Short-finned pilot whales in Hawai'i


In our sample of over 2,000 sightings of odontocetes in Hawaiian waters since 2000, short-finned pilot whales are the most frequently encountered species, representing almost 25% of all odontocete encounters. We have been studying various aspects of the behavior and ecology of short-finned pilot whales in Hawai‘i, photo-identifying individuals in every group encountered (collecting over 80,000 photos), collecting biopsy samples being used for stock structure, pollutant, and trophic ecology studies (over 170 samples), and studying their diving behavior and movement patterns.

More photos and information on short-finned pilot whales encountered during our field projects can be found on our field project web pages

Below are a number of references on short-finned pilot whales

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