Cruise Log

January 9 to 10, 2022

Who was aboard?

Lead Visual Observer and Team Lead: Craig Hayslip
Cetacean Observers (Graduate Students): Dawn Barlow & Miranda Mayhall
Seabird Observers (Graduate Students): Will Kennerley
Echosounder: Dawn Barlow
R/V Pacific Storm Team: Yogi Briggs, Kevin, Kenneth Serven

What did we see?

Dall’s porpoise (Phocoenoides dalli), fur seals, Northern right whale dolphins (Lissodelphis borealis)

Pomarine jaeger (Stercorarius pomarinus), common murre (Uria aalge), rhinoceros auklet (Cerorhinca monocerata), ancient murrelet (Synthliboramphus antiquus), Cassin’s auklet (Ptychoramphus aleuticus) , black-legged kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla), western gull (Larus occidentalis), California gull (Larus californicus), short-billed (mew) gull, herring gull (Larus argentatus) , glaucous-winged gull (Larus glaucescens), Laysan albatross (Phoebastria immutabilis), black-footed albatross (Phoebastria nigripes), northern fulmar (Fulmarus glacialis).

November 20 to 21, 2021

Who was aboard?

Lead Visual Observer and Team Lead: Craig Hayslip
Cetacean Observers (Graduate Students): Dawn Barlow, Rachel Kaplan, Jill Munger, Kelly Lizewski
Seabird Observers (Graduate Students): Will Kennerley
Echosounder: Macarena Diaz Astudillo, Rachel Kaplan
R/V Pacific Storm Team: Yogi Briggs, Kevin, Kenneth Serven

What did we see?

Blue whales (Balaenoptera musculus), Dall’s porpoise (Phocoenoides dalli), California sea lions (Zalophus californianus), humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae), Pacific white-sided dolphins (Lagenorhynchus obliquidens), sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus)


Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator), Pomarine Jaeger (Stercorarius pomarinus), Laysan albatross (Phoebastria immutabilis), black-footed albatross (Phoebastria nigripes), rhinoceros auklet (Cerorhinca monocerata), northern fulmar (Fulmarus glacialis), sooty shearwater (Ardenna grisea), fork-tailed storm-petrel (Oceanodroma furcata), glaucous-winged gull (Larus glaucescens), Iceland gull (Larus glaucoides), herring gull (Larus argentatus), black-legged kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla), common murre (Uria aalge), western gull (Larus occidentalis), California gull (Larus californicus)

October 8 to 9, 2021

Who was aboard?

Principal Investigators: Dr. Leigh Torres, Dr. Holger Klinck
Lead Visual Observer: Craig Hayslip
Graduate Students: Marissa Garcia, Miranda Mayhall, Rachel Kaplan
R/V Pacific Storm Team: Yogi Briggs, Kevin, Kenneth Serven

What did we see?

Northern right whale dolphins (Lissodelphis borealis), a pod of killer whales (Orcinus orca), a fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus), humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae)

The HALO team spotted a fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus), which had rake marks around its dorsal fin — an imprint likely left behind by a shark or a killer whale. Photo: Leigh Torres.
The HALO team is ready to see cetaceans during visual surveys. From left to right clockwise: Leigh Torres, Marissa Garcia, Craig Hayslip, Miranda Mayhall, and Holger Klinck.

To learn more about this voyage, read Miranda Mayhall and Marissa Garcia’s blog for the GEMM Lab below.