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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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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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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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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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Taking Out Trash

by Kevin O’Brien A friend of mine from Idaho just said to me, “you know, it’s good to have a job that lets you make piles.” I smiled immediately because I totally agree with him. He said, “There’s nothing like … Continue reading

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