The ORCAWALE 2008 survey cruise is a marine mammal assessment survey of the U.S. West Coast waters out to a distance of approximately 300 nautical miles. The primary objectives of the ORCAWALE cruise are to estimate the abundance and to understand the distribution of dolphins and whales which are commonly found off of the west coast. A secondary objective is to characterize the pelagic ecosystem within the study area, through the collection of underway and station-based physical and biological oceanographic sampling, studies of mid-trophic level organisms (using net sampling and acoustic backscatter methods) and research on non-protected apex predators (seabirds). A final objective is to conduct biopsy sampling and photo-identification studies of cetacean species of special interest.

Chief Scientist: Jay Barlow
Survey Coordinator: Annette Henry







Last modified: 12/24/2014