A Collaboration to Study Dolphin Sounds
For two weeks, the National Geographic Society Marine Mammal team worked with Ocean Exploration Trust aboard E/V Nautilus to build on decades of scientific studies and centuries of Indigenous knowledge about marine mammals in the Hawaiian Islands. As part of the From Shore to the Abyss partnership program, the team tested new technology to study cetacean vocalization in the waters of Maui, Lanai, and Hawai’i Island while creating educational resources to foster the explorer mindset and scientific inquiry in the next generation of marine mammal researchers.
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.