2014 Gray Whale Research Report

Key Findings in 2014 include:

  • Record numbers of gray whale mother-calf pairs enter the lagoon at end of season
  • Photo-ID matches confirm movements between all three Baja lagoons and Russia
  • Collaboration with ESSA researchers yields new data from Laguna Ojo de Liebre

Gray whale monitoring and assessment:

The 2014 Gray Whale  Research Team was led by Steven Swartz from Darnestown Maryland, U.S.A., Jorge Urbán R. and Alejandro Gómez Gallardo from the Autonomous University of Baja California Sur, in La Paz, B.C.S., Mexico (UABCS). Senior field researcher Sergio Martinez A. (UABCS) served as Field Chief at the lagoon. Additional researchers included: Carlos Alberto López Montalvo (UABCS), Marina Hidalgo Reza (UNAM), Lizbeth Sanchez Eliseo (UABCS), and Ludovic Tenorio Hallé (Scripps Institution of Oceanography). The Acoustic Team included Aaron Thode and Kerri Seger (Scripps Institution of Oceanography).

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