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Whales are awe-inspiring giants of the sea.

Flying back and forth over Cape Cod Bay, a survey plane spotted a half dozen of the world’s rarest creatures: North Atlantic right whales. Such sightings are good news. The species hovers near extinction—by one estimate, fewer than 360 remain. Each time researchers locate a whale, they take pictures...

The public display industry keeps many species of marine mammals captive in concrete tanks, especially whales and dolphins. The Humane Society of the United States believes that these animals are best seen in their natural coastal and ocean environments instead of being held captive simply to...

To make the ocean safer for those who call it home.

Manatees are large, gentle marine mammals who eat only aquatic plants.

Sporting their tux-with-tails plumage, penguins are one of Earth’s most charismatic and recognizable birds.

Dolphins are highly intelligent and social marine mammals.

Members of the weasel family, otters are known for their elongated bodies, webbed feet and playful antics, particularly their love of sliding down rocks, banks or waterfalls.

These sleek, beautiful animals live in coastal waters, hunting for fish in the sea and returning to land to give birth to their young.

Fish are aquatic animals who live in diverse habitats.

Turtles have been roaming the Earth for millions of years—but now dozens of these “slow and steady” species are racing toward extinction.

In mid-October, when dolphin-costumed protesters and other demonstrators marched through pouring rain to the Japanese embassy in Washington, D.C., the men in suits out front gave only the slightest sign they noticed. “We’re going to show them that we’re not going away,” said Naomi Rose, senior...

They inhabit the ruins of a 14th-century empire in Africa, cling to 800-year-ol cliffside dwellings in Arizona, forage in old Indian temples and European churches and occupy the decidedly less grand crawl spaces of our modern homes. As the world’s only true flying mammals, bats know how to get...

Canada's annual commercial seal hunt is the largest slaughter of marine mammals on the planet. Facing harsh criticism the world over because of the hunt's cruelty and unsustainability, the Canadian government and fishing industry have spread much misinformation. Here are the basic facts about the...

WASHINGTON—Today, in a win for wildlife protection and conservation, a federal district court restored comprehensive Endangered Species Act regulatory protections to hundreds of species and the places they call home. The Services filed a voluntary remand motion in December 2021 in response to a...

Because plant-based eating (such as vegan and vegetarian diets) benefits people, animals and the planet.

To keep wild animals where they belong—in the wild—and out of zoos and circuses.

To help suffering birds.

We take on the biggest threats to all creatures, great and small. Here are some of the issues we work on.