Marine Mammal Locations

Hi all.  Following on from the excellent podcast with Bob Pitman and some brief chats with Jon – I have put together some notes on finding marine mammals around the world, based on my experience guiding boat based trips around the world for the last 20 years.  This document includes an annotated list of where I have seen some cetacean species around the world and then a description of some of the possibilities on ship-based expeditions I have guided around the world with a focus on the more poorly known species.  I hope this information is interesting and useful to some of you.  We would be really interested to hear of other regular spots to see some of the more poorly known species and encourage folks to leave comments if they have good sites for the uncommon species.  Cheers!  Adam

 

Marine Mammal Notes by Adam Walleyn adamwalleyn@gmail.com

 

NWP = Northwest Passage

NAO = North Atlantic Odyssey

BDU = Birding Down Under

AO = Atlantic Odyssey

WPO = West Pacific Odyssey

RFE = Russian Far East

RWPIC = Remote West Pacific Islands Cruise

??? = not seen by me

 

Southern Right Whale

North Atlantic Right Whale – land based Cape Cod mid March to mid May

North Pacific Right Whale – slim chance southern part of RFE June and July (Ring of Fire, Siberia’s Forgotten Coast with HE)  I’ve only seen it once in northern Kurils

Bowhead Whale – NWP, NAO, Wrangel Island trip, land based Shantar Islands, Floe Edge mid/late June

Pygmy Right Whale – subantarctic convergence – very slim chance on BDU and AO…I’ve only seen it once couple hundred miles north of South Georgia

Gray Whale

Common Minke Whale

Dwarf Minke Whale – rare in subantarctic waters and even Antarctic peninsula sometimes; widespread in tropical waters but generally hard to see/identify there

Antarctic Minke Whale – common any Antarctic trip

Sei Whale – many places but entrance to Beagle Channel most reliable I know

Bryde’s Whale

Eden’s Whale – ??? I’m a bit unclear about distinction between Bryde’s and Eden’s

Blue Whale

Omura’s Whale – Raja Ampat, eastern Indonesia

Fin Whale

Humpback Whale

Sperm Whale

Pygmy Sperm Whale – seen just a handful of times in deep trenches in Solomons Islands seems much rarer than sima (WPO)

Dwarf Sperm Whale – tropical water deep drop-offs not uncommon, Solomon Islands best place (WPO, AO)

Arnoux’s Beaked Whale – Ross Sea regular north of McMurdo ice edge

Sato’s Beaked Whale – Kuril Islands

Baird’s Beaked Whale – Commander Islands – sw side of Bering Island usually reliable

Cuvier’s Beaked Whale – regular in any deep tropical waters – WPO, AO, etc

Northern Bottlenose Whale – Jan Mayen (NAO)

Southern Bottlenose Whale –Drake Passage and Scotia Sea, south of New Zealand

Shepherd’s Beaked Whale – occasional Tristan da Cunha, Chathams Islands ie near islands along subantarctic convergence (AO, BDU)

Tropical Bottlenose Whale – deep drop offs New Caledonia and Solomon Islands (WPO)

Sowerby’s Beaked Whale – ??? the Gully off eastern Canada (Sable Island trip with Adventure Canada)

Andrew’s Beaked Whale – seen a male once in the Bounty Trench (BDU)

Hubb’s Beaked Whale – seen pod containing males once on shelf off Honshu

Blainville’s Beaked Whale – most common warm water mesoplodont (WPO)

Gervais’ Beaked Whale – Brian Patteson’s Hatteras trips

Gingko-toothed Beaked Whale – seen male at Torishima once but we suspect its pretty common there (WPO)

Gray’s Beaked Whale – common on Chatham Rise (BDU), sometimes in Scotia Sea

Hector’s Beaked Whale – ???

Deraniyagala’s Beaked – ???

Strap-toothed Beaked Whale – regular in Scotia Sea, Drake Passage, south of NZ

True’s Beaked Whale – ???

Perrin’s Beaked Whale – ???

Pygmy Beaked Whale – ???

Stejneger’s Beaked Whale – Bering Sea crossing from Kamchatka to Commander Islands

Spade-toothed Beaked Whale – ???

Ganges River Dolphin –  Chambal

Indus River Dolphin – Harike Punjab

Araguain Boto – ???

Bolivian Boto – ???

