Cruise Log

July 14 to 15, 2022

Who was aboard?

Lead Cetacean Observer and Team Lead: Craig Hayslip Cetacean Observers: Dawn Barlow, Rachel Kaplan, Jill Munger, Amanda Kent & Randalynn Keeney
Seabird Observers: Alexa Piggot & Suzie Winquist
R/V Pacific Storm Team: Yogi Briggs, Kevin Cool, & Kenneth Serven

What did we see?

Humpback whales, fin whales, a California sea lions, & a harbor porpoise.

Humpback whale

Artic tern, ashy storm petrel, black-footed albatross, Brandt’s cormorants, Cassin’s auklet, common murre, fork-tailed storm petrel, Heermann’s gull, Leach’s storm petrel, marbled murrelet, northern fulmar, parasitic jager, pelagic cormorant, pink-footed shearwater, red-necked phalarope, Sabine’s gull, sooty shearwater, western gull.

Northern fulmar

June 7 to 8, 2022

Who was aboard?

Lead Scientist: Holger Klinck Cetacean Observers: Imogen Lucciano, Rachel Kaplan, & Renee Albertson
Seabird Observer: Alexa Piggot
Rockhopper Team: Holger Klinck, Derek Jaskula, Kenneth Serven, & Marissa Garcia
R/V Pacific Storm Team: Yogi Briggs, Kevin Cool, & Kenneth Serven

What did we see?

Fin whales, a sei whale, northern fur seals, pacific white-sided dolphins, northern right whale dolphins, humpback whales, and a sea otter.

Pacific white-sided dolphins

Black-footed albatross, fork-tailed storm petrel, Leach’s storm petrel, marbled murrelet, sooty shearwater, western gulls, pink-footed shearwater, northern fulmar, & common murres.

January 9 to 10, 2022

Who was aboard?

Lead Visual Observer and Team Lead: Craig Hayslip
Cetacean Observers: Dawn Barlow & Imogen Lucciano
Seabird Observers: Will Kennerley
Echosounder: Dawn Barlow
R/V Pacific Storm Team: Yogi Briggs, Kevin Cool, & Kenneth Serven

What did we see?

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

northern fur seal

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).

albatross

November 20 to 21, 2021

Who was aboard?

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

blue whale

October 8 to 9, 2021

Who was aboard?

Lead Scientists: Dr. Leigh Torres, Dr. Holger Klinck
Cetacean Observers: Craig Hayslip & Imogen Lucciano Echosounder: Rachel Kaplan
R/V Pacific Storm Team: Yogi Briggs, Kevin Cool, & 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, Imogen Lucciano, and Holger Klinck.

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