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October 2018 Update

Updated: Jan 4, 2019

As always thanks for spreading the good HURC word. Here is your October Update:

(c) Robert Pecoraro


  1. Our website homepage looks a little different. If you haven't checked it out, we have a drone video featured on the main page. This was shot during a Cascadia Research Collective research cruise and they are graciously letting us use it for our website. It will hopefully be more visually attractive and keep people on the website.

  2. The team had a very successful outreach trip to Maui and Lanai. Thank you to everyone who helped out organizing and documenting. Shout out to Brittany and Chloe, thanks you two!

  3. Still working on fundraiser ideas for the end of 2018 and early 2019. Any ideas, send them to Maria's email.

  4. We have been contacted by Dr. Melanie Hutchinson who researches Oceanic White Tip sharks to assist her with building her database and online presence. She is looking for something similar to what HURC has done but for her OWT research. We may ask you to share her website and social after we redo everything.

  5. The team attended a NOAA grant writing workshop this month in hopes of expanding our funds for the upcoming years

  6. We are in talks with the Hawaii Brewery Run Series to be a beneficiary to one of their upcoming events.

  7. Stacia and Travis spent a day on the water testing our laser photogrammetry rig. No whale sharks were found that day, but the team encountered an Oceanic White Tip shark to help set a baseline for the camera and lasers. If you look closely at the sharks flank you can see the two small green dots from our lasers. This project stems from the small grant we received from the PADI foundation that will hopefully allow us to accurately determine morphometrics of the whale sharks around our islands.

(c) Deron Verbeck

(c) Chloe Cryan


List of our upcoming presentations:

November 6, 2018 - UH Hilo American Cetacean Society

January 17, 2019 - Mokupāpapa Discovery Center

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Nov 02, 2018

Aloha HURC Ambassadors! I wanted to give a short sightings update for October. We had six official submissions of whale shark sightings this month, all of them from Hawai'i Island, with only one clear left side. We currently have a total of 118 distinctive individuals in our catalog and 183 separate sightings, including sightings of individuals that are not able to be identified. To-date we have had over 880 photos and videos submitted to our effort.

We are also getting out on the water to scan for whale sharks and use our laser photogrammetry rig. This rig has a camera in the center of two lasers placed in parallel. By taking images with the lasers in view, we are able…

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