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Feb. 20, 2019

Atlantic Fleet Training and Testing MMPA Regulations Amendment Request

The National Marine Fisheries Service has received a request from the U.S. Navy to amend regulations authorizing the take of marine mammals incidental to Navy training and testing activities conducted in the Atlantic Fleet Training and Testing (AFTT) Study Area from November 2018 to November 2023 to cover seven years of the Navy's activities, instead of five.

Sept. 12, 2018

Sowerby's beaked whale tagged offshore of Virginia

Scientists from HDR and NAVFAC Atlantic had a rare and exciting encounter during a recent survey conducted for the Mid-Atlantic Continental Shelf Break Cetacean Study - a group of three Sowerby’s beaked whales (Mesoplodon bidens). The group was sighted approximately 85 miles offshore of the Eastern Shore of Virginia, about halfway between the Norfolk and Washington Canyons, and represents one of the southern-most records of this species.