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- Abundance, Survival, Recruitment, and Realized Growth Rates of East Australia Humpback Whales
- Calving Rates and Intervals of East Australian Female Humpback Whales
- Connectivity and Interchange Between Humpback Whale Aggregation Areas along East Australia
- Match My Whale - a Humpback Whale Fluke Identification Project
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- Rate of Interchange Between East Australia and West Australia Humpback Whales
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- Distribution and Accumulation of Marine Debris: Implications for Cetaceans
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- Odontocete Distribution, Abundance, and Life Histories.
- Social Structure of False Killer Whales in Maui Four-Island Region
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Pacific Whale Foundation's research offices are located at our headquarters on Maui, overlooking Ma'alaea Bay.
Our current research studies in Hawaii include the following:
To understand Platforms of Opportunity, such as whalewatching vessels, to collect data on cetacean distribution.
To use citizen science to engage members of the public and promote environmental stewardship, while contributing toward a long-term humpback whale sighting dataset in Maui.
To develop a database of known photo-identified individuals.
To monitor trends in marine debris accumulation and potential overlap with odontocete distribution in waters of the Maui four-island region.
To determine distribution and movement patterns of odontocetes as well as site fidelity and association patterns of known individuals in the four-island region of Maui.
To photo-identify the Hawaiian insular population of false killer whales in order to understand group cohesion and stability, age structure, reproductive rates and association patterns.
We are studying which factors affect the likelihood of collisions between vessels and whales.