"We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop."


NMMF Diversity & Inclusion Statement

The recent deaths of Black Americans have exposed the deep-rooted racial inequalities that persist in our country.

We, at the National Marine Mammal Foundation, stand in solidarity with the Black community against racial injustice and condemn all forms of racial violence.

We recognize the racial inequalities within the field of marine mammal science and our own organization, and we commit to taking meaningful action to create and inspire change towards diversity and inclusion.

We do so with an appreciation of the benefits that come with strengthening our diversity, which include broadening our perspectives, enriching our creative culture, and improving both the quality and impact of our work.

We have begun by enhancing our outreach in communities aimed at inspiring a love of nature, fostering the desire to conserve, and building diversity within our profession.

We are working to increase our collaboration with community-based organizations to take a more holistic approach to conservation that benefits both animals and humans, particularly those in at-risk coastal communities.

With compassion and purpose, we resolve to hold steadfast in this commitment as we acknowledge that only sustained action will create change.


The National Marine Mammal Foundation (NMMF) has a mission to improve and protect life for marine mammals, humans, and our shared oceans through scienceserviceeducation.


Our vision is to be the leading laboratory in marine mammal science, where critical questions about marine mammal health, welfare, and conservation are answered by an unparalleled team of experts, and significant contributions are made locally and globally through science and education.

NMMF’s decades of service and experience allow us to partner with leaders in the scientific community to conduct high-priority investigations into marine mammal acoustics, conservation, and medicine. Significant scientific breakthroughs are continually being made by the NMMF.

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JANE: Justice & Action Network for the Earth

Conservation scientists, wildlife crime investigators, and award-winning filmmakers join forces to save endangered species.

Franciscana Dolphin Conservation

In order to ensure the continued survival of this species, there is an urgent need for coordinated veterinary conservation efforts.

Vaquita Conservation

Facilitating an international collaboration to save the vaquita porpoise from extinction.


NMMF researchers, animal care experts and scientists advance the world’s knowledge in marine mammal biology and medicine. We study how human-made sound and changes to the environment impact marine mammals.

We are proud to protect the health and well-being of the U.S. Navy’s marine mammals. This important work allows the NMMF team to serve and protect wild marine mammal populations and inform critical conservation approaches.

Our team strives to foster the next generation of scientists and ocean ambassadors. As part of our commitment to education, we take our message of conservation and research to schools, organizations, and public events nationwide.


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