Cruise Log

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.