Three research biologists aboard the Amundsen this past February were on board as guest scientists with California Ocean Alliance for the new collaboration with Hurtigruten. This dream team of women consisted of a collaboration of three organizations (California Ocean Alliance, Cascadia Research and the Marine Mammal Research Project at the U of Hawaii) to collect data in the Antarctic for California Ocean Alliance. During this trip aboard the Amundsen, this team operating their own Zodiac and collected body condition of Antarctic minke and humpback whales using drone imagery, collected skin and blubber samples from both species as well as photo-id collection looking into humpback and minke whale research as well as a sound scape project.

All research aboard conducted under research permit: NMFS 23095 ACA-2021-006 ACA-2021-016B