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Rocky and Kaimana

Jessie Bohlander On June 29th, 2017, for reasons we will never know, Rocky (RH58), a 17 year old female Hawaiian monk seal decided to have her tenth pup at one of her favorite haul out sites on Oahu: Kaimana Beach, … Continue reading

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HICEAS Hilite: Killer whales in the tropics

By Adam Ü and Paula Olson The killer whale (Orcinus orca) may be the most recognizable marine mammal on the planet thanks to its striking appearance and prolific presence in pop culture (think Shamu, Free Willy, and Blackfish). If there’s … Continue reading

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Eavesdropping on the ocean

A day in the life of a cetacean acoustician By Shannon Coates and Rachel Holton Early mornings–late evenings–listening some of the world’s most majestic marine mammals… welcome to the life of an acoustician at sea. Using a unique set of … Continue reading

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Benny and the Genes

By Stacie Robinson What does “aaaaaaaaaaggaattgtgaagactatat” mean to you? To the scientists of NOAA’s Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program, it means the beginning of  a new era of conservation research that will help them better understand this unique Hawaiian species … Continue reading

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Made ya look!

By Rachel Holton Visual observers are vital to locating cetaceans (whales and dolphins) during the ongoing Hawaiian Islands Cetacean and Ecosystem Assessment Survey (HICEAS). The role of an observer is to scan the surface of the water using 25-powered binoculars … Continue reading

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READY, SET, LOAD!

What does it take to prepare for a 187-day research mission? By Rachel Holton The 2017 Hawaiian Islands Cetacean and Ecosystem Assessment Survey (HICEAS, pronounced “high-seas”) is a 187-day survey for cetaceans (whales and dolphins) and seabirds within the U.S. … Continue reading

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