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Marine Mammals

Point Adolphus


Humpback Whale and fairweather mountainsIn 2007 Nikki Koehler completed a Master of Science degree at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks that analyzed and interpreted the data we collected on Whale and vessel interactions at Point Adolphus in 2001 and 2002. Click here to read her thesis.


We held a Point Adolphus Natural History Symposium on May 19th, 2003. It was a great success. We had a group of about 40 folks turn out for the all day event. We all learned and shared a great deal about the humpback whales and marine ecology around Point Adolphus.


Also in 2003, our lead naturalist was published in an ESRI marine GIS publication. The article focused on the marine survey technique and how we used GIS to show the distribution and abundance of marine mammals around Point Adolphus. ESRI editors compiled several articles from marine research conducted around the world and we are honored to have been selected for the publication.

We completed our analysis and mapping of the 2000 and 2001 Marine Survey data in 2002 and we have some maps to share with you. This series compares findings from 2000 and 2001. Hot news from this comparison is that we found major (nearly 50%!) declines in both harbor porpoise and harbor seal observations in 2001.


click here to view the photo collections from 3 years of marine mammal research at Point Adolphus.