Pink River Dolphin

Franciscana – Ilha Comprida

Narwhal – Floe Edge, NWP

Beluga

Atlantic White-sided Dolphin – off Maritimes and New England

White-beaked Dolphin – NAO

Peale’s Dolphin – Falklands

Hourglass Dolphin – Antarctic convergence

Pacific White-sided Dolphin – west coast USA/Canada

Dusky Dolphin – New Zealand, South Africa, etc

Irawaddy Dolphin – Mekong River in Cambodia

Australian Snubfin – ??? Darwin

Short-beaked Common Dolphin

Long-beaked Common Dolpin – Channel Islands

Fraser’s Dolphin – Solomons and eastern Indonesia (WPO, RWPIC)

Tucuxi

Guiana Dolphin

Indopacific Humpbacked Dolphin – ???  Hong Kong

Indian Humpbacked Dolphin – from land De Hoop SA

Australian Humpbacked Dolphin – Queensland

Atlantic Humpbacked Dolphin – Arguin Bank Mauritania

Pantropical Spotted Dolphin

Clymene Dolphin – open ocean south or northn of Asenscion (AO)

Striped Dolphin – widespread but spotty; volcanic islands south of Japan most regular spot I know (WPO)

Atlantic Spotted Dolphin – Hatteras trips, Canary Islands

Spinner Dolphin

Rough-toothed Dolphin – widespread but uncommon in tropics Ascension Island reliable (AO)

Indopacific Bottlenose

Common Bottlenose

Short-finned Pilot Whale

Long-finned Pilot Whale

Pygmy Killer Whale – Solomon Islands (WPO), Humboldt current good too

Risso’s Dolphin

Melon-headed Whale – Solomon Islands, eastern Indo, volcanic islands south of Japan (WPO, RWPIC)

False Killer Whale

Northern Right Whale Dolphin – ??? Monterey

Southern Right Whale Dolphin – subantarctic convergence: Chatham Rise, north of South Georgia (BDU, AO)

Commerson’s Dolphin – Falklands

Chilean Dolphin – southern Chilean fiords

Heaviside’s Dolphin – West Coast NP

Hector’s Dolphin – Banks Peninsula, etc. NZ

Narrow-ridged Finless Porpoise – ???

IndoPacific Finless Porpoise – ??? Hong Kong

East Asian Finless Porpoise – ???  unclear about these splits

Spectacled Porpoise – slim chance near Antarctic convergence – have seen once in Scotia Sea and once in Drake Passage

Harbor Porpoise

Vaquita – ???

Burmeister’s Porpoise – Humboldt current coastal areas of northern Chile and southern Peru

Dall’s Porpoise

 

A Marine Mammal Enthusiasts Quick Guide to Ship-Based Expeditions

 

These are my impressions of marine mammals possible on the various ship-based expeditions I’ve guided around the world.  The emphasis on these notes is for the more uncommon species and just based solely on my impressions of doing these trips, normally several to many times.  Every trip is different.  Its also worth noting that unless specifically mentioned these trips are not dedicated marine mammal watching trips and so don’t expect deviations in itinerary to search for these species or even for the boat to change its course if these species are encountered.

 

Southern Ocean

Antarctic Peninsula trips – A well known and well traveled route.  Beagle Channel at start and end of trip excellent for Sei Whale (especially near channel entrance), very slim chance of Burmeister’s Porpoise.  Crossing to Falklands reliable for bow-riding Peales Dolphin.  Falkland Islands almost sure bet for Peale’s and Commerson’s Dolphin, also chance for Right and Sei Whale.  Crossing to South Georgia can be phenomenal for numbers and variety including Blue and amazing numbers of Fin.  Strap-toothed Whale is regular on this crossing and Gray’s Beaked Whale occasional.  Very slim chance of Spectacled Porpoise.  South Georgia good for Blue and Right Whale and incredible numbers of Antarctic Fur Seal and Southern Elephant Seal.  Crossing to peninsula also can have amazing concentrations of large whales especially Fin with chance of Blue.  Hourglass Dolphin is reliable on this crossing as is  Southern Bottlenose Whale (usually multiple sightings); Strap-toothed Whale is also regular on this crossing.  Peninsula usually produces Orca, Humpback and Antarctic Minke, rarely Dwarf Minke which can be playful with boats and rarely Arnoux’s Beaked Whale in South Shetlands.  Wedell, Crabeater and Leopard Seals all expected.  Drake Passage good for Southern Bottlenose Whale and sometimes Type D Orca.

