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Humpback Whale cooperative feeding
  • Acquired first scientific evidence of cooperation among baleen whales.

  • Pioneered reliable techniques for identifying, and thereby tracking, individual whales through the creation of a computer program which uses categorized images to correlate sightings over seasons and years.

  • Discovered, contrary to the literature, that humpbacks sing a summer feeding song.

  • Determined that humpbacks feed throughout the night.

  • Detected that calves of the year are active feeders of prey.

  • Analyzed the effect of commercial industry and private vessel traffic on humpback whales.

  • Assessed the impact of oil-drilling activities upon the migratory patterns of gray whales.

  • Evaluated the effects of oil exploration upon humpback whales in their Southeast Alaskan feeding grounds.

  • Performed research contracts for the Mineral Management Service, National Marine Fisheries Service, National Park Service, University of Hawaii, University of Alaska, The Center for Long Term Research, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and many others.

  • Presented scientific findings at numerous National Marine Mammal conferences.

  • Contributed images to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration's photo-identification file in a cooperative effort to better understand migratory patterns.



Chronology of Field Work

  • 1976-79   Samoa - Research on the "crown of thorns" starfish Acanthaster and its effects on the coral reefs and program of eradication.    VARUA.

  • 1980   Kingman Reef, South Pacific - Amateur radio expedition.    VARUA.

  • 1980   Hawaiian Islands - Photo identification & acoustic recording of humpback whales with the University of Alaska and Earthwatch.    VARUA.

  • 1981   Tahiti, Tuamotus & Marquesas Islands - Marine mammal surveys.    VARUA.

  • 1981   Southeast Alaska - Impact of vessel traffic on humpback whales (National Marine Fisheries contract).    VARUA.

  • 1981   Southeast Alaska - Educational programs and research on feeding ecology, behavioral characteristics, distribution and census of humpback whales.    VARUA.

  • 1981   Monterey Bay, CA - Educational programs, survey and behavioral studies of the California gray whale.    VARUA.

  • 1982   Southeast Alaska - Educational programs and research on feeding ecology, behavioral characteristics, distribution and census of humpback whales.    VARUA.

  • 1982   Southeast Alaska - Impact of vessel traffic on humpback whales (National Marine Fisheries Service contract).    VARUA.

  • 1982   Monterey Bay, CA - Educational programs, survey and behavioral studies of the California gray whale.    VARUA.

  • 1983   Pacific Ocean off CA central coast - Effect of acoustic stimuli on migrating whales for Environmental Impact Statement (Mineral Management Service).    VARUA.

  • 1983   Channel Islands, CA - Marine mammal surveys.    VARUA.

  • 1983   Monterey Bay - Impact of oil exploration and drilling on migrating humpback whales.    VARUA.

  • 1983   Southeast Alaska - Educational programs and research on feeding ecology, behavioral characteristics, distribution and census of humpback whales. DISCOVERED COOPERATIVE FEEDING.    VARUA.

  • 1983   Southeast Alaska - National Marine Fisheries Service contract studying humpback whales.    VARUA.

  • 1983   Southeast Alaska - Contracted for National Geographic article on feeding behaviors of humpback whales.    VARUA.

  • 1983   Farallon Islands, CA - Contracted for BBC filming of great white sharks with Dr. McKosker of the Steinhart Aquarium.

  • 1983   Monterey Bay, CA - Educational programs, survey and behavioral studies of the California gray whale.    VARUA.

  • 1984   Pacific Ocean off CA central coast - Effect of acoustic stimuli on migrating gray whales for Environmental Impact Statement (Mineral Management Service).    VARUA.

  • 1984   Monterey Bay, CA - Gray whale research and education.    VARUA.

  • 1984   Channel Islands, CA - Marine mammal survey and educational programs.    VARUA.

  • 1984   Southeast Alaska - Contracted for filming of NBC television special "Ocean Quest".

  • 1984   Southeast Alaska - Educational programs and research on cooperative groups, feeding ecology, behavioral characteristics, distribution and census of humpback whales.    VARUA.

  • 1984   Southeast Alaska - Effect of acoustic stimuli on feeding humpback whales (Minerals Management Service contract).    VARUA.

  • 1984-85   Pacific Ocean off central California coast - Gray whales census (National Marine Fisheries Service contract).    VARUA.

  • 1985   Hawaiian Islands - Comparative study of summer and winter humpback behaviors and distribution analysis.    VARUA.

  • 1985   Southeast Alaska - Educational programs and research on cooperative groups, feeding ecology, behavioral characteristics, distribution and census of humpback whales.    VARUA.

  • 1985-86   CA coast - Gray whale census off California coast. National Marine Fisheries contract. Land-based.

  • 1986   Southeast Alaska - Educational programs and research on cooperative groups, feeding ecology, behavioral characteristics, distribution and census of humpback whales.    VARUA.

