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NOAA's Historic Fisheries Collection
Catalog of Images

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Whale identified as "Mars" lunge feeding on Stellwagen Bank. Note the baleen structures in the roof of the mouth, the distended ventral throat grooves or " plates" and the water and sand lance (small fish type) spilling out of the mouth.
Massachusetts, Stellwagen Bank 1971 circa
4001 thumbnail picture
Feeding humpback whales lunge through schools of sand lance with mouths agape, trapping their prey at the surface.
Massachusetts, Stellwagen Bank 1971 circa
4002 thumbnail picture
Gray whale look-see
Mexico, Baja California, Scammon Lagoon 1953 circa
4003 thumbnail picture
Gray whale spy-hopping
Mexico, Baja California, Scammon Lagoon 1953 circa
4004 thumbnail picture
Gray whale breaching
Mexico, Baja California, Scammon Lagoon 1953 circa
4005 thumbnail picture
The first step in returning Gigi, the rescued gray whale calf, to the sea from its tank at Sea World San Diego.
California, San Diego 1972 March
4006 thumbnail picture
Gigi on the way home. On the last leg of her trip to sea, Gigi's barge is towed toward pod of gray whales where she will be released.
California, San Diego 1972 March
4007 thumbnail picture
The 27-foot long Gigi is gently lowered into the sea after a year in captivity.
California, San Diego 1972 March
4008 thumbnail picture
Dr. Sharon Proctor of the Vancouver Public Aquarium examing Gigi's baleen.
California, San Diego 1971
4009 thumbnail picture
Dr. Eric Wahrenbrock, M.D., research physiologist and anethesiologist from UCSD performing experiments on respiratory function of Gigi.
California, San Diego 1971 August 2
4010 thumbnail picture
Attempting to rescue gray whales trapped in the ice in the Beaufort Sea. The holes were cut by the rescuers to give the whales a breathing hole as they attempted to lead them back to open water.
Alaska, Point Barrow area 1988 October
4011 thumbnail picture
Attempting to rescue gray whales trapped in the ice in the Beaufort Sea. The holes were cut by the rescuers to give the whales a breathing hole as they attempted to lead them back to open water.
Alaska, Point Barrow area 1988 October
4012 thumbnail picture
Attempting to rescue gray whales trapped in the ice in the Beaufort Sea. The holes were cut by the rescuers to give the whales a breathing hole as they attempted to lead them back to open water.
Alaska, Point Barrow area 1988 October
4013 thumbnail picture
Sample of baleen from baleen whale's mouth. This material was used in corset stays for many years.
Connecticut, Mystic Seaport 1967 September
4014 thumbnail picture
Painting of whaling scene from the 1970's Centennial volume of BCF titled "Our Changing Fisheries," p. 70.
Connecticut, Mystic Seaport 1967 September
4015 thumbnail picture
Example of scrimshaw on sperm whale's tooth. Circa 1840
Connecticut, Mystic Seaport 1964
4016 thumbnail picture
Whalers logbook indicating whales taken while cruising on the Western Ground in the North Atlantic Ocean in 1877? From the Bark OHIO, Captain Fred Howland Smith.
Connecticut, Mystic Seaport 1967 September
4017 thumbnail picture
Tallying of barrels of oil taken with capture of each sperm whale. The largest yield was 150 barrels while the average yield was 76 barrels. From the Bark OHIO out of New Bedford tallying take from 1875 until 1878. The small bottles contain whale oil samples.
Connecticut, Mystic Seaport 1967 September
4018 thumbnail picture
Whalers logbook indicating whales taken while cruising on the Western Ground in the North Atlantic Ocean in 1877? From the Bark OHIO, Captain Fred Howland Smith.
Connecticut, Mystic Seaport 1967 September
4019 thumbnail picture
Scrimshaw on sperm whales teeth
Connecticut, Mystic Seaport 1967 September
4020 thumbnail picture
One of the last of the New England fishing schooners. Used in line trawling for cod, etc. Note dories on deck.
Connecticut, Mystic Seaport 1967 September
4021 thumbnail picture
Stomach tube with formula being pumped in to baby gray whale.
California, San Diego 1971 August 18
4022 thumbnail picture
Genital area of gray whale showing mammary grooves typical of the female.