 

Ross Sea trips – a long trip south from New Zealand.  A huge diversity of cetaceans occur along the way but it is often rather quiet.  Southern Bottlenose Whale and Hourglass Dolphin good bets and Strap-toothed Whale fairly regular as well.  Blue and Right Whale possible.  The subantarctic islands south of New Zealand have large numbers of Hooker’s Sea Lion.  There usually isn’t much pack ice at north end of Ross Sea but when there is Ross’ Seal can be common.  The fast ice edge down at the bottom of the Ross Sea seems reliable for Arnoux’s Beaked Whale.  Type C Orca is very common in Ross Sea.

 

East Antarctica – most years Heritage Expeditions run a trip from NZ to East Antarctica.  Apart from the usual southern ocean stuff this trip usually encounters quite a bit of pack ice which normally has Ross’s Seal on it.

 

South Indian Ocean – ships rarely venture to the subantarctic islands of the Indian Ocean sector (French and South African authorities have made it almost impossible to land on their islands) – the one time I headed down this way for a long trip I didn’t see anything but the usual southern ocean species.

 

Eastern New Zealand subantarctics – most of these islands subs are readily visited on any Antarctic  trip from NZ, but only occasional trips are made out to the eastern islands of Bounty, Antipodes and Chatham and these are the most interesting from a cetacean perspective.  I’ve had a very close encounter with male Andrew’s Beaked Whale in the Bounty Trough north of the Bounties.  The Antipodes often have Subantarctic Fur Seal on them.  The Chatham Islands are a very exciting area.  Based on strandings they probably have the greatest beaked whale diversity anywhere.  The Chatham Rise in particular (running between Chathams and New Zealand) is amazing.  I once saw in a single day 14 pods of Gray’s Beaked Whale totally overing 100 individual.  They are the most common beaked whale there but I have also seen Sheperd’s, Strap-toothed and Southern Bottlenose and there are surely others, though most of the rest would be tough/impossible to identify.  Chatham Rise is a regular (but not every trip) place for Southern Right Whale Dolphin and Pygmy Right Whale has been documented there but not seen by me there!

 

Tropics

Ships running from the southern hemisphere to northern often put on repositioning cruises and these are some of the best ways to access the tropical regions for marine mammal watching.

 

Humboldt current – up the west coast of South America.  Chilean fiords for Chilean Dolphin.  Further north coast of Chile excellent for Blue, Fin and Sei.  Burmeister’s Porpoise in coastal areas of northern Chile and southern Peru (Arica and Callao two good areas).  Further north still off northern Peru, Ecuador and Colombia can be good for a variety of dolphins (including Striped), blackfish (including Pygmy Killer) and possibly beaked (potentially including Peruvian Beaked Whale).

 

Mid Atlantic Ridges/Atlantic Odyssey – Antarctica to Europe.  Can be an epic cetacean watching trip.  Starts off in Antarctica in April  when large whale feeding concentrations are at their peak and can be mindblowing.  Crossing from South Georgia to Tristan da Cunha can be very exciting:  Southern Right Whale Dolphin is regular, it is the only place I have seen Pygmy Right Whale.  Good numbers of Blue Whale sometimes and good chances for Strap-toothed and possibly other beaked whales.  The Tristan/Gough group is noteable for large numbers of Subantarctic Fur Seal and have had very friendly Sheperd’s Beaked Whale pod right off Nightingale Island.  Crossing north to St Helena tend to be very quiet.  Long crossings north to Ascension and Cape Verde generally quiet but can be very good including sometimes large pods of Clymene Dolphin, Striped Dolphin and chances for Cuvier’s and Mesoplodon beaked whales (good luck identifying them!) and Dwarf Sperm Whale.  Ascension Island is great for bow-riding Rough-toothed Dolphin plus Bottlenose Dolphins hunting flyingfish around anchored boat at night.  Trip often continues through Macaronesian Islands of Cape Verde, Canaries, Salvagems and Madeira via Arguin Bank.  Great numbers and diversity in this area including False Killer Whale, Risso’s and Atlantic Spotted Dolphin, Cuvier’s and Blainville’s Beaked Whale, plus Blue, Fin and Bryde’s, megapods of Common Dolphin, etc.  I’ve seen Atlantic Humpbacked Dolphin on Arguin Bank on this trip and there is a slim chance of Mediterranean Monk Seal around Madeira.

