In collaboration with other whale research groups in British Columbia, we are building a coast-wide identification catalogue for humpback whales. This project will enable us to understand the broader picture in regards to habitat use and social relationships of humpback whales. This project is a great example of how working together, researchers will have the opportunity to gain insight into the life of a marine mammal that not only travels great distances from day to day but spends most of the time out our sight, beneath the surface, in a world we know little about. More to come in the following months as this project takes flight.
Humpback whale identification
Each whale has a unique pattern on the underside of its tail fluke, which can be used as a fingerprint for researchers to identify individual whales.