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 included tagging more than 20 individual false killer whales, observing them in their rare social groups (called a Cluster), taking photographs and retrieving biopsy samples from the ocean.
During this project, the research team also worked to document additional species of odontocetes including 6 different groups of pilot whales, one encounter with pygmy killer whales and many varied species of dolphins.
Daniel Webster, Kim Wood, Elle Walters, Colin Cornforth and Robin Baird, all from Cascadia, and a number of volunteers were a part of this research project which was grant supported by Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center and a NOAA Species Recovery Grant to the State of Hawai‘i.
To support projects like this, or for more details and photos check out CascadiaResearch.org.