Dr. Lesley Thorne, a researcher at Stony Brook University, has applied to the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) for a permit under the Marine Mammal Protection Act and Endangered Species Act to conduct research on fin whales, sei whales, humpback whales, minke whales, and an additional twenty-two cetacean species over the course of five years. NMFS is accepting public comments through April 4, 2022.