 

West Pacific Odyssey – New Zealand to Japan.  Another really interesting trip for tropical cetaceans.  Crossings from New Zealand to Norfolk Island and on to New Caledonia can have Striped Dolphin, False Killer Whale, Cuvier’s and Blainville’s Beaked Whale and Blue and Bryde’s.  Steep drop-offs around New Caledonia can have Tropical Bottlenose Whale and Cuvier’s and Blainville’s Beaked Whale.  The many steep drop-offs and trenches around the Solomon Islands and eastern New Guinea are in my experience the best tropical cetacean watching in the world, certainly so for diversity.  Particularly good for blackfish (Pygmy Killer, False Killer, Melon-headed and Short-finned Pilot) along with Fraser’s and Rough-toothed Dolphin, both Dwarf and even Pygmy Sperm Whale, Tropical Bottlenose Whale, Mesoplodon sp., and interesting rorquals possibly including Eden’s, Omura and Dwarf Minke.  Plus huge numbers of Spotted and Spinner.  The long crossing to Micronesia and on to southern Japan tends to be very quiet but always some interesting possibilities.  The volcanic islands south of Japan (Bonins, Torishima, etc.) are quite lively.  Mesoplodonts seem rather common here and at least some are Gingko-toothed.  Also good for Striped Dolphin, Melon-headed Whale.  On the final stages of the journey coming into Honshu we have had Hubb’s once and sometimes Baird’s Beaked Whale.

 

There are lots of other cruises through the tropics the most interesting for cetaceans that I’ve done are around eastern Indonesia – for me, second only to the Solomons for tropical cetacean watching.  Melon-headed Whale, Fraser’s Dolphins and Omura’s Whales are some of the more interesting species there.

 

Arctic

Russian Far East – Carrying on north from Japan lots of really interesting trips into north Pacific.  Kuril Islands have small chances of Sato’s Beaked Whale and Pacific Right Whale plus large numbers of Orca, Dall’s Porpoise, Sperm Whale.  Sea of Okhotsk has chance for most of these species plus Beluga and Bowhead, and four species of ice seal: Ribbon (regular on pack ice in early summer), Bearded, Ringed and Largha.  Commander Islands also has slim chance of Pacific Right Whale, plus lots of large whale (Humpback, some Fin, chance of Blue), lots of Orca and regular for Baird’s Beaked Whale.  Crossing between Kamchatka and Commanders is a possibility for Stejneger’s Beaked Whale.  Heading north along Kamchatka and Chukotka peninsula very slim chance of Pacific Right Whale, plus lots of Gray Whale and Beluga, some chance of Ribbon Seal and huge Walrus haulout.  Chukchi Sea good chance for Bowhead Whale.  Northeast Passage continuing along north coast gets into Laptev Walrus country and then Franz Josef has another decent chance of Bowhead, slim chance at Narwhal.

 

North Atlantic Odyssey this is the continuation of the Atlantic Odyseey – Netherlands to Spitsbergen.  Starting out with White-beaked Dolphins in North Sea and then past Fair Isle and on to Jan Mayen – the latter an excellent area for Northern Bottlenose Whale.  Heading north to east Greenland pack ice which has been fairly reliable for Bowhead in recent years (sometimes in enormous numbers).  Also massive numbers of Harp Seal and usually reliable for Hooded Seal as well.  East to Svalbard for Blue Whale, Beluga, Walrus, etc.

 

Northwest Passage – usually runs from Greenland to western Canadian arctic, sometimes on to Alaska.  Most interesting section is eastern Canadian arctic.  Fiords and deep bays in eastern Canadian arctic usually reliable for Narwhal though views are often poor – but not always!  Lots of Harp Seals in these areas as well and sometimes Hooded Seals on pack ice.  Fiords sometimes have Belugas – shallow estuaries can have incredible rubbing concentrations.  Sometimes get into summer feeding grounds of Bowhead in Prince Regent Inlet.  Trips carrying on to Alaska get into large numbers of Bowhead in Beaufort Sea.

 

 

 

 

 

 

14 Comments
  1. Daan Drukker 4 months ago

    Very nice overview, thanks!

