Stunning drone videos of whales aid new UH marine mammal research

The effects of climate change, human activities and prey availability on whales and dolphins are new areas of focus for the Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB) Marine Mammal Research Program (MMRP). Using non-invasive technology, such as drones and suction-cup tags, MMRP has already collected breathtaking footage and data on pods of humpback and gray whales at sea.

MMRP had traditionally been focused on acoustics-oriented research. Under new MMRP Director Lars Bejder, the research focus is expanding to include broader themes, many of which support conservation and management objectives. The overall mission of the program is the conservation of marine mammals.

The program recently launched a new website and social media platforms (Twitter and Instagram: MMRP_UH, Facebook: MMRPUH, Youtube: MMRP UH) to build awareness. To help achieve its mission, the program is also accepting donations to fund research initiatives and student scholarships. All donations are tax-exempt.

Read more about it and watch the video report at the UH System News and in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser (subscription required); read more about it at Hawaii News Now.