Our current studies focus on photo-identification of blue whales, and the distribution and ecology of blue whales throughout their upwelling habitat. Photo-ID involves the use of our small research vessel Bonney Blue, to enable photographic identification of individual whales and to observe and record their behaviour.
Aerial surveys are used to map the changing distribution of the whales, allowing better understanding of their ecology.
We also focus on recording marine biodiversity in the region, not only of cetaceans but of other fauna observed during our surveys.
Other ongoing areas of research interest are the potential effects of climate change and the offshore industry on blue whales and their prey.