Pygmy Killer Whale Sightings

Cascadia Research Collective (CRC) has been undertaking surveys for odontocetes in Hawaiian waters since 2000. Pygmy killer whales are one of the least abundant odontocetes in Hawaiian waters. Photo-identification and satellite tagging suggests there are small resident populations of pygmy killer whales off several of the main Hawaiian Islands. Survey CRC1 represents shipborne sightings while survey CRC2 shows positions identified via satellite tags.

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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