Short-Finned Pilot Whale Tracking

Cascadia Research Collective (CRC) has been undertaking surveys for odontocetes in Hawaiian waters since 2000. From photo-identification and satellite tagging there is evidence of both an island-associated and a pelagic population of short-finned pilot whales in Hawaiʻi, and several different communities of island-associated pilot whales around the islands, with individuals largely remaining associated with one or two islands. This research is ongoing.

Photo: ©Robin Baird/