Ali has been working with the Whale SENSE Program since 2018. She has worked as a whale watch naturalist in both Alaska and Hawaii, and spent her master’s researching the effects of whale watching on humpback whales and conservation.

Posts by Ali Schuler

How will I know I will see whales on a whale watch?
Credit: Kathy Rothenberger with Kenai Fjord Tours That is honestly a great question, but unfortunately there …
Meet our NEW Alaska Region Whale SENSE companies for 2021!!
Welcome! We are excited to work with each and every one of you. Booking a tour …
Importance of Whale Feces
Photo by WDC Whales are absolutely marvelous creatures, but did you know that they create essential …
Do Whales Ever Sleep?
Yes and no! It is a bit tricky explaining how they sleep because it does not …
How do you identify a North Atlantic Right Whale?
First, where does one go to encounter these whales? North Atlantic right whales are exactly where …
How Do You Identify Orcas?
In our previous blog we discussed the importance of identifying whales from each other and more …
How do you Identify Humpback Whales?
An essential skill when observing whales is the ability of being able to know not only …
Do whale watching boats bother the whales?
While watching whales from a vessel, you may often wonder if the whales know that you …
2021 Photo Contest Winners
Congratulations to all of the winners in the 4th annual Whale SENSE photo contest! We had …
4th Annual Whale SENSE Photo Contest
It's time for our 4th annual photo contest! What better way to prepare for the upcoming …
2020 Naturalist Highlight Stories
We asked Whale SENSE naturalists to share their favorite memory from last season. Here are their …
3 Tips For Posting About Whale Watching Experiences
Have you ever gone to a restaurant (or more likely in 2020, placed an online order …
Ask the Naturalist: What to Bring on a Whale Watch
Early on the morning of a whale watch, the captain and crew are busy checking weather …
Ask the Naturalist: Why is whale watching important?
There are many reasons why people love whale watching – from the chance to be on …
How are whales protected in the United States?
When you hear that whales are “protected”, what first comes to mind?  Of course, physical walls …
Ask the Naturalist: How long can a whale hold its breath?
As mammals, all whale species have to breathe air. This is good for whale watchers, because …
Ask the Naturalist: Why do whales breach?
Seeing the body of a whale launch itself out of the water is one of the …
How do you find whales on a whale watch?
Feature image: Naturalist Jon Brink, searching for whales (Photo: Jenna Schwerzmann) The whole purpose of a …
How does Whale SENSE protect endangered species?
What does it mean to be endangered? In the 1960s, global whale populations weren’t looking so …
2020 Photo Contest Winners
Congratulations to all of the winners in the 3rd annual Whale SENSE photo contest! We set …