Research activities conducted under research permits and following animal ethics approval. The drone operator holds a remote pilot (RePL) license certified by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.
Our research was initiated in 1984 in Hervey Bay, Queensland, which is a migratory stopover for humpback whales on their southern migration. Humpback whales belonging to breeding stock E-1 will visit this sheltered bay as they travel south toward the Antarctic feeding grounds. Hervey Bay is unique because it is neither a breeding nor feeding ground. Mother and calf pairs are of particular interest to our researchers given their use of this resting area to provide maternal care, and our research focuses on long-term monitoring and quantifying potential human and non-human threats these whales face. Hervey Bay is also home to several dolphin species. Our research team collects information from these to help us better understand their population sizes and distribution.
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.