Tag Archives: Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument

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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It Takes Two: The Conservation Adventures of the Loneliest Monk Seal Camp

Keelan B. and Brittany D. comprised our monk seal team at Lisianski Island.  This is the only camp that has only two field researchers making it critical that they get along and can work together.  They had a busy season … Continue reading

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The Beginning of the End…of the Season: The 19-day mission to recover monk seal field camps and save seals

This morning the sun rose into a clear blue sky, the wind gently tousled the flags on the ship’s masts, and the sea rolled slow and steady with barely a ripple on the surface.  These are perfect conditions for our … Continue reading

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HICEAS Hilite: Killer whales in the tropics

By Adam Ü and Paula Olson HICEAS Cetacean Observers 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 … Continue reading

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The People Aboard NOAA’s ARC: Teams Pearl & Hermes and Kure

Get to know the bold field biologists stationed on remote islands for NOAA’s Hawaiian Monk Seal Assessment & Recovery Camps. Every year (since the 1980s!), the NOAA Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program has deployed camps in the remote Northwestern Hawaiian … Continue reading

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