For the second year in a row we have been fortunate to be able to offer an educational day for members of some local communities. Students and their parents and teachers come with us for a day of whale watching, games and some fun beach time. Everyone learns about whales, dolphins and marine science in general. We also discuss the importance of conservation, not just for the marine ecosystem, but all ecosystems. Panama is a country rich with many natural resources, and we are excited to inspire the next generation to protect what makes this country so special!
It is not unusual for us to hear a singing whale through the hull of our boat without the aid of our hydrophone. This means the whale is VERY nearby. The other day we were sitting with the engines off recording a whale that we could easily hear without the hydrophone. As I gazed into the water I saw a dark shape underneath us, and quickly recognized that this was our singing whale. We put our GoPro camera in the water and captured this video of the whale with its head down in typical singing posture. This was a first for our research team!