‘A real legacy at UH-Hilo’: University helps develop prolific catalog of whales

Courtesy of Dr. Adam Pack The tail of the male humpback whale called "Nessie" was photographed by Dr. Adam Pack in Frederick Sound, Alaska on July 15, 2021. Pack photographed the same whale's tail of west Maui in March, 3, 2008.

Courtesy of Dr. Adam Pack Dr. Adam Pack holds a video camera while working with researchers from the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary off Maui.

Photo/NOAA Permit 941 Dr. Adam Pack prepares to measure the length of a female humpback whale using underwater videogrammetry in waters off Maui.

In one of the largest collaborations among humpback whale researchers, over 60 co-authors published a paper on the changing population of North Pacific humpback whales.