April 3rd - Research Survey with Keta Coastal Conservation
April 3rd, 2018:
We were thrilled to host Keta Coastal Conservation on our boat "Cascadia" for their first research marine survey of the season.
Much of Keta's work focuses on the growing humpback whale population in the southern Salish Sea. Keta has catalogued over 50 humpbacks, including more than 20 whales previously unknown to scientists.
Spending time with an individual or group of humpback whales is the best way to learn about their habits and behaviours. Keta utilizes transect surveys and focal follow research methodologies to collect data on prey type, preferred feeding habitats, behaviour (e.g. feeding, resting, social, travelling and diving) and more.
All research conducted by Keta is non-invasive: They observe from a distance and do not interfere with the animals' behavior or collect tissue/skin samples.
It's still early, so there haven't been many humpbacks around, and none were found on Keta's survey. But hey, no data is still data! We're looking forward to hosting Keta again on their next research survey in May.
To learn more about Keta Coastal Conservation, or to donate, visit their website at www.ketacoastalconservation.org.
Big thanks to captain Mike of Vancouver Island Whale Watch for volunteering his time at the helm!