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

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 …
A Floating Office With Cetacean Co-Workers
“You must love your job!” is an exclamation many of us in the ecotourism career field …
Whale SENSE Beach Clean Up 2019!
On Saturday, many of the Whale SENSE companies in both Alaska and the Atlantic completed their …
Bridging the gap: Whale SENSE Alaska goes to the far east coast (of the United States)
What could whale watching in the Atlantic have in common with Alaska? Suzie Teerlink and myself …
2018 Whale SENSE Photo Contest
FACEBOOK PHOTO CONTEST RULES How to Enter Submit your photos via message to the Whale SENSE …
The Naturalist
am not here to talk of whales, but of people. I could talk about the passengers, …
2018 Whale SENSE Alaska Marine Conservation Leader Award
For the second year, outstanding captains and naturalists in Alaska were nominated for their leadership in …
Celebrating World Oceans Day and the East Coast Whale Watching Season Kicks Off
Header photo of entangled humpback whale, later freed by trained responders. This photo was taken while …