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Directions to Here: Google Maps gives us a new way of sharing updates with our humpback adopters

What a strange year for sightings! This whale watching season was odd in that we didn’t see as many whales and as frequently as we have in previous years. The population of humpback whales that we research makes a yearly migration to feed in the nutrient-rich and highly productive waters of the 842-square mile Stellwagen…

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Orcas of Sri Lanka

For this blog entry, WDC friend and colleague, Georgina Gemmell, introduces us to the orcas of Sri Lanka. Very little is known about the orcas that are sighted off Sri Lanka’s shores each year, with only a handful of annual encounters, many questions surround this secretive population. But as more people take to the water…

Canaries of the Sea

Beluga whales are known as the “canaries of the sea,” a nickname granted by the high-frequency, sometimes bird-like squawks, chirps, whistles, and trills they make.  Researchers have descriptions of beluga sounds ranging from “rusty gate hinges” to children shouting.  Belugas can change the shape of their melon (the organ used for echolocation) by moving air…

Marine Debris in Stellwagen Bank 2011/2012

Plastic, Balloons, and other Marine Debris, Oh my!

According to the United Nations Environment Program (2005), 8 million pieces of marine debris enter the ocean every single day. This equates to 6.4 million tons each year. Marine debris can include everything from fishing gear (line, hooks, buoys, etc.), food-related waste (food wrappers and plastics), to smoke related waste (cigarette butts, filters, etc.), the…

Trick-For-Treat?!

Belugas are highly social and gregarious creatures, often forming large aggregations in the summer months.   Like the throngs of trick-or-treaters that will be darkening your doorstep later tonight, belugas often form large social hunting groups to track down their next meal, though they don’t usually wear costumes!   Ready for the wrong holiday, but this…

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Seeing Quintuple: A Great Whale Watch During a Challenging Year

A few weeks ago, while aboard a Boston’s Best Cruises whale watch to collect data for Whale and Dolphin Conservation, I saw five humpback whales. That’s right, FIVE of them! This was the greatest number of humpback whales I had seen on a trip since my internship began in late August. Up until this trip,…