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 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 …
10 ways you can be an ocean steward from home!
This Earth Week, while physically apart, let’s take actions in our everyday life together that can …
How are porpoises different from dolphins? (The 3 F’s)
Dolphins and porpoises can be easily confused at a glance. They are both small cetaceans and …
3rd Annual Whale SENSE Photo Contest
Back by popular demand – it is time for our 3rd annual photo contest! What better …
Momma whales, Monica, and mountains – oh my!
When I started as an intern at Whale and Dolphin Conservation, the Whale SENSE program was …