MERS Research

We have maintained sightings databases of the Humpback and Minke Whales since 2004, with data going back to the 1980s. Our core study area is off NE Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. Research projects include long-term studies of the entanglement rates, site fidelity, prey preferences, energetic requirements, social interactions, and foraging strategies of Humpback Whales; the impacts of commercial fisheries on Killer Whale foraging success; and Minke Whale migration and acoustics. 

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