Short-Finned Pilot Whale Sightings

Cascadia Research Collective (CRC) has been undertaking surveys for odontocetes in Hawaiian waters since 2000. Short-finned pilot whales are among the most frequently encountered odontocetes in deep water around the main Hawaiian Islands. There appear to be island-resident populations in deep waters around all of the main Hawaiian Islands.

Dr. Joseph Mobley of the Marine Mammal Research Consultants (MMRC) led aerial surveys for cetaceans in Hawaiian waters from 1993-2003.

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