Killer whales are highly social; some populations are composed of matrilineal family groups (pods) which are the most stable of any animal species. Their sophisticated hunting techniques and vocal behaviours, which are often specific to a particular group and passed across generations, have been described as manifestations of animal culture. - Wikipedia
Western Cuyahoga Audubon Speaker Series 2017-2018
Program: Killer Whales of South Central Alaska
Presenter: Jennifer Allison
Date: Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Location: Rocky River Nature Center, 24000 Valley Pkwy, North Olmsted, OH 44070 Map
About Jennifer Allison
I am a deckhand at Kenai Fjords Tours in Seward, Alaska. This is a tour boat company that takes day trips into the Kenai Fjords National Park to look at glaciers and wildlife. Through my work at Kenai Fjords Tours, I have become an active volunteer with North Gulf Oceanic Society. My part of the process is to provide to North Gulf Oceanic Society the identities of the killer whales that I saw while on the water, the timing, their location and their activity. Through volunteers such as myself, the researchers are able to accumulate much more information and cover much more ground on a daily basis. I started by photographing the killer whales I would see that day, learned to recognize and identify the animals that I saw and have become a valued contributor of killer whale information to North Gulf Oceanic Society.
About North Gulf Oceanic Society
NGOS is a federally recognized non-profit research and education organization that specializes in long-term marine mammal research. Our members are scientists and educators currently active in the field of marine research.
Our supporters are individuals or foundations that have provided money or resources for our work. We also solicit contractual support from state and federal management agencies. Currently about 25% of our operating budget is derived from donations and foundation support and 75% is provided by research contracts.
NGOS is dedicated to long-term research because marine mammals are long-lived and difficult to study. Without an annual research program very little progress can be made in furthering our understanding and conservation of these unique mammals.
Our primary projects are the study of the killer whale population off the coast of Alaska and of the humpback whales in Prince William Sound and Kenai Fjords, Alaska. Killer whales do not move to warm southern waters during the winter season. Humpback whales are generally migratory although some can be found in the Sound throughout the winter.
Both of these research projects had simple beginnings in 1977 and have since expanded into careful systematic studies. We hope they will continue for decades.
Photo: Whales Jumping by Robert Pittman [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons