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Emergency Petition Seeks to Shield Right Whale Moms, Calves From Vessel Strikes

Emergency Petition Seeks to Shield Right Whale Moms, Calves From Vessel Strikes

For Immediate Release, November 1, 2022 WASHINGTON—Conservation groups filed an emergency rulemaking petition with the National Marine Fisheries Service today to protect critically endangered North Atlantic right whales from being struck and killed by vessels in their calving grounds off the coast of the southeast United States.  The requested rule mirrors a National Marine Fisheries…

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Congressional Leaders Introduce Bill to Save the North Atlantic Right Whale

Washington (February 16, 2022) – Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Tom Carper (D-DE), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA) today introduced the “Right Whale Coexistence Act,” formerly known as the SAVE right whales act. This important legislation aims to support the recovery of the North Atlantic right whale, a critically…

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Humpback whale “swallows” a diver? Not exactly.

The recent story of a humpback whale “swallowing a diver” off Cape Cod has made global news. We are so happy that the diver is OK but we can’t quite “swallow” some of the misleading headlines.  We are your resident whale nerds, here to clear some things up. For any media inquiries, please give us…

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My 100 Million Dollar Idea – Whales!

Through all of the different roles I fill at WDC and in the marine mammal community, I am a biologist at heart. I love learning how the environment works, I love that we are still finding new species of whales, and I love talking about some things that others might think of as “gross” such…

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Right Whales Need a Treatment Plan, Not Just a Diagnosis

*This blog was coauthored by Erica Fuller. Erica is a Senior Attorney for Conservation Law Foundation and works primarily on federal fisheries and protected species related issues. Image: Peter Flood Imagine you visited the dentist almost 20 years ago because the pain in your mouth was no longer manageable.  After multiple consultations over nearly six…

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