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three whales feeding at ocean surface On Friday, April 14, our aerial survey team spotted a right whale, a sei whale and a bowhead whale feeding in the surface waters around the Great South Channel. This was a rare and special treat because bowheads aren't typically seen in New England waters; they're more of an Arctic species. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Protected Species Branch, NEFSC. Image taken under Permit #17355-01. Learn more about aerial surveys »
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Fish and Fisheries
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Current information for the species we study the most intensively. Learn more »
Marine Mammals and Sea Turtles
We conduct research for the management of protected species off the US northeast coast. Learn more »
Food from the Sea
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People and the Sea
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