Studying Whales and Dolphins in the Hawaiian Archipelago

May 1, 2020

Robin Baird, Research Biologist, Cascadia Research Collective

Long-term small-boat based studies in the main Hawaiian Islands have revealed amazing information on 11 resident species of whales and dolphins, as well as migratory and open-ocean species that visit the islands. Studies in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands have been more limited due to logistics of vessel surveys. Comparisons of sightings and tagging data from the two areas suggest that there are resident populations of many species of dolphins and whales in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument that have yet to be recognized. Join research biologist Robin Baird of Cascadia Research Collective who will compare what is, and isn’t, known about whales and dolphins throughout the Hawaiian archipelago.

This distance learning event is an extension of the Kauai Ocean Discovery First Friday Speaker Series.

Education Materials

Presentation Slides

False Killer Whale Overview

Viewing Marine Wildlife in Hawai`i