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Acoustic Recordings and Biopsy Acquired from North Pacific Blue Whales off of the Oregon Coast


On October 17, 2018, a joint NOAA/PMEL and Oregon State University Marine Mammal Institute (OSU-MMI) team, with the assistance of a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter on patrol providing real time radio reports of cetacean sightings, traveled 27 miles off the Oregon coast (due west of Newport, Oregon) to acquire acoustic recordings and biopsy two North Pacific blue whales.

Two blue whale spouts seen from the boat on October 17, 2018. Photo taken under NMFS permit 20465


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