Category Archives: Protected Species

HICEAS “Hilite”: Close encounters of the rare kind, the Longman’s beaked whale aka Indopacetus

By Suzanne Yin and Andrea Bendlin HICEAS Lead Cetacean Observers Disclaimer: Biologists, like other groups of people, have a lingo that we use in our daily work.  Just like “a slice to go” means a piece of pizza to take … Continue reading

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From graduate studies in Beaufort, North Carolina, to measuring seas in Hawaii with the Beaufort scale

By Joe Fader and Seth Sykora-Bodie HICEAS Visiting Scientists  Joe and Seth are 3rd-year PhD students at Duke University Marine Lab in Beaufort, North Carolina, and each participated on a leg of HICEAS 2017 as visiting scientists. Entering the third … Continue reading

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A day in the life of the East Island Exiles

How we stayed sane on the smallest island field camp in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands by Marylou Staman Imagine this: You wake up on a cot, under a canvas tent, and blink your eyes, wondering where you are. As you … Continue reading

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Making Science Happen: The Officers and Crew of the Oscar Elton Sette

By Ali Bayless HICEAS Acoustician The objective of the NOAA Ship Oscar Elton Sette is simple: provide a platform to conduct research for the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center. The long hours and hard work that goes on behind the … Continue reading

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HICEAS “Hilite”: Diving into the secret lives of short-finned pilot whales

By Amy Van Cise HICEAS Cetacean Observer It didn’t take many days into the ongoing Hawaiian Islands Cetacean and Ecosystem Assessment Survey (HICEAS) to see short-finned pilot whales. They came, during our second sighting of the cruise, as they so … Continue reading

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Off to a Great Start: the First Leg of HICEAS is Complete

By Erin Oleson HICEAS Chief Scientist The Hawaiian Islands Cetacean and Ecosystem Assessment Survey (HICEAS) of 2017 is a huge effort. The study area covers over 1.8 million square nautical miles (the entire Hawaiian Exclusive Economic Zone). To comprehensively survey … Continue reading

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