California, San Diego 1971 August 18
4023 thumbnail picture
Fluke of gray whale indicating healed tail rope lesions
California, San Diego 1971 July 27
4024 thumbnail picture
Procedure for tube feeding Gigi, the baby gray whale when she first came to Sea World San Diego.
California, San Diego 1971 July 27
4025 thumbnail picture
Lesion on Gigi's, the baby gray whale, abdomen completely closed in. Note that the normal pigmentation is returning as well. This animal was rescued and brought to Sea World San Diego where it lived for a year before being returned to the wild.
California, San Diego 1971 August 18
4026 thumbnail picture
Blow holes of Gigi, the baby gray whale
California, San Diego 1971 August 18
4027 thumbnail picture
Description not available.
4028 thumbnail picture
Gray whale
Mexico, Baja California, Scammon Lagoon
4029 thumbnail picture
Description not available.
4030 thumbnail picture
Images from FWS Conservation Note 9
4031 thumbnail picture
Images from FWS Conservation Note 9
4032 thumbnail picture
Images from FWS Conservation Note 9
4033 thumbnail picture
Images from FWS Conservation Note 9
4034 thumbnail picture
Images from FWS Conservation Note 9
4035 thumbnail picture
Wally Hickel, Secretary of the Interior, with other dignitaries and Tektite aquanauts inspecting a model of the Tektite II manned undersea habitat.
Washington, D.C. 1970 March 2
4036 thumbnail picture
Dr. James Miller, left, Director of the Tektite II project, with aquanaut Rick Dr. James Miller, left, Director of the Tektite II project, with aquanaut Rick
4037 thumbnail picture
Dr. James Miller, left, Director of the Tektite II project, with aquanaut Rick Waller studying habitat for undersea project.
1969 December
4038 thumbnail picture
Russell E. Train, Chairman of the President's Council on the Environment and former undersecretary of the Department of the Interior, looking over a model of Tektite II.
1969 December
4039 thumbnail picture
Tektite crew meals are prepared in fully-outfitted facilities in crew quarters of Tektite Habitat. Scientist-aquanaut prepares dinner on stove in the GE designed and built habitat's crew quarters, which also boast refrigerator, radio -TV entertainment console, individually lighted bunks, and even wall-to-wall carpeting.
4040 thumbnail picture
Great Lameshur Bay, St. John Islands, is the site for the seventeen-month Tektite II Program. A five man habitat will be emplaced near Cabritte Horn in 50 feet of water, enabling teams of scientist-aquanauts and engineers to live and work for periods ranging from two weeks to 30 days on the ocean bottom.
4041 thumbnail picture
Scientist-aquanaut in the Tektite Program prepares for an extended stay away from his General Electric designed and built habitat in Great Lameshur Bay, U.S. Virgin Islands.
4042 thumbnail picture
Artwork depicting closed-cycle underwater breathing system, designed and built by General Electric's Re-entry adn Environmental Systems Division. This system will be used for the first time in underwater research in the Tektite II Program . This system can operate for up to six hours and does not generate bubbles like conventional scuba, thus enabling inconspicuous marine life observations.
4043 thumbnail picture
Underwater geologic studies being performed by Tektite scientist-aquanaut in the barrier reef surrounding the Tektite Habitat.
4044 thumbnail picture
Artwork depicting the Tektite II Habitat. Scientist-aquanauts were able to spend periods ranging from two weeks to 30 days underwater at a depth of 50 feet . Each vertical structure measures 12.5 feet in diameter by 18.1 feet high.
4045 thumbnail picture
Sylvia Earle on left and other women aquanauts at Tektite II press conference. Secretary of the Interior Wally Hickel is in front of "Secretary" sign.
4046 thumbnail picture
Sylvia Earle on right with other women aquanauts listening to Secretary of the Interior Wally Hickel discussing Tektite II.
4047 thumbnail picture
Sylvia Earle receiving award from Wally Hickel, Secretary of the Interior.
4048 thumbnail picture
Sylvia Earle at podium during ceremony honoring women aquanauts at Department of the Interior. Secretary of the Interior Wally Hickel is in center of photo.
4049 thumbnail picture
Vice-President of the United States Spiro Agnew at conference honoring Tektite aquanauts.

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