We just had our last day of our field season. It was an amazing day, our best yet in terms of numbers of whales! We saw 24 whales total, and it likely would have been more had we not had to leave early to make the trip up the estuary and back to port.
It was a highly successful field season. We surveyed over 1400 miles, saw over 250 whales, and collected photo-identifications of around 80 individuals! We also collected song recordings, skin samples to be used for genetic analysis (from sloughed skin of active whales) and took literally thousands of photographs.
We would like to thank The Moore Foundation, the Islas Secas and several anonymous donors for their support of our research. And thanks to everyone who read the blog! We hope to be back next year!