NOAA declares deaths of minke whales on Atlantic coast an Unusual Mortality Event

UPDATED: January 31, 2018. Audio from the press call is posted to the "resources" section below.
January 30, 2018 NOAA Fisheries is declaring the past year’s deaths of minke whales along the East coast of the United States an Unusual Mortality Event, triggering a focused, expert investigation into the cause.
Mouth of a minke whale with distinct grooves in its throat.

Join our media teleconference tomorrow to hear more details and ask questions of our whale experts. We will provide the latest information about minke strandings, unusual mortality events, and talk about next steps.

Media availability to discuss the minke whale Unusual Mortality Event

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. ET


  • (U.S.) 888-995-9860
  • (International) 517-308-9112
  • Passcode: WHALES


  • Teri Rowles, Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Program coordinator, NOAA Fisheries Office of Protected Resources

  • Deborah Fauquier, veterinarian, NOAA Fisheries Office of Protected Resources

  • Mendy Garron, stranding coordinator, NOAA Fisheries Greater Atlantic Region

  • Mike Asaro, marine mammal and sea turtle branch chief, NOAA Fisheries Office of Protected Resources

  • Blair Mase, stranding coordinator, NOAA Fisheries Southeast Region