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Cascadia Research Collective Studies Hawaiian Marine Life

The exciting marine life encounters of Cascadia Research Collective's recent Hawaii field project.
June 12, 2015

Cascadia Research Collective Studies Hawaiian Marine Life

Maui EcotourismThis week, we'd like to highlight some of the exciting efforts of the Cascadia Research Collective, one of the organizations that our Maui ecotourism business supports. Founded in 1979, this extraordinary non-profit specializes in scientific research and education, with a focus on marine life.

Earlier this month, Cascadia undertook a 7-day field project from Kawaihae, on the Big Island. They chose this location to help them explore further north of the island than usual, where they hoped to get higher sighting rates of two species in particular. These were the false killer whale and the melon-headed whale. Their primary goal was to get LIMPET satellite tags on members of both species, along with any other types of whales and dolphins they encountered.

Satellite tracking is an extremely effective way to collect data on all species, but especially those with migration patterns and broad habitat ranges. They can tell us many things, including where individuals spend the majority of their time, when they are most active, whether their movement patterns are consistent, and can also be helpful in discovering where and how they reach the end of their lives. All this information can help with crucial government policy decisions, conservation efforts, and the education of the public.

Cascadia's efforts were fruitful on this trip, which began on May 31st. They encountered a group of false killer whales, which was the rarest out of three groups that comprise the endangered main Hawaiian Islands population. The group had last been seen in August of 2011, and just a couple of individuals had been spotted since May or 2013, so you can imagine their excitement at this rediscovery. Cascadia's team was able to tag three of the individuals from this group, which was a triumph because none of them had been tagged before, so no one knew where they spent their time. Now they can begin to unravel that mystery.

The team also encountered the melon-headed whales that they were hoping to find. These came from the Kohala Resident population, which is believed to include less than 500 individuals. This encounter was their first with the Kohala Resident population since May 2013. They were able to photo-identify about 100 of the individuals that they encountered out of about 175 that were present at the time. One individual was tagged.

Some of the other species they encountered were short-finned pilot whales, rough-toothed dolphins, and a beautiful whale shark. Cascadia documented their experience with some amazing photos. You can take a look and read more in-depth notes about their journey at www.cascadiaresearch.org. We are proud to support their incredible work through our Maui cruise activities. If you love marine life, just remember that booking one of our cruises will not only provide you with an amazing experience in the beautiful blue Pacific waters of Hawaii, but will also contribute to some of the research pillars in our scientific community. We hope you've enjoyed this entry! Mahalo!

Blogs for June 2015

Molokai Ferry Plight Makes the News

Posted on June 26, 2015
Molokai Ferry Plight Makes the News

Support for the Molokai Ferry is gaining momentum as news agencies inform the public on the unrealistic mandates of the Public Utilities Commission (PUC). Currently, the ferry is operating twice as often as it can afford to, thanks to near empty ridership on certain trips.… Continue Reading

Saving the Molokai Ferry

Posted on June 19, 2015
Saving the Molokai Ferry

Do you enjoy having the freedom to travel by boat to the destination of your choice? Do you like having many different options to choose from, when it comes to travel? Whether you're a Maui vacationer or resident, we strive to make your experience with us a… Continue Reading

Cascadia Research Collective Studies Hawaiian Marine Life

Posted on June 12, 2015
Cascadia Research Collective Studies Hawaiian Marine Life

This week, we'd like to highlight some of the exciting efforts of the Cascadia Research Collective, one of the organizations that our Maui ecotourism business supports. Founded in 1979, this extraordinary non-profit specializes in scientific research and education, with a focus on marine life.

Earlier… Continue Reading

Save the Molokai Ferry

Posted on June 11, 2015

Join the petition to Save Maui's Molokai Ferry!

www.change.org/p/hawaii-state-public-utilities-commission-maui-molokai-locals-visitors-save-the-maui-molokai-ferry-allow-realistic-scheduling

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from the crew at Lahaina Cruise Company

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Molokini Snorkel Tours

Posted on June 05, 2015
Molokini Snorkel Tours

Molokini is a tiny crescent shaped island off Maui's South Shore. Its protective arms encircle a flourishing reef below the surface, blanketing the ocean floor. The reef is home to a teeming array of fascinating marine species too numerous to count. Thanks to the lack of any nearby… Continue Reading

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