Snapshots From the Field: Marine Mammals in Hawai'i
As part of our From Shore to the Abyss program in partnership with the National Geographic Society, the marine mammal team has spent the last two weeks onboard E/V Nautilus building on decades of scientific studies and centuries of Indigenous knowledge about marine mammals in the Hawaiian Islands. Led by National Geographic Explorer Matthias Hoffmann-Kuhnt, the international team tested new technology to study cetacean vocalization in the waters of Maui, Lanai, and Hawai’i Island.
This work was done under NOAA Permit 19655 issued to Dr. Adam Pack.
From Shore to the Abyss: Exploration of Marine Mammal Communication and Shark Communities in the Main Hawaiian Islands
In our first leg of the brand-new expedition series From Shore to the Abyss, we are teaming up with (and receiving funding from) the National Geographic Society to study shallow waters near Maui and Hawaiʻi island. Project teams on this leg will combine cutting-edge technologies with indigenous Hawaiian knowledge to increase knowledge and understanding of marine life. The work will focus on sharks and marine mammals—apex predators who are culturally significant to the Hawaiian people.