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Humpback Whale Photos
Summer 2016 in San Francisco Bay
SF Bay Area: Irregular along our coast from spring to fall. In summer 2016, humpback whales entered San Francisco Bay to feed on fish, an unprecedented phenomenon that prompted our research effort.
Humpback Whale Facts:
Our project is designed to collect the following data --
Long-term Tracking: Photographic identification techniques (images of the underside of the flukes) for comparison with the North Pacific catalog. Sightings over time may tell us whether individuals come back to the same areas to feed.
Foraging Behavior: Multiple feeding strategies, including lunging at the surface, are employed by humpback whales, each with its own costs and benefits.
This research is in collaboration with Cascadia Research Collective, which is authorized by NOAA Fisheries to conduct humpback whale research.
Project Leader: Jon Stern, Ph.D.
Humpback Whale Project
This project studies the ecological role of humpback whales in San Francisco Bay