  2. Vladimir Dinets 4 months ago

    There’s a lot to be added, but for now just a few minor corrections:
    – NARW is much more regular off Nova Scotia than off Cape Cod;
    – both Kogias and many other species are easiest in Japan;
    – Sato’s BW is virtually never seen in the Kurils but regular off Shiretoko Peninsula in spring.
    I think we should co-author a book “Marine Mammals Finding Guide”. If only we could talk Bob Pitman into joining…

  3. Michael 4 months ago

    Very exciting!
    Off the top of my head:
    Omura’s Whale appears to be quite regular off NW Madagascar (Nosy Be) and there is a research project there, but I don’t know how easy it is to arrange trips
    Sowerby’s Beaked Whale is quite regular off Pico in the Azores; I saw it twice in a week, but this appears to vary between years; Cuvier’s Beaked Whale is the most regular beaked whale there (which I did not see). https://www.espacotalassa.com/de/statistic/statistics/ gives a nice overview of what is seen there
    Bolivian Boto is easy on boat tours out of Riberalta, you can even swim with them
    Tucuxi: common on Amazon, Ucayali and Maranon rivers in Amazonian Peru, e.g. around Iquitos
    Guiana Dolphin: on boat trips from Manzanillo, NE Costa Rica
    Heaviside’s Dolphin: Walvisbay, Namibia

  4. Paul Carter 4 months ago

    Hi Adam. A useful post; thanks. Re your query on Bryde’s Whale note that I follow them in False Bay (I visit annually) and have a post here (https://www.pacapix.com/rsa-brydeswhale-falsebay/) which includes some taxonomic notes and references there including: “Penry et al (2018), however, stated that “Phylogenetic analyses grouped the South African populations within the Bryde’s-sei whale clade and excluded B. edeni” and that “data, combined with morphological and ecological evidence from previous studies, support subspecific classification of both South African forms under B. brydei and complete separation from B. edeni”.”.
    I see them from the shore (not always easy but easily overlooked); but there are also day-trip boat options in the region – I tried twice to see them on those boat trips and failed twice.

  5. Jon Hall 4 months ago

    And a few quick additions from me. This is great stuff Adam – thanks!

    Eden’s Whale is reliable off of Bangkok and Bryde’s is in Plettenburg Bay, SA.
    East Asian Finless Porpoise is/was reliable from the Namhae Bridge in Seosan Korea
    Australian Snubfin Dolphin is easy every day from the Broome Bird Observatory in Western Australia
    Cuvier’s Beaked Whale – Bay of Biscay
    Northern Bottlenose Whale – Bay of Biscay
    Dwarf Minke – Great barrier Reef
    Altlantic Humpback Dolphin – Western Sahara (not super easy there but I guess a lot more accessible than Mauritania)

  6. Vladimir Dinets 4 months ago

    A few more:
    Minke: often visible from shore in various towns on the northern shore of Gulf of St. Lawrence, on Mayotte, at Cape Breton, etc.;
    Eden’s whale: targeted by WW trips in Japan (see my book Finding Mammals in Japan for details);
    Pygmy RW: I saw one just inside the E entrance to Beagle Channel;
    Atl. w-s dolphin: common around Isla Buenaventura in Quebec in summer;
    White-nosed dolphin: reportedly easiest in Iceland;
    Commerson’s d.: there are viewing tours from San julian, Argentina;
    Heaviside’s d.: tours from Lambert’s Bay in S Afr and Walvis Bay in Namibia;
    Peale’s, hourglass and dusky dolphins: inside and outside the E entrance to Beagle channel during salmon run;
    Pacific w-s dolphin: many ferries in Japan, i. e. to Sado I. (see my book);
    NRWD: Tomakomai ferry in Japan;
    Pantr. sp. d.: Martinique-Dominica ferry, Pulau Bunaken off Sulawesi;
    Clymene dolphin: rare everywhere but I saw them near Flower Garden Banks NMS;
    Striped d.: Isole Iolie ferries in Italy, Gibraltar area WW tours;
    Atlantic sp. d.: tours in the Bahamas, boat trips around Caicos Is., Isla Mujeres area in Cancun;
    Spinners: ferries betw. Virgin Is., particularly to St. Thomas, Komodo NP, Pulau Bunaken, Sri lanka, Lehua I. tours in Hawaii;
    Tropical bottlenose: Jeju I. in S Korea, also special dolphin tours in the Ogasawaras;
    Hose’s d.: Zanzibar ferries, St. Lucia;
    Humpback d.: Bahrain;
    Sotalia: often viible from shore in Georgetown, Guyana;
    Steno: sometimes from boat tour along Na Pali Coast of Kauai;
    Pilot whales: swimming tours from Cape Breton in August, Cape Cod WW tours, WW tours and ferries around Honshu (see the book);
    Other non-orca blackfish: Ryukyu Islands but tricky (see the book);
    Irrawaddy d.: tours on Chilika Lake, Orissa;
    Beluga: best in July-August at the ferry pier near Anadyr Airport, Chukotka;
    Finless porpoises: ferries to Medan, Sumatra, various ferries in Japan (see the book);
    Inias: Rio Yacuma boat tours from Rurrenabaque in Bolivia, ferry in Araguaina, Tocantis, Rio Capanaparo in Venezuela;
    Ganges d.: Kateraniaghat WS in Uttar Pradesh;
    Mesoplodons: bidens – Haldimand Canyon off Nova Scotia; densirostris & ginkgodens – Galapagos, particularly E part; pacificus – Ogasawaras; peruvianus – Islas Ballestas (often overlooked); traversii – Alejandro Selkirk boats;
    PSW: Sri Lanka, Ogasawara ferries;
    DSW: Eden’s whale WW tours in Japan;
    Sperm whale: I got to snorkel with them off Sta Lucia (the Caribbean one) for $20, see my trip report.

