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Sailing the High Seas: Two Decades of Counting Whales and Dolphins in Hawaiian Waters

The Hawaiian Islands Cetacean and Ecosystem Assessment Surveys of 2002, 2010, and 2017 provided critical data on the sizes of whale and dolphin populations. With HICEAS 2023 underway, we reflect on what we have learned about cetacean abundance in Hawaiʻi.
August 22, 2023 - Survey ,
Two pilot whales bob their bodies out of the water while looking at researchers. Two short-finned pilot whales spyhop at researchers on a small boat, launched from the NOAA Ship Oscar Elton Sette (in the background) during HICEAS 2017. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Paula Olson (Permit #20311)

Surveying Whales and Dolphins During a Pandemic

Researchers “quaran-teamed” for the Marianas research expedition in the name of science.
July 09, 2021 - Survey ,
A screenshot of a MACS daily virtual meeting. A serenade for a team member’s birthday during a daily virtual meeting. Photo: NOAA Fisheries.

That's a Wrap: HICEAS 2017 is Complete!

HICEAS: Hawaiian Islands Cetacean and Ecosystem Assessment Survey

Highlights from the seventh and final leg of a 6-month project.
December 29, 2017 - Research ,
3788x2841-01_LaskerLeg4-NOAA-PIFSC.jpg Lasker Leg 4 science team adorned with Hawaiian leis just before departing Honolulu on November 15, 2017. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Amanda Bradford

HICEAS Hilite: False Killer Whales - They’re Just Going Through a Phase

HICEAS: Hawaiian Islands Cetacean and Ecosystem Assessment Survey

Searching for false killer whales in the Hawaiian Islands.
December 22, 2017 - Research ,
600x4000-01_FKWBurst-NOAA-PIFSC.jpg In a burst of speed, a false killer whale slices the water surface. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Bernardo Alps (Permit #20311)