Oregon Public Broadcasting filmed Dr. Leigh Torres in action, as she researches underwater sound and whale health.
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Of the six extant species of sea lions around the globe, three are endangered, including the New Zealand sea lion. Once intensely hunted for its pelt, the New Zealand sea lion now mainly breeds at remote sub-Antarctic islands...
In 2015, a 78-ft blue whale carcass washed ashore near Gold Beach, OR. Our researchers submerged its bones in nets in Yaquina Bay to allow marine scavengers to clean them.
Now we hope to raise $125,000 to remove oil from the bones and treat the skeleton for display, so that the public can enjoy the magnificent presence of the largest species the world has ever known.
The OSU Marine Mammal Institute is a multi-disciplinary facility incorporating the work of academics from engineering, genetics, agriculture, aquatics, ecology, veterinary medicine, biology, and communications.
As the only institute of its kind, the Marine Mammal Institute combines the efforts of top researchers from around the world to continue the legacy of discovery and preservation of critical habitats of target species and to understand how those species interact with their environment and human activities.
Marine mammals are protected by federal law. It is illegal for unauthorized persons to disturb, handle, or feed them.
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The Cetacean Conservation and Genomics Laboratory explores the genomes of whales and dolphins to understand the past, assess the present, and conserve the future.
The Geospatial Ecology of Marine Megafauna Laboratory focuses on the ecology, behavior and conservation of marine megafauna including cetaceans, pinnipeds, seabirds, and sharks.
The Bio-Telemetry and Behavioral Ecology Laboratory is focused on using new biotelemetry technology to understand the underwater behavior and ecology of marine mammals.