  • 1987   Southeast Alaska - Educational programs and research on cooperative groups, feeding ecology, behavioral characteristics, distribution and census of humpback whales.    ACANIA and VARUA.

  • 1988   Southeast Alaska - Contracted by Miramar Productions for feature film on our vessel and work "Third Stone from the Sun"    ACANIA and VARUA.

  • 1988   Southeast Alaska - Filming of humpback whale studies for ABC's "Spirit of Adventure" with Jim Fowler for Mutual of Omaha. Contracted by American Adventure Productions.    ACANIA.

  • 1988   Southeast Alaska - Educational programs and research on cooperative groups, feeding ecology, behavioral characteristics, distribution and census of humpback whales.    VARUA.

  • 1989   Southeast Alaska - Educational programs and research on cooperative groups, feeding ecology, behavioral characteristics, distribution and census of humpback whales.    Chartered vessels.

  • 1989   Bering, Beaufort and Chuckchi Sea - Geophysical survey contracted by Ocean Engineering.    ACANIA.

  • 1990   Southeast Alaska - Educational programs and research on cooperative groups, feeding ecology, behavioral characteristics, distribution and census of humpback whales.    ACANIA.

  • 1991   Southeast Alaska - Educational programs and research on cooperative groups, feeding ecology, behavioral characteristics, distribution and census of humpback whales.    Chartered vessels.

  • 1991   Kenai Coast, Prince William Sound, Aleutian Islands - Marine mammal research and survey contracted by University of Alaska.    ACANIA.

  • 1991   Gulf of Alaska to Hawaiian Islands - Drift net entrapment study contracted by National Marine Fisheries Service.    ACANIA.

  • 1991   Hawaiian Islands to Nikumaroro Island in Southern Hemisphere - Expedition to locate and recover Amelia Earhart's aircraft, contracted by The International Group for the Recovery of Ancient Aircraft, LIFE Magazine and NBC.    ACANIA.

  • 1992   Southeast Alaska - Educational programs and research on cooperative groups, feeding ecology, behavioral characteristics, distribution and census of humpback whales.    ACANIA.

  • 1993   Southeast Alaska - Educational programs and research on cooperative groups, feeding ecology, behavioral characteristics, distribution and census of humpback whales.    Chartered vessels.

  • 1994   Southeast Alaska - Educational programs and research on cooperative groups, feeding ecology, behavioral characteristics, distribution and census of humpbacks whales.    ACANIA.

  • 1994   Southeast Alaska - Humpback whale studies filmed by Cinema Direct for the Discovery Channel.    ACANIA.

  • 1995   Southeast Alaska - Educational programs and research on cooperative groups, feeding ecology, behavioral characteristics, distribution and census of humpback whales.    ACANIA.

  • 1995   Southeast Alaska - Contracted by Graphic Films for feature IMAX film "The Triumph of Life".    ACANIA.

  • 1996   Southeast Alaska - Educational programs and research on feeding ecology of humpback whales.    ACANIA.

  • 1996-97   California Coast - Census and behavioral studies of migrating gray whales along California coast. National Marine Fisheries Service contract.    Land based.

  • 1997   Southeast Alaska - Educational programs and research on feeding ecology of humpback whales. Research filmed for three film productions: Discovery, Tesche Dokumentarfilm-Produktion, and as pilot test for mini-series for National Geographic.

  • 1997-98   California Coast - Census and behavioral studies of migrating gray whales along California coast. National Marine Fisheries Service contract.    Land and air based.

  • 1998   Southeast Alaska - Educational programs and research on feeding ecology of humpback whales. Image recognition computer programming development.

  • 1998   Monterey Bay, CA - Educational programs, survey and behavioral studies of the California gray whale.

  • 1999   California Coast - Maritime study programs for youth in Monterey, CA.

  • 2000   Southeast Alaska - Educational programs and research on feeding ecology of humpback whales.

  • 2000-2001   California Coast - Census and behavioral studies of migrating gray whales. National Marine Fisheries Service.    Land-based.

  • 2001   Brazilian Rainforests - Amphibian research in the Mata Atlantica, Pantanal and Amazon River Basin.    Land and sea based.

  • 2001-2002   California Coast - Census and behavioral studies of migrating gray whales. National Marine Fisheries Service/NOAA.    Land-based.

  • 2002   Bahia Brazil - Rainforest/humpback whale research. Land and Sea based.

  • 2003   Amazon Brazil - Rainforest research. Land and Sea based.

  • 2004   Southeast Alaska - Educational programs and research on feeding ecology of humpback whales.

  • 2005   Southeast Alaska - Educational programs and research on feeding ecology of humpback whales.

  • 2006-2007   California Coast - Census and behavioral studies of migrating gray whales. National Marine Fisheries Service. Land-based.

  • 2007   Argentina - Tropical rainforest research of Jaguars, Capuchin & Howler Primates. Land-based.


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