Seminar-Whales and Dolphins of Papahanaumokuakea

February 4, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
2777 Kalakaua Ave. Add to Calendar

Knowledge of dolphins and whales in Papahanaumokuakea has lagged behind what is known of these species from around the main Hawaiian Islands. But studies in the main Hawaiian Islands can be used to infer how dolphins and whales may use the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands based on what is known from sighting surveys, acoustics, and some limited tagging studies.

This presentation will highlight what is and isn’t known about some of the dolphin and whale species that use Papahanaumokuakea, including resident spinner dolphins and false killer whales, and likely resident Bryde’s whales, bottlenose dolphins, and Cuvier’s beaked whales. Tagging studies off Kauai have shown linkages between the main Hawaiian Islands and Papahanaumokuakea, with false killer whales from the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands population moving between them. Populations of most other species seem likely to use one or the other area, given the ecological differences between the two areas. Much remains to be learned!

Dr. Robin Baird is a Research Biologist with Cascadia Research Collective.

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