Participate in Humpback
Can I be a Whale Researcher?
Passengers aboard our new, stable, 70' Catamaran,
can become active participants in our Humpback Whale research project. Assist with
collection of critical information such as pod configuration, latitude and longitude of
sightings, whale behavior, and, of course, individual whale identification.
Humpback whales have fingerprints?
The underside of the tail of a Humpback whale is like a fingerprint,
unique to each individual. By submitting a picture of this unique pattern,
you can help facilitate this vital world-wide research project. All
identification photos along with data sheets returned to our whale center
will be scanned and entered into our database.
You can access WHALENET,
which is funded by the National Science Foundation, through the
Internet and continue to follow and be involved with this ongoing project.
Island Marine has been an avid supporter of whale research and education
since 1988. Contributions have been made as donations of money and
resources. Some of the agencies we have supported in the past are:
- Whale Aid
- University of Hawaii -- Oahu
- Center For Whale Studies -- Maui
- Hawaii Whale Research Foundation -- Maui
- Sal Cerchio -- Kauai Humpback Project
Make your reservations
for one of our Lahaina Cruise Company Whale Watching Cruises from December
through April and you
can participate in this exciting research project.
If you are interested in pursuing further humpback whale research, consider our
Island Marine Institute Executive Director,
Dr. Joseph Mobley
Dr. Mobley has been researching cetaceans (whales and dolphins) since 1978. His primary focus has been humpback whales. He received
his Ph.D. from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 1984 in the area of comparative psychology (the study of animal behavior). More recently, his research
interests have focused on communication, distribution and abundance of marine mammals in Hawaii. Dr. Mobley is currently a Professor at the University of
Hawaii, West Oahu.
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