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 extremely intelligent. Each also have complex brains with a forehead called a melon. Using their melon, they can easily navigate using sonar (sound waves). However, you can use the 3 F's (Face, Fin, and Figure) to help you visually … Continue reading How are porpoises different from dolphins? (The 3 F’s)

A Floating Office With Cetacean Co-Workers

Humpback whales off the Virginia coast. Credit: Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center “You must love your job!” is an exclamation many of us in the ecotourism career field hear quite frequently.  My response?  “WHALE YEAH!”  A floating office, cetaceans as co-workers, and the unexpected nature of each trip are things that many of us … Continue reading A Floating Office With Cetacean Co-Workers

Bridging the gap: Whale SENSE Alaska goes to the far east coast (of the United States)

By Ali Schuler - Whale SENSE Alaska What could whale watching in the Atlantic have in common with Alaska? Suzie Teerlink and myself had never been whale watching off the east coast, but had heard the stories! Having started our careers working with marine mammals as whale watch naturalists in Alaska, we frequently had passengers … Continue reading Bridging the gap: Whale SENSE Alaska goes to the far east coast (of the United States)