Tag Archives: Protected Species

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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How a Land-locked Teacher gets an A+ and Sea-Salty Memories for Life

By Amanda Bradford and Rachel Holton When Staci DeSchryver–an Oceanography, Meteorology, and Earth Science teacher at Cherokee Trail High School in Aurora, CO–starts her Oceanography class each year, she warns her students, “If you think being an oceanographer means you’re … Continue reading

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HICEAS Hilite: Killer whales in the tropics

By Adam Ü and Paula Olson 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 Blackfish). If there’s … Continue reading

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Eavesdropping on the ocean

A day in the life of a cetacean acoustician By Shannon Coates and Rachel Holton Early mornings–late evenings–listening some of the world’s most majestic marine mammals… welcome to the life of an acoustician at sea. Using a unique set of … Continue reading

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Benny and the Genes

By Stacie Robinson What does “aaaaaaaaaaggaattgtgaagactatat” mean to you? To the scientists of NOAA’s Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program, it means the beginning of  a new era of conservation research that will help them better understand this unique Hawaiian species … Continue reading

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Made ya look!

By Rachel Holton Visual observers are vital to locating cetaceans (whales and dolphins) during the ongoing Hawaiian Islands Cetacean and Ecosystem Assessment Survey (HICEAS). The role of an observer is to scan the surface of the water using 25-powered binoculars … Continue reading

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