My colleagues at NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center are currently out on a winter survey for cetaceans and seabirds around the Hawaiian Islands. Surveys are normally done in the summer, so this WINTER survey is exciting - Follow along with this story map!
I've spent over a year of my life at sea, looking and listening for marine mammals in the California Current, Gulf of Mexico, as well as throughout the Hawaiian and Galápagos Islands.
Going out to sea for weeks at a time allows me to deploy acoustic recorders and survey remote marine ecosystems. I tweet, blog and make videos to show landlubbers what it's like to be a marine biologist on the high seas.
You can learn a lot by listening...