For our field work May-October 2013 we need financial help:
Like every summer since 2005 we plan to do daily boat trips into the Vestfjord and especially Øksfjord to study orcas and long finned pilot whales.
We have already established a research project on the as behaviour, identification and underwater communication of orca groups visiting us in the summer, especially in the Øksfjord (see article). This adds to our knowledge from winter observation of orcas in northern Norway, which we have studied since 2003.
In addition we have studied long finned pilot whales in the Vestfjord since 2006 and have over 220 individuals in our Photo ID catalog, plus could identify more than 140 different call types. Long-finned pilot whales migrate every year to the Vestfjord and we investigate whether these groups are stable or fluctuate and whether their communication differs from other groups.
In 2013 we further focus on the distribution & vocal behavior of Atlantic White sided Dolphins, we have no former knowledge about those animals!
In summary, to understand these animals more research is needed, because we are only in the beginning of revealing their secrets!
In addition we monitor Distribution & Behaviour all other Marine Mammals that we find in the Vestfjord during the whole year.
In order to keep our research base in Henningsvaer going and be able to conduct our daily boat excursion, we need your help!
Since 2010 we cannot invite tourists on our boat trips anymore, because the laws for our boat has changed and we are not allowed to. this means a huge cut in our financial income, which makes donations and sponsorship ever more important.
Please take a few minutes and think about it, we hope you do care about Marine Mammals in Lofoten and would like to support our projects.
Donate now! Our marine animals need your help!
Heike Vester (lead researcher/Ocean Sounds)