Activity: Humpback Whale Observations

Lead Scientist: Suzie Teerlink, Ph.D.

The purpose of the activity: To collect humpback whale photo ID’s and corresponding data from existing platforms, to be used to help monitor humpback whales in the Juneau area. Photo identifications allow us to track individuals through time, estimate abundance, individual preferences in feeding locations, and document important life history information, such as frequency of calving.

These observations:

    1. Contribute important baseline data for monitoring humpback whales.
    2. Provide an opportunity for more directed research questions.
    3. Engage the public in the scientific process and give them hands-on experience with the data collection process.
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