Updates from our August 2022 Kaua‘i Field Project

We are planning an 8-10 day field project off Kaua’i starting on August 16th. This project is funded by the U.S. Navy as part of their Marine Species Monitoring Program and is timed to occur prior to a Submarine Command Course (SCC). Our primary goal is to deploy LIMPET satellite tags on one or more species of odontocete cetaceans prior to the SCC, to be able to examine their behavior before, during, and after the SCC. This approach has been very successful in the past as a way of examining how different species respond to Navy training activities including mid-frequency active sonar (MFAS). If you want to see some of the results of this work from prior field projects check out this report from 2021.

This will be the 14th year we’ve worked off Kaua’i (our first project there was in May and June 2003), and our 19th field effort off the island. In addition to our primary goal, these efforts contribute to our general understanding of what species of whales and dolphins use the area around Kaua’i and Ni’ihau, and photos obtained feed in to our photo-identification catalogs for many different species. Our last field effort off Kaua’i was in August 2021 – the project web page and a report we prepared on that effort provides a lot more information.

Check back on August 17th for an update!

Blainville's beaked whale, Mesoplodon densirostris, Kauai, Hawaii
An adult male Blainville’s beaked whale encountered during our last project off Kaua’i, on August 11, 2021

Photos on this page were taken under NMFS Scientific Permit No. 20605

Contact Robin Baird (rwbaird “at” cascadiaresearch “dot” org) for more information