Hawai'i is the only state in the United States where humpback whales go to mate, calve and nurse their young. Here, a humpback whale and calf glide gracefully through the waters of Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary

It’s thought that humpback whales might prefer the waters off the shores of Hawai'i during mating season because of the water’s warmth, underwater visibility, and the lack of natural predators. But because calves often rest just beneath the water’s surface, calves in these waters are particularly vulnerable to boat strikes. 

Next time you’re visiting Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, you can help protect these amazing creatures by reporting any injured or entangled whales to NOAA’s 24-hour hotline at 1-888-256-9840. 

(Photo: J. Moore/NOAA Permit #15240)

Many marine animals, like these North Atlantic right whales swimming near Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary, use sound to communicate with one another. Many of these sounds are similar in tone or frequency to noise produced by underwater human activities – so we’re finding that a noisier ocean may mean that animals have more trouble communicating than they used to. Noise can also affect animals’ ability to orient and navigate, find food, avoid predators, and select mates. 

With this in mind, NOAA is launching its Ocean Noise Strategy Roadmap to guide a more effective and comprehensive management of ocean noise impacts on marine life over the next 10 years. Learn more about the roadmap at cetsound.noaa.gov

(Photo: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, under NOAA permit #15488)

Whales and Dolphins <3

Not a full display of all my cetacean items, but these are all currently in stock!

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