- Research History
- Our Research Team
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- Current Studies
- Australia Research
- Abundance, Survival, Recruitment and Realized Growth Rates
- Calving Rates and Intervals of East Australian Female Humpback Whales
- Connectivity and Interchange Between Humpback Whale Aggregation Areas along East Australia
- Dynamics of extralimital feeding by humpback whales off Eden, NSW
- Match My Whale - a Humpback Whale Fluke Identification Project
- PWF’s Southern Hemisphere Humpback Whale Catalog
- Rate of Interchange Between East Australia and West Australia Humpback Whales
- Ecuador Research
- Hawaii Research
- Distribution of Odontocetes in Maui Four-Island Region
- Great Whale Count
- Hawaiian Humpback Whale Catalogue
- Marine Debris and Odontocete Study in the Maui Four-Island Region
- Odontocetes of Maui Four-Island Region
- Social Structure of False Killer Whales in Maui Four-Island Region
- Surprise Encounters with Humpback Whales
- Other Projects
- Australia Research
- Notes From The Field
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Mission & Vision
Pacific Whale Foundation’s mission is to protect our oceans through science and advocacy.
We accomplish this through our ongoing marine research, education and conservation programs.
Through our ocean eco-adventure cruises, we have educated nearly 3.5 million people about the marine environment, while raising needed funds to support vital whale and dolphin research studies, educational programs for children and adults, as well as important conservation programs, including our fight to stop commercial whaling.
Pacific Whale Foundation’s vision is to be the people’s environmental organization for research, advocacy, and protection of the world’s whales, dolphins and other marine wildlife, as well as their ocean habitat. We believe that it is essential to involve the public in our mission.
We encourage you to connect and interact with us, to share your thoughts and ideas, and to become a part of our community of people who care about the future of our planet's oceans.
Wildlife Viewing, Photography and Videography
Pacific Whale Foundation adheres to the Dolphin SMART program guidelines when viewing marine mammals in the wild.
1. We view wild marine mammals (including dolphins and whales) from a responsible distance to avoid any harassment or disturbance to their natural behaviors. Our photos/videos that show dolphins, whales or other marine mammals near the boat were taken after they approached the boat with the engines in neutral or off. Our photos/videos that show dolphins, whales or other marine mammals bowriding were taken after they approached the boat of their own accord.
2. All photos and videos of whales and dolphins taken by the Pacific Whale Foundation Research team were done so during the course of permitted scientific research (see below for research permit numbers).
- Odontocetes: NOAA/NMFS LOC#13427-05
- False Killer Whales: NOAA/NMFS LOC#16479
- Humpback Whales: NOAA/NMFS 16479
3. All underwater photos/videos were taken: (1) during the course of permitted scientific research (see above for research permit numbers), and/or (2) with a remote device while following guidelines for responsible viewing.
4. All photos/videos taken outside of the United States were done so in accordance with that country's regulations and guidelines for marine mammal viewing or protection, or under a research permit (see below).
- NSW Government, Office of Environment and Heritage, NSW Government: Permit Number SL100195
- Queensland Government, Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation: Permit Number 307
- Queensland Government, Department of Environment and Resource Management: Permit Number QS2011/GS040
- Queensland Government, Environmental Protection Agency: Permit Number WISP07811910
- Queensland Government, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority: Permit Number G11/34324.1
- Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Environment and Water Resources: Permit number C2011-0003
- MINISTERIO DE AMBIENTE – Parque Nacional Machalilla – Permiso No. 002 - RM - DPM - MA