Tag Archives: Northwestern Hawaiian Islands

HICEAS Hilite: False killer whales, they’re just going through a phase

By Erin Oleson and Amanda Bradford HICEAS Chief Scientist and HICEAS Cruise Leader One of the primary goals for a ship-based survey like the Hawaiian Islands Cetacean and Ecosystem Assessment Survey (HICEAS) is to collect the data we need to … Continue reading

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HICEAS Hilite: [Dolphin] Dinosaurs Still Exist

By Shannon Coates and Mark Cotter HICEAS Lead Acoustician and HICEAS Cetacean Observer With the the Hawaiian Islands Cetacean and Ecosystem Assessment Survey (HICEAS) of 2017 winding down, we were approached by our Cruise Leaders about writing a blog about … Continue reading

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HICEAS Hilite: Dolphins from the Outer Limits

By Paula Olson and Shannon Coates HICEAS Lead Observer and HICEAS Lead Acoustician One of the joys of participating in offshore surveys like the Hawaiian Islands Cetacean and Ecosystem Assessment Survey (HICEAS) of 2017 is the opportunity to see rare … Continue reading

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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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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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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 (Globicephala macrorhynchus). They came, during our second sighting of the cruise, as … Continue reading

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