Tag Archives: dolphins

The Saipan seen: from the big Bryde’s whale to the small spinner dolphin

By Marie Hill, Adam Ü, Allan Ligon, and Tom Ninke After leaving Guam, the Cetacean Research Program conducted small-boat surveys for whales and dolphins off Saipan and Tinian during May 17-26, 2017.  During our second day on the water, we … Continue reading

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#FieldWorkWin: Signing off from Saipan

By Marie Hill, Amanda Bradford, Allan Ligon, and Adam Ü We recently concluded a series of small-boat surveys for whales and dolphins (aka cetaceans) off Saipan in the Mariana Archipelago. Our primary target species was the endangered western North Pacific … Continue reading

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Finding mobile needles in a moving haystack: counting whales and dolphins in Hawaiian waters

By Amanda Bradford A scientific paper was recently published in NOAA’s Fishery Bulletin that provides abundance estimates of whales and dolphins in Hawaiian waters using data from a ship-based survey that took place in 2010. PIFSC scientist and lead author … Continue reading

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A Whale of a Week in Saipan: Dispatches from the Field

By Marie Hill and Amanda Bradford It’s #WhaleWeek and a team of PIFSC scientists is on a mission to find endangered western North Pacific humpback whales off the coast of Saipan in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Marie … Continue reading

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Black, white, and rare: Cetacean Program finds killer whales in the main Hawaiian Islands

This month the Cetacean Research Program at PIFSC has been surveying the waters around the main Hawaiian Islands to better understand the population structure and abundance of a variety of whale and dolphin species.   We’ve brought along a number of … Continue reading

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Big Tale of Dwarf Sperm Whales in the Marianas

By Marie C. Hill, Andrea R. Bendlin, Allan D. Ligon, Adam Ü, and Karlina Merkens After spending five windy days working off Rota (21-25 May 2016) where we encountered spinner dolphins, spotted dolphins and a Mesoplodont beaked whale, we flew … Continue reading

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