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PWF Researcher Documents First-Ever Humpback Whale Copulation

On January 19, 2022, off the coast of Maui, Hawai‘i, an unprecedented event was recorded for the first time — two humpback whales copulating.  While this observation is remarkable on its own, this story has a remarkable twist – the encounter involved two male whales. Humpback whales have long been subjects of fascination for researchers … Continued

Whale penis extrusion & mating practices explained thanks to underwater footage of humpback whale’s penis

During a tranquil lunch on the ocean, following our morning transect surveys, our research team witnessed an unexpected event in the midst of observing a nearby group of humpback whales. The team realized that the whales were headed toward them and decided to put their camera in the water to document the behavior. What they … Continued

KEEPING IT CLEAN

On September 17, as the world celebrates International Coastal Cleanup Day, we reflect on past successes and current challenges in the fight against marine plastic pollution —  one of Pacific Whale Foundation’s identified major threats impacting whales, dolphins and other marine wildlife worldwide. Each year, marine plastic pollution contributes to a growing number of entanglement … Continued

HERVEY BAY VIRTUAL WHALEWATCH

Pacific Whale Foundation Eco-Adventures Australia (PWFEAA), an affiliate of nonprofit ocean conservation organisation Pacific Whale Foundation (PWF), announces its new Hervey Bay Virtual Whalewatch (HBVW) designed for Australian students in grades 4–8! An innovative educational tool, HBVW presents an hour-long simulated whale watch featuring the sights, sounds and expert narration of the in-person experience with … Continued

MISS HUMPBACKS? VISIT HERVEY BAY!

After two years of restrictions due to the Covid-19 shutdown, Pacific Whale Foundation Eco-Adventures Australia (PWFEAA), an affiliate of nonprofit ocean conservation organization Pacific Whale Foundation (PWF), is experiencing a resurgence in whale-watch tour bookings. Although PWFEAA whale-watch ecotours were available to the Queensland market during the height of Covid, 2022 marks the first year … Continued

GO SLOW, WHALES BELOW: PWF RESEARCH INSTRUMENTAL IN MULTI-AGENCY COLLABORATION RESULTING IN NEW VOLUNTARY WHALE-WATCH GUIDELINES

Each year, an estimated 40 whale-watch tour companies operate in the waters of Maui Nui, ferrying passengers out to sea for the experience of a lifetime — the chance to see majestic humpback whales in their natural habitat. Factor in other boating activity such as fishing and recreational vessels, and the ocean can become quite … Continued

PWF’S NEW ADOPTION PROGRAM

We are thrilled to introduce our new and improved Adoption Program to you! Adopt a false killer whale, humpback whale or bottlenose dolphin through Pacific Whale Foundation and receive a fun adoption package to learn about your animal and showcase your commitment to helping protect them. What inspired PWF to create a new Adoption Program?   … Continued

IT’S WHALE-WATCHING SEASON IN AUSTRALIA!

Peak whale-watching season is currently underway in Australia! Pacific Whale Foundation was established on Maui in 1980 to protect humpback whales from extinction and our research and conservation programs began in Australia not long after – 1984. We also conduct exciting and educational whale-watching ecotours in Australia to help fund this vital work. Travel along with us as we share an update on our ecotours and Research, … Continued

IT’S WHALE SEASON IN ECUADOR!

Although whale season won’t resume in Hawaiʻi until later in the year, it is just beginning in Ecuador!

New PWF research paper published: effects of marine tourism on humpback whales

What does our new research study show about the effects of marine tourism on humpback whales and what can be done to mitigate these effects?