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Fall Aerial Survey Sightings

November 16, 2022

As summer turns into fall, our aerial survey team observes changes in their sightings of marine animals in New England waters....Read More

Right Whales

Facing Human-Caused Threats, Right Whales’ Downward Trend Continues

October 24, 2022

Human-caused threats have resulted in the right whale population trending downard for more than a decade....Read More

A female nurse shark swims through the shallows in the Dry Tortugas courtship and mating ground. Photo by Connor White.

Field Work

What We’ve Learned After Three Decades in the Dry Tortugas

October 17, 2022

Dr. Nick Whitney shares a brief history of research conducted on a nurse shark breeding ground in the Dry Tortugas and what the science team has learned over the last 30 years....Read More

Dr. Fabian Pina unveiling the Cardenas specimen at the Center for Marine Research, University of Havana.


Saving Caribbean Sawfish in Cuba

October 13, 2022

With The Ocean Foundation, Cuban scientists Fabián Pina, an MCAF grantee, and Tamara Figueredo are working to protect sawfish in Cuba....Read More

Field Work

Reflections on My First Survey in the Marine National Monument

August 23, 2022

New England Aquarium flies 12th aerial survey of marine Monument, bringing a new team member along for the ride....Read More


Using the Morelet’s Crocodile as a Sentinel Species to Save Belize’s New River

August 4, 2022

MCAF grantee Jonathan Triminio works with the Crocodile Research Coalition to protect the New River in Belize....Read More

A sea turtle mural in downtown Macuro


Environmental Education in Macuro, Venezuela

July 28, 2022

New England Aquarium MCAF grantee Clemente Balladares shares his work promoting sea turtle conservation in Macuro, Venezuela....Read More

Field Work

Summer Sightings from the Aerial Survey Team

July 20, 2022

Explore the aerial survey team's most interesting sightings from this summer's flights over Southern New England....Read More


The Ripple Effect: Part 2

June 27, 2022

In Part two of our blog series, we hear from more of the New England Aquarium’s Marine Conservation Action Fund (MCAF) Program’s collaborative project partners....Read More

Educational program hosted by Misión Tiburón to educate local children about the hammerhead shark. Photo credit: Misión Tiburón


The Ripple Effect: Part 1

June 17, 2022

MCAF's project, “The Ripple Effect – Capacity Development for the Ocean,” focuses on collectively scaling up the support of local leaders in their efforts to develop capacity in ocean conservation...Read More

Caroline Collatos


Sandbar Sharks Around Nantucket: I Know What They Did Last Summer

May 13, 2022

Feeling the animal swim out of your hands with their new tags, ready to contribute data for their species is the most satisfying part. Our first shark of the summer swims off with his new tags....Read More

AquaLife Conservancy staff working with local traders. Photo by AquaLife Conservancy


Status and Conservation of Sharks and Rays in Ghana with Focus on Threatened Shark-like Rays

May 13, 2022

Population declines are more severe for some groups of marine species, whose life-history traits make them extremely vulnerable to exploitation. Such is the case for shark-like rays....Read More

The SAG seen on our second survey day was less energetic but consisted of four right whales we had not seen on our first survey day, including Catalog #4150 and Catalog #4501 seen here. Photo by Katie Graham/ACCOL/NEAq taken under NOAA research permit #25739

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Southern New England Surveys, Take Two

April 28, 2022

The SAG seen on our second survey day was less energetic but consisted of four right whales we had not seen on our first survey day. (Taken under NOAA research permit #25739.)...Read More

Recently hatched olive ridleys beginning their journey back to the ocean. The crawl count program help monitor and evaluate sea turtle hatcheries and the 20% conservation quota.


Celebrating 25 Years of Counting Sea Turtles in Guatemala

March 18, 2022

Celebrating 25 years of counting sea turtles in Guatemala with ARCAS....Read More

Waiting in the cold for right whales to resurface was made easier by our warm float coats. Photo by Kate McPherson/ACCOL/NEAq

Field Work

Southern New England Surveys, Take One

March 7, 2022

For the first time in over 40 years of field research, our Right Whale Team conducted boat surveys in southern New England waters. ...Read More