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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...

Birth announcement! First right whale calf of the 2024 calving season spotted

November 29, 2023 —

On November 28th, researchers from the Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research Institute spotted Juno and her new little baby off South Carolina. Juno, named for the Roman goddess, is 38 years old and this is her 8th known calf.

While most birth announcements include a gender reveal, the announcement of a new critically endangered North Atlantic right whale calf is cause for celebration beyond a name or gender. With fewer than 360 individuals left, and reproductive females only giving birth every 3 to 10 years, every new calf provides hope for the survival of this species. Right whales also play an important role in the health of the ocean and our planet.

 November 28, 2023 - Juno (#1612) and newborn calf © Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research Institute, taken under NOAA permit #26919. Funded by US Army Corps of Engineers
November 28, 2023 - Juno (#1612) and newborn calf © Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research Institute, taken under NOAA permit #26919. Funded by US Army Corps of Engineers

WDC and our partners are working to reduce accidental entanglements in fishing gear and vessel strikes. We recently petitioned NOAA to implement emergency speed limits in the calving area to protect whales like Juno and her calf. Mother and calf pairs are the most vulnerable to vessel strikes because newborn whales and their mothers spend most of their time at or near the surface.

“The biggest threats these whales face are from human causes and are therefore preventable,” said Regina Asmutis-Silvia, WDC-NA executive director. “Juno is doing her job in recovering her species and we need to do our part by keeping her safe.

Supporters like you are making a difference in preventing the extinction of the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale.

Updated 1/4/2024 So far this season, 9 calves were seen.

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