Click here to learn more about pwf marine debris action plan partnership PWF Marine Debris Action Plan Partnership
In concert with our core research, education and conservation work focused on marine mammals, Pacific Whale Foundation began to research marine debris in 2013 when we noticed how much floating trash we were encountering during whale and dolphin surveys. By conducting formal research studies we strive to understand the types and amounts of debris that…Click here to read more about pwf marine debris action plan partnership Read More »
Click here to learn more about the last straw art sculpture, “from the artist” The Last Straw Art Sculpture, “From the Artist”
Meet Rachael Lallo, one of our talented graphic designers in the Pacific Whale Foundation marketing department.
Rachael worked long and hard to design the Last Straw Campaign that launched on World Oceans Day in June. The Last Straw is our conservation campaign to raise awareness about single-use plastics, focusing on plastic drinking straws. Rachael was on a creative streak and decided to use her artistic talents to create a sculpture using 5,200 individual straws and working for a total of 65 hours to create this focal point for plastic straw awareness.
Rachael Lallo: “This was a big project. Of course I couldn’t create a simple easy piece, ha ha! Being the artist I am, I wanted to make something that would be impactful and have the power to make a difference. I wanted the piece to educate people in an instant about the overpowering global issue of marine debris and debris in general. I remember being educated in grade school about other types of conservation, but now a fast shift is being made to focus on the overwhelming and alarming issue of marine debris. We’re needing to put out our own fires. This issue has grown so fast and wild that it’s consuming our planet. It’s obviously a huge threat and it feels that we’ve only recently realized it. But it’s never too late to make a change.Click here to read more about the last straw art sculpture, “from the artist” Read More »
Click here to learn more about are swim-with-whale operations ethical? pwf strives to learn more Are Swim-With-Whale Operations Ethical? PWF Strives to Learn More
Swim-with-whales tours are becoming more and more popular around the world as travelers become increasingly interested in ecotourism and engagement with nature and wildlife. But, with more and more visitors jumping into the backyard of these vulnerable marine mammals, how can we keep track of the effects on their well being? We can’t manage an…Click here to read more about are swim-with-whale operations ethical? pwf strives to learn more Read More »
Click here to learn more about new research study on "swim-with-whales" tourism New research study on "Swim-with-Whales" tourism
Beginning in July 2018, our “Swim-with-Whales” Impact Study invites a small number of vessel passengers to enter the water with humpback whales. In Hervey Bay, Queensland the government has recently authorized commercial tour operators to allow passengers in the water alongside humpback whales and Pacific Whale Foundation wants to conduct scientific research to see how…Click here to read more about new research study on "swim-with-whales" tourism Read More »
We all contribute to the plastic waste problem, so we should all contribute to the solution. While recycling is a good thing to do, to truly tackle this problem we must reduce the amount of plastic we are…Click here to read more about going plastic free Read More »
Click here to learn more about pilot whale encounters 30 miles offshore Pilot whale encounters 30 miles offshore
Our Research Team has begun surveying the deeper waters southwest of Maui as part of our new false killer whale study. The first day of research took us ~30 nautical miles off the coast of Maui in waters >2,500 feet. Although we didn’t see any false killer whales, we did have two encounters with short-finned…Click here to read more about pilot whale encounters 30 miles offshore Read More »
Click here to learn more about new research study on false killer whales New research study on false killer whales
The Research Team is excited to announce that we have started a new study on false killer whales! We started field work for this study in May 2018 and will survey the leeward waters surrounding the Maui 4-island region; up to 50 miles offshore. This brings us into deep waters (> 2,500 ft) where the…Click here to read more about new research study on false killer whales Read More »
Click here to learn more about what's it like to do a research internship at pwf? What's it like to do a research internship at PWF?
On the first field day for our two summer interns, you could sense the excitement as we set out on our research vessel, Ocean Protector, to survey for dolphins. Pacific Whale Foundation Research Department offers internships that give individuals the opportunity to get hands on experience in collecting and analyzing field data on marine mammals….Click here to read more about what's it like to do a research internship at pwf? Read More »
In February 2018 twelve Pacific Whale Foundation volunteers participated in a public access to one of Hawaii’s most sacred islands – Kaho’olawe. Kaho’olawe is believed to be the kino lau or manifestation of Kanaloa a sacred ground for the people of Hawaii to practice and embrace their culture. This island is known as the piko,…Click here to read more about kaho'olawe island restoration Read More »
Click here to learn more about research team launches dolphin and whale tracker app Research Team Launches Dolphin and Whale Tracker App
The Pacific Whale Foundation research team has been hard at work creating a new ‘Whale & Dolphin Tracker’ app that is now available for download on the App Store and Google Play. This free app allows members of the public from all over the world to participate in citizen science by recording sighting of marine…Click here to read more about research team launches dolphin and whale tracker app Read More »