whales
Richard M. Pace III, Peter J. Corkeron, Scott D. Kraus
Ecology and Evolution Sept 2017