About the Cetacean Research Program

Spinner Dolphins
Spinner dolphins approach Anu'u Island in American Samoa. Photo credit: Ed Lyman, HIHWNMS

PIFSC cetacean research is concerned with populations of whales and dolphins in the central and western Pacific Ocean. Effective conservation of cetacean populations requires an understanding of stock structure, abundance, habitat use, natural and anthropogenic threats, and estimates of reproduction and mortality rates. Our Research Program currently uses a broad suite of techniques to collect these data and accomplish our mission: