Searching for the Atlantic's Most Elusive Whale

Apr 22, 2019

A True's Beaked Whale surfacing
Credit NOAA Fisheries/Robert Pitman

Danielle Cholewiak is a research ecologist at NOAA. She has spent her career becoming a leading expert on finding and interpreting whale sounds. This past summer, she set her sights on finding one of the most elusive whales in the Atlantic Ocean. The plan was to be out at sea for a full month, scanning the horizon with binoculars and listening to hydrophones being towed behind them.

Cholewiak  and her team will analyze all of the data that she collected over the next year. She hopes to lead another expedition to the same area this summer. The goal is to learn even more about this elusive species. To learn more about her work and the other work being done here at NOAA

A True's beaked whale surfaces not far from the NOAA Ship Gordon Gunter.
Credit Salvatore Cerchio

This piece came to us from our production partners at Atlantic Public Media through their media training program, The Transom Story Workshop in Woods Hole. Brandon is a graduate of the workshop and you can find out more about that program at transom.org.