Monday, February 24, 2014

Check out the blog, "The secret life of whales"

Pilot pod
One of the short-finned pilot whale pods studied today. All marine mammal photos taken under NOAA NMFS Permit No. 14682. Credit: Leighton Rolley
 Aloha all,
Go check out, "The Secret Life Of Whales." I like this link as a way into this blog that follows a student led research effort on deep diving beaked whales. You may see some familiar faces from HIMB! Very cool.
And/or  for a couple of great segments. Click on the videos for each day.
Loading for the cruise at the dock in Honolulu. Credit: Jessica Chen
From Marcie:
"Aloha Teachers,
Scientists from the UH School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) have been granted over 100 days at sea, spread out over the next 6 months, aboard the R/V Falkor, the oceanographic research ship belonging to the Schmidt Ocean Institute (SOI;  SOI is a private non-profit established to advance oceanographic research, discovery, and knowledge, and catalyze sharing of information about the oceans.  

In the spirit of sharing information and passion for ocean exploration, the researchers on the upcoming cruises will be blogging daily activities and new findings.  
The first cruise (Feb. 16 - 22) is the first ever student-led cruise on the R/V Falkor.  UH PhD candidate Adrienne Copeland is the chief scientist for this expedition which will focus on the feeding behavior of whales, specifically, sperm, beaked and short-finned pilot whales.  Read more about the cruise here: 

Follow along as the scientists share blog posts, including video and photos, on life at sea, what it takes to research whale behavior, and what they learn along the way.

Email me ( to sign-up your class to follow our blog now!  The first three classes to sign up will receive a class visit by the scientists on this cruise. Oahu-based classes will be visited in person.  Researchers will do a Skype call with neighbor island classes. 

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