Friday, October 21, 2011

Day 1 in the field. 6 a.m. start. See us packing the one of the sighting vessels and getting read to head out for the day.  Water was calm and great sighting conditions. Although we did not see our goal species we saw several different odontocete species.. Species sited included pigmy killer whales (Feresa attenuata) and short-finned pilot whales (Globicephala macrorhynchus).  Our collaborators, Cascadia Research, photo-id'd several of the Feresa and attached satellite tracking tags to several of the pilot whales. Cascadia's team, led by Robin Baird, is updating the broader information about their collaborative population structure projects and progress on this trip.  In addition to Robin, this research team includes:  Russ Andrews of the University of Alaska Fairbanks/Alaska SeaLife Center, Aliza Milette of the University of Hawai‘i, Dan McSweeney of the Wild Whale Research Foundation, and Jessica Aschettino, Greg Schorr, and Daniel Webster.  Paul Nachtigall (U. Hawaii) and Peter Tyack (WHOI and Univ. of St. Andrews) are collaborators and Co-PI's on this project.

No comments:

Post a Comment