In a new research paper by lead author Robert Pitman, scientists propose that whales that forage in polar waters migrate to low latitudes to maintain healthy skin.
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I am thrilled to be here as the new director of Oregon State University’s Marine Mammal Institute. I have been here just a short time, since October 14th, but already two things are crystal clear: the talent here is deep; and the passion is palpable.
The OSU Marine Mammal Institute incorporates the work of academics from engineering, genetics, agriculture, aquatics, ecology, veterinary medicine, biology, and communications.
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.