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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

HAVE A SPOOKY, SUSTAINABLE HALLOWEEN

Learn how to have a fabulous Halloween while remaining the most sustainable you can be with these tips

PWF PRESENTS AT SUMMER RESEARCH CONFERENCE

Members of Pacific Whale Foundation’s Research team recently attended the 24th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals in Florida. This important conference brought together scientists, policymakers, managers and advocates for five days of presentations, workshops and constructive dialogue. Four team members attended the conference with support from PWF Member Grant Crosby who donated … 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

Ocean Guardians: Together We Rise

Ocean Guardians, created by PWF Documentary Filmmaker Selket Kaufman, recounts the journey of humpback whales as they migrate between Alaska and Hawai‘i while illuminating PWF’s ongoing work to save the species and restore the delicate balance between humankind and marine life.

ENDANGERED SPECIES DAY: FALSE KILLER WHALES OF HAWAIʻI

Today, May 20, is Endangered Species Day, a day to celebrate, learn about and take action to protect threatened and endangered species. One of Pacific Whale Foundation’s (PWF) top research priorities is studying the endangered population of false killer whales found in Hawai‘i. False killer whales (Pseudorca crassidens) are a large species of dolphin belonging … Continued

YOUR NEXT ECOTOUR COULD BE FREE!

This Sunday we celebrate World Whale Day! This is a day of global recognition of cetacean (whales and dolphins) conservation, spearheaded by late PWF founder Greg Kaufman and observed since our founding in 1980.   In honor of this year’s World Whale Day, we are pleased to announce the launch of Finders Free. The Finders … Continued

2021 PWF Research, Education and Conservation Wrap-up

Wondering what PWF’s Research, Education and Conservation programs accomplished last year? Find out here! RESEARCH With more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific and conservation-focused publications, reports and books published since 1980, PWF researchers work to identify and assess major threats to cetaceans around the world and develop science-based solutions to mitigate these issues. In 2021, we … Continued