Indigenous practices can assist recovery of endangered waterbirds

A team of interdisciplinary researchers at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and Kamehameha Schools published evidence that indigenous practices in Hawaii expand waterbird habit in the face of rising seas. HIMB's Kawika Winter, Associate Professor of Aina Sciences and Heeia NERR Reserve Manager co-authored the paper published in Anthopocene.
August 11, 2021

Deadly Virus Discovered In Dolphin Species Found In Hawaiian Waters

HIMB’s Kristi West, lab director at UH Health and Stranding Lab, found a novel strain of morbillivirus in a Fraser’s dolphin that was stranded on Maui […]
May 22, 2021

Rare Pygmy Killer Whales’ Deterioration Documented Using UH Drone Tech

HIMB’s Marine Mammal Research Program (MMRP) to document rapid weight loss in a group of distressed pygmy killer whales off Maui in 2019. For the full story, […]
April 19, 2021

Stranded Endangered False Killer Whale Divulges a Dietary First

HIMB’s associate researcher, Dr. Kristi West, and a team of graduate students, undergraduate students, and program volunteers discovered a new popular food item for Hawaiʻi’s false […]
April 19, 2021
Aerial view of Moku o Loʻe

Crews Remove Large Whale Carcass from Waimānalo Shore, Scientists Will Study Samples

HIMB’s associate researcher, Dr. Kristi West, took advantage of a rare opportunity to harvest samples from a whale carcass that washed up on Waimānalo beach last week. […]
October 13, 2019

Whale bubble-net feeding documented by UH researchers through groundbreaking video

HIMB’s Marine Mammal Research Program (MMRP) and their partners have captured amazing whale’s-point-of-view and aerial drone video of humpback whale bubble-net feeding. To read the full story […]
February 15, 2019

HIMB Faculty Highlighted in Feature Story by NOAA Fisheries

Lars Bejder’s research, HIMB Faculty and Director of the Marine Mammal Resarch Program, has helped NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Fisheries better understand tourism’s effects […]
November 4, 2018

Stunning Drone Footage from the Bejder Lab

The focus for the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Marine Mammal Research Program (MMRP), also known as the Bejder Lab at the Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine […]
September 19, 2016

So wrong, and thanks for all the clickbait

Have you seen recent headlines claiming researchers have observed dolphins talking?  Hold the phone…Despite the stories, we’re probably not there yet.