    By the way, has anyone tried the ferry from Iceland to Europe via the Faroes? Should be good.

  7. Morten Kure Kattenhøj 4 months ago

    Great start!

    I have a couple of additions too:

    – Bowhead Whale is fairly easy in the Disco Bay area in Greenland during the winter months.
    – Blue Whale is regularly seen on whale watching trips in Husavik (Iceland) in summer.

  8. Barry Drees 4 months ago

    Hi Adam, great list – here are a few more I have seen:
    Blue Whale – can be seen on whale watching trips from Southern California (August & September, 2011)
    Bryde’s Whale – whale watching tour from Knysna, South Africa, Nov 2017 (South African subspecies may be split from Bryde’s soon).
    Tucuxi – Seen on canoe trips from Tariri Lodge, Rio Negro, Brazil (near Manaus, Sep 2014)
    PInk River Dolphin – Swam with them (they are lured to a pier with fish) in Rio Negro (Tariri Lodge, near Manaus, Sep 2014).

  9. Jean Michel BOMPAR 4 months ago

    A short contribution : Off shore Provence (France)
    Stripped Dolphin : very common,
    Bottlenosed Dophin, Fin Whale, Sperm Whale : common,
    Risso’s Dolphin, Long-finned pilot Whale : regular
    Several dedicated “8h” whalewatching trips form June to September https://www.decouverteduvivant.org/croisieres-en-mer/baleines-dauphins-sanary/

  10. Pierre Van der Wielen 4 months ago

    @ Vladimir

    “By the way, has anyone tried the ferry from Iceland to Europe via the Faroes? Should be good.”

    Did that twice in autumn. Both trips good numbers of minke whale, white-beaked dolfins and one orca encounter on both trips. Around the Faroers on one trip a fin and 2 sei whales and a few distant rorquals.

    Further south in the North Sea small numbers of common dolphin and harbour poirpose and others reported atlantic white-sided dolphins amidst pilot whales.

    Problem is that this area, especially in autumn can be very windy which does not help… If you’re looking into these species I would recommend the North Atlantic Odyssey, Netherlands to Svalbard visiting Jan Mayen and the sea ice around Greenland. All of these species and much more along the ice further north.

    Otherwise just one addition, guiana dolphin is common near Paramaribo, Surinam where we also had manatee in coastal mangroves.

    Regards,

    Pierre

  11. Gary Wilson 4 months ago

    Hi Adam,
    A very useful post and subsequent comments. We can confirm the regular presence of Beluga and Gray Whale on the Chukotka Coast. We had excellent views of the former in the channel going into Meinypil’gyno, Chukotka Autonomous Okrug, Russia and Gray Whales feeding just off shore while on the HE 2019 Far East Expedition.

    Best wishes

  12. Vladimir Dinets 4 months ago

    Thanks Pierre,
    I was hoping to hear there are lots of beaked whales, but it sounds good anyway.
    Vladimir

  13. Hans Verdaat 4 months ago

    Like Pierre also wrote the NAO departing from Then Netherlands is a great (and relatively cheap) trip for most NA species. On earlier editions of the NAO we also encountered large aggregations of Bowhead whales.

    An often used platform to register MM at sea during these trips is Obervation.org
    via https://observation.org/species/search/ one can search for records of every species.

    My own records from many trips at sea are listed here https://observation.org/users/4078/species/

  14. Pierre Van der Wielen 4 months ago

    Nope, no beaked whales on these trips but the circumstances were not great with a lot of wind and rather high waves, they could easily have been missed. On the NOA towards Svalbard we had one sighting of sowerby’s north of the faroer islands and a few sightings of northern bottlenosed whales near Jan Mayen.

    Regards,
    Pierre

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