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WHOI nominated for Regional Emmy Award

April 27, 2022

“Collaborating to Save the Right Whale” features Michael Moore, production by Craig LaPlante, Jayne Doucette & Natalie Renier

Scientists record ocean sounds to spot new species

March 17, 2022

As the ocean warms, scientists aim to catalog underwater soundscapes before ecosystems change

Ocean Twilight Zone Spotlight: Heidi Sosik

March 8, 2022

In this interview, OTZ researcher Heidi Sosik explains how her work with marine plankton is helping to answer big questions about the ocean twilight zone

Understanding the threat of harmful algal blooms

January 12, 2022

Calling all scientists!

December 8, 2021

We’re hiring up to 10 scientific, tenure-track staff to join the WHOI community

Book reading event: “We Are All Whalers”

November 24, 2021

Join us tonight for a special event with author Michael Moore, Nov. 30, 2021 7:00 p.m. ET

A virtual exhibit

October 19, 2021

Get your free ticket and join guest speaker, MIT researcher Aditi Wagh PhD tonight for a discussion about the importance of art in communicating science to youths, Oct. 21, 2021 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. EDT

Critically Endangered North Atlantic Right Whales Getting Smaller, New Research Finds

June 10, 2021

A report out this week in Current Biology reveal that critically endangered North Atlantic right whales are up to three feet shorter than 40 years ago. This startling conclusion reinforces what scientists have suspected: even when entanglements do not lead…

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Rare Drone video shows critically endangered North Atlantic right whales

May 10, 2021

May 10, 2021   During a joint research trip on February 28 in Cape Cod Bay, Mass., WHOI whale trauma specialist Michael Moore, National Geographic photographer Brian Skerry, and scientists from New England Aquarium, witnessed a remarkable biological event: North…

A checkup for the oceans reveals threats to human health

December 7, 2020

The health of the world’s ocean is in serious decline—and human health is suffering as a result. A comprehensive report from the Monaco Commission and co-authored by several WHOI researchers investigates the impacts of ocean pollution and recommends actions to…

News Releases

Emperor penguins granted protections under Endangered Species Act

October 25, 2022

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution among research groups that offer key findings to support federal protection of species, increasingly under siege by climate change

Study Examines the Impact of Coral Chemical Compounds on Reef Composition and Health

October 17, 2022

The study found that the organic chemical compounds produced through metabolism —known as metabolites or exudates—vary significantly by coral species and that the compounds impact the abundances and compositions of reef microorganisms differently.

“Digital Reefs” awarded $5 million

September 21, 2022

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) $5 million to participate in NSF’s ground breaking Convergence Accelerator Program. The project, led by WHOI scientist Anne Cohen, builds the world’s first Coral Reef Digital Twin, a…

The bolder bird gets (and keeps) the girl

September 14, 2022

A new paper by WHOI researchers demonstrates a connection between personality and divorce in albatross

How marine predators find food hot spots in open ocean “deserts”

September 7, 2022

A new study led by scientists at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and University of Washington Applied Physics Laboratory (UW APL) finds that marine predators, such as tunas, billfishes and sharks, aggregate in anticyclonic, clockwise-rotating ocean eddies (mobile, coherent bodies…

Marine Protected Areas in Antarctica should include young emperor penguins, scientists say

August 31, 2022

Scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and European research institutions are calling for better protections for juvenile emperor penguins, as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service considers listing the species under the Endangered Species Act and the Commission…

As oceans warm, snapping shrimp sound a warning

August 18, 2022

Research published by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) scientists today in Frontiers in Marine Science confirmed their previous observations that rising temperatures increase the sound of snapping shrimp, a tiny crustacean found in temperate and tropical coastal marine environments around…

Weddell seal moms sacrifice to provide for their pups

August 2, 2022

Seal mothers dramatically limit diving and foraging while lactating to provide more iron to their young

WHOI and CMA CGM Group deploy acoustic monitoring buoy near Norfolk, Virginia

July 20, 2022

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and The CMA CGM Group, a global player in sea, land, air, and logistics solutions, have deployed an acoustic monitoring buoy 33 miles off the coast of Norfolk, Virginia. A second buoy is slated for…

Innovative, new “road map” for kelp crop improvement

June 24, 2022

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), the University of Connecticut, and Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences have executed a license agreement for a kelp germplasm, or collection of microscopic cells called gametophytes, containing more than 1,200 samples all developed and isolated…

Oceanus Magazine

Albatrose divorce

When it comes to albatross ‘divorce,’ climate isn’t the only issue

November 3, 2022

Personality can factor into lovebird split-ups in the southern Indian Ocean

Making a splash on TikTok

September 15, 2022

Nate “The lumpfish guy” Spada brings ocean science to millions with amazing creatures and a sense of humor

Leslie Henderson and Blake Gardner, divers with the C.O.R.E. St. Croix Coral Strike Team, use syringes to apply an amoxicillin paste to a section of affected pillar coral off the coast of St. Croix. (Photo by Jason Quetel, © VI-DAC)

An aquatic outbreak

September 1, 2022

Stony coral tissue loss disease continues devastating Caribbean reefs. Here’s what we know about it so far

A pregnant woman in a pink dress lifts a female toddler in a pink dress while a man in a black coast and white pants smiles at them. They are on a sunny beach with buildings, mountains and the ocean in the background.

The Power of Super Reefs

August 18, 2022

Jessica Sieja was in high school when she got her first glimpse of a coral reef. Her father wanted his family to experience the wonder that he felt as a kid, diving on reefs in his native Indonesia. They got…

Edie Widder: A light in the darkness

July 29, 2022

By sharing her fascination with the luminous deep, explorer, author, and conservationist Edie Widder sheds light on why it matters.

Starlet sea anemone

A toxic double whammy for sea anemones

July 11, 2022

Exposure to both oil and sunlight can be harmful to sea anemones

Shellfish farming

Invasive tunicates have shellfish farmers crying “foul”

June 30, 2022

As shellfish farmers struggle with invasive tunicate invasions, scientists are trying to gain insight into the thermal tolerances for these strange critters and determine where they might show up next

Coral Reef

4 Potential Solutions for Corals in Crisis

June 16, 2022

Racing against the clock, WHOI researchers and colleagues are developing innovative solutions to rebuild reefs and improve coral resiliency–before it’s too late.

Surfer next to a shark

Partly cloudy with a chance of sharks

May 26, 2022

Researchers develop ‘heat map’ shark forecast system to improve beachgoer safety

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Can environmental DNA help us find lost US service members?

May 12, 2022

Ocean scientists explore how eDNA may be able to help find and identify lost military personnel in the ocean