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jordan  Focused on inspiring change through capturing/sharing incredible moments in nature. 95% ocean 5% other 📍Hilo, HI

Baby humpbacks take these short dives to nurse while their mom lays relatively still at the surface. I’m not too sure how many gallons of milk they consume but based on how fast they grow it must be a lot! A future project I want to work on is using the drone to measure the growth/loss rate for mom and calf!

It feels like everything i’ve done has led up to this photo. For the past year i’ve struggled with the idea that images need to carry more significance than just beauty and inspiration. It might be to much to ask for but I believe art, creativity and science can coexist. This image is the first that i’m proud to share in a long time. During this flight another photographer was simultaneously taking PhotoID photos from the front of our boat. The ability to match these drone images to an individual allows researchers to gain new insights about these animals. It was a long 11 days working with pilot whales but very happy to have this successful trial run to develop a reliable way to get these images and have them be scientifically useful. The white thing on this animals left dorsal fin is a SMRT tag. This tag records sound, motion and location for up to 11 days before falling off.
Photo taken under NMFS Permit #20605

Water so clear not sure if i’m above or below the surface.

Over the past few days we have been working with short-finned pilot whales off of Kona. Attached to this adult male is a SMRT tag which records sound and motion using a hydrophone, fancy compass and accelerometer. Also look at the size of that remora (suckerfish)on his peduncle! Learn more about the @cascadiaresearch project by following the link in my bio! •
Taken under NMFS Scientific Permit 20605.

During the last @noaasanctuaries humpback count, I met a scientist who is studying hormonal signals stored in baleen. Most samples right now come from blubber, breath exhales, skin and feces which only provide a point in time analysis of the animal. Baleen has the potential to give us a better idea of a whale's past 10-15 years. Humpbacks are by far one of the most studied species but it's amazing how much we still have yet to learn. This mother has a very obvious scaring pattern on her back. Whether it was a prop, lobster trap, or something else that got her, she was able to recover and have a healthy newborn calf.

Observed this solo pantropical spotted dolphin taking huge leaps for 15 minutes 2 miles off shore. This leaping behavior is usually associated with removing annoying remoras (suckerfish) and it is awesome to watch.

Watched this calf breach over and over until his mom finally let him take a rest. Calves are heavily dependent on their mothers not only for nursing but also protection. Mothers will often position themselves between their calf and any threats. Humpback season is slowly coming to an end as more whales start making their way back north.

guess the species!

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Photo taken under NMFS Permit #20605

Came across this humpback pair earlier this season. This female has a scar pattern i’ve never seen before. Anyone have any ideas as to what might have caused it? prop? entanglement? The scaring looks to be rather shallow also!

whoa! can’t believe it’s been over a month since my last post. kinda lost track of time. for the past couple weeks I’ve been working with @cascadiaresearch on their Lanai field project. We encountered 8 different species including sei whales and false killer whales! We witnessed predation events and had multiple false killer whales bow ride! So excited to share more from this project over the next few weeks. Go over and follow @cascadiaresearch and learn about the amazing work they do in Hawaii! footage captured under NMFS Permit #20605

After nursing, this pair (same as last video) took off at a brisk pace along the coast. I suspect the mother knew her escort was going to start getting aggressive (possibly from vocalizations or proximity underwater). As the pair swam up the coast a pod of spinner dolphins came along for the ride. Out of nowhere this large adult surfaced. It’s amazing to see the mother anticipate the escorts intentions and use her body to protect her calf. I personally have never seen an escort target a calf but i’m assuming it happens from the way this mother tries to separate them. I caught up with this pair a couple days later in almost the same location. Calf was happily playing and mom was asleep at the surface.

“Mom, I’m hungry!” Often a mother will swim slowly at the surface while their calf twirls and plays. This behavior promotes growth and builds the strength a calf needs to make the migration north in a couple of months. This calf would nudge his mother and breach very close-by in hopes she would start nursing. Sure enough a few breaches later the mother lay idle at the surface while the calf was able to feed. This encounter lasted almost an hour and ended when the escort surfaced and started behaving aggressively (video coming soon). — I apologize for not posting as often. Thank you for all the messages from those concerned. It has been a challenging season (so far) trying to film new and interesting behaviors.

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