Category: Ecuador | Pacific Whale Foundation



Alicia Wood

Pacific Whale Foundation was founded in Maui, Hawai‘i in 1980 to protect humpback whales from extinction. Since that time, we have expanded our efforts and also conduct research in Ecuador as well as research and whale watching in Australia. Although whale season won’t resume in Hawaiʻi until later in...

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Pacific Whale Foundation Finds Much to Celebrate in 2020

This past year has been uniquely challenging, but good things happen even during the toughest of times. As the first month of 2021 comes to a close, we would like to reflect on the positives experienced at Pacific Whale Foundation.   Despite the many limitations resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, we managed to continue engaging our audience with educational programs, raising funds via a...

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PWF Education: Year in Review

Pacific Whale Foundation

Submitted by PWF Education Manager Robyn EhrlichWhat has our education team been up to this year? Well, we’ve had another successful year of our tried and true programs: Ocean Camp, Keiki Whalewatch, and now Plastic Pollution Solutions. We’ve also begun to work...

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The lives and loves of Machalilla National Park


It is always exciting to see competing pods of male humpback whales. Their jumps, bumps, and tail maneuvers directed at the females also serve to amaze and surprise us observers. Puerto Lopez, the marine area off the Machalilla National Park, is...

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Unusual Encounter with Bryde’s Whale in Ecuador


We were welcomed by a beautiful sunny day on the first week of the Ecuador research season. The excitement began when we saw the sun reflecting off of a whales’ dorsal fin, which was quickly followed by the characteristic blow. Echoing the whales blow...

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Training Guides and Boat Captains in Ecuador


Since August until the first days of September we have had the opportunity at Pacific Whale Foundation Ecuador to do some capacity building and to learn from National Park (NP) rangers, NP guides and boat captains. Under coordination of the...

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IWC’s 65th meeting receives powerful visual message


“Migration towards Prosperity” was been presented to the 65th annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission and received an enthusiastic response.  The video sends a strong message from Ecuador and the Buenos Aires Group that whales are a more beneficial...

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Hawaii Visitor Update

Aloha, We Are Open!  Our PacWhale Eco-Adventures are open for booking as we welcome visitors back to Maui.  Quarantine restrictions were lifted on Oct. 15th for those following the state’s pre-arrival COVID-19 testing requirements.