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Pacific Islands Must-Reads of 2019

by NOAA Fisheries 12 Jan 08:28 UTC
Olive ridley sea turtle hatchling. © NOAA Fisheries

In 2019, we brought you science and conservation stories covering a wide range of topics important to the Pacific Islands region.

Here are the 10 stories that resonated the most with our readers and have been shared and liked many times over on social media.

Recommended 10 Noteworthy Stories

For one reason or another, some feature stories don't gain as much traction online as others. Here is a collection of highly recommended stories that you may have missed but still deserve your attention.

For more Pacific Islands feature stories, dive into Pacific Islands news page.

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Why do whales migrate?
Skin molt may drive migration for whales that forage in cold waters Whales undertake some of the longest migrations on earth, often swimming many thousands of miles, over many months, to breed in the tropics. The question is why—is it to find food, or to give birth? Posted on 28 Feb
Unmanned surface vehicles track marine mammals
Scientists successfully tested the feasibility of using Saildrones Scientists successfully tested the feasibility of using Saildrones to follow individual fur seals over long distances while simultaneously assessing their prey and habitat. Posted on 23 Feb
Type D: A new species of killer whale?
Biologists launched an expedition, searching for what could be a new species of killer whale In January 2019, an international team of scientists working off the tip of southern Chile got their first live look at what might be a new species of killer whale. Posted on 15 Feb
International whales of mystery
Where are the 'missing' breeding areas for humpback whales? Every year, humpback whales in the western Pacific Ocean migrate south to winter breeding grounds. Some whales spend their winters in the waters of the Mariana Archipelago, but we know less about humpback whales in the Marianas. Posted on 8 Feb
U.S. & Canada work to reduce whale mortalities
United States and Canada have a shared interest in recovering right whales A message from NOAA Fisheries Assistant Administrator Chris Oliver, who recently participated in a meeting with Canadian officials focused on the conservation and management efforts for the endangered North Atlantic right whale. Posted on 1 Feb
Investigation of gray whale strandings continues
California survey counts migrating whales for a new population assessment Gray whales have begun their annual southbound migration along the West Coast to Mexico. Science teams continue to investigate the cause of more than 200 strandings of dead and often thin gray whales during their northbound migration last spring. Posted on 26 Jan
Little relief in the deep for heat-stressed corals
New research shows coral reefs in deeper water aren't immune to warming seas and coral bleaching A team of NOAA scientists recently examined more than a thousand hot water events on coral reefs across the Pacific Ocean. Posted on 16 Jan
How to help free entangled whales in Hawaii
Course helps to better assist trained responders disentangle large whales Entanglement in ropes, nets, and other marine debris is a major threat to the humpbacks and other large whales of Hawaii. But attempting to free an entangled, multi-ton whale is inherently dangerous. Posted on 16 Jan
Introducing Pacific Islands feature stories 2019
A recent study used machine learning to examine vocalizations of false killer whale populations Over the past decade, researchers have determined that false killer whales around the Hawaiian Islands have three distinct populations, one of which is endangered. Posted on 13 Jan
Announcing Mission: Iconic Reefs
A large-scale coral reef restoration effort in the Florida Keys I'm excited to let you know that NOAA Fisheries, along with NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and other partners, have launched a coral reef restoration effort titled Mission: Iconic Reefs. Posted on 12 Jan
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