Ultimate Leads Official Whale Disentanglement

Saturday January 27th Ultimate Whale Watch owner and marine biologist Lee James got a call to lead the West Maui first responders team to aid the 8th entangled whale of the season (we are now at 11 reported entanglements since this was reported!). “Research is benefiting them long term, but this is short term and it’s exciting work” said Lee, after completing … Read More

Giving the Ocean EARs

EARs- aka Ecological Acoustic Recordersare new technology being used by researchers tomonitor coral reef soundscapes among other purposes! According to NOAA, “The Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center and the Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB), University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, developed the EAR program for these purposes: Next week, Ultimate is working with Researchers Eden, Anke and Megan to refurbish EARs off … Read More

Dolphins, Whales and Research, OH MY!

Yet to be published, Robin Baird, Research Biologist with Cascadia Research Collective and Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, has shared some current results of their work from a resent research project they partnered with Ultimate on!     (Yep these are Melon-Headed whales!) Their research abstracts include info on false killer whales, their social, fishing and population stats; Rough toothed bottlenose dolphins (bet you didn’t know there was such thing), … Read More

Can something as simple as Sunscreen damage the reef and our Marine Eco-System?

Close to 14,000 TONS of sunscreen end up on the reef every year! To promote healthy sunscreen choices that protect the reef, Ultimate is now offering complimentary REEF-SAFE Sunscreen to our guests on all our snorkel trips! When buying sunscreen look for ingredients like titanium or zinc oxide and AVOID the following ingredients: Unfortunately chemical like oxybenzone, draw nutrients from … Read More

Protect the Reef, Protect all Ocean Life

Last month, Ultimate was able to assist with research conducted by the 100 Island Challenge Group. Their campaign has been to conduct surveys of the reef across the Pacific. Why so many studies of our reef systems? Because the ocean’s reef is the beating heart of the rest of the Marine World, here in Hawaii and the rest of the … Read More

Ultimate Helps Support Recent Endangered Species Research

Ultimate Whale Watch and Snorkel was honored to financially support this month’s research project focused on learning more about the endangered False Killer Whales aka Pseudorca. With less than 150 of these animals left in Hawaii, learning how to better protect them is a research priority. Their 3 week project based out of Manele Bay, Lanai was very successful, and … Read More