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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 Bradshaw, Center for Biological Diversity, (412) 722-9280, [email protected] Maggie Dewane, Defenders of Wildlife, (202) 772-0217, [email protected] PORTLAND, ORE – The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission voted today to protect Southern Resident orcas under the state’s Endangered Species Act, responding to a…

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 under NOAA permit #20556-01 February 16, 2024 – Contact: Regina Asmutis-Silvia, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, (508) 451-3853, [email protected] Catherine Kilduff, Center for Biological Diversity, (202) 780-8862, [email protected] Jake O’Neil, Conservation Law Foundation, (617) 850-1709, [email protected] Jay Petrequin, Defenders of Wildlife,…

© 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 off the coast of Georgia. The whale was identified as female, born to first-time mother Pilgrim during the 2022-2023 calving season.   While the loss of any right whale is devasting, the loss of this little one is particularly heartbreaking.…

#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 gear associated with the chronic entanglement of the North Atlantic right whale, identified as #5120, who washed ashore on Martha’s Vineyard at the end of January. Born in 2021 as the only known calf of Squilla, this whale was too…

© DNR/NOAA MMHSRP permit 24359

Deadline sought on overdue protections for North Atlantic right whales

© DNR/NOAA MMHSRP permit 24359 February 13, 2024 – Contact: Regina Asmutis-Silvia, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, (508) 451-3853, [email protected] Jay Petrequin, Defenders of Wildlife, (202) 772-0243, [email protected] Catherine Kilduff, Center for Biological Diversity, (202) 780-8862, [email protected] Jake O’Neil, Conservation Law Foundation, (617) 850-1709, [email protected] WASHINGTON, DC – Conservation groups have asked a federal court on…

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Celebrating women in science – Heather

Women in science – Heather The women in science blog series aims to celebrate women in the science field in light of International Day of Women and Girls in Science on February 11. Heather Pettis Research Scientist with the Kraus Marine Mammal Conservation Program at the New England Aquarium How long have you worked in…