Gulf of Maine Humpback Whale Catalog
PCCS has studied individual humpback whales since the 1970s. We curate the Gulf of Maine Humpback Whale Catalog which contains detailed information for each individual, including age, gender, relatedness, reproduction, behavior, distribution and human impacts. These data serve as a powerful tool for increasing scientific knowledge and facilitating the management of this endangered species. Read our scientific publications for examples of how these data have been used.
A humpback whale fluke photo-identification guide is available on-line to the Gulf of Maine whale watching community. This is only a subset of individuals seen in recent years and intended to faciliate on-water identification and education.
We also regularly share our data off-line for bona fide research, conservation, management and education. Please contact us for more information about our formal data sharing process.
The Gulf of Maine Humpback Whale Catalog is based on our directed research cruises that span the feeding range of this population, from the waters from Nantucket to Nova Scotia. We also collaborate with whale watching companies and other organizations that collect data on local segments of this population. We particularly thank the following for sharing information with us: Allied Whale, Bar Harbor Whale Watch, Blue Ocean Society, Boston Harbor Cruises, Boston's Best Cruises, Brier Island Whale and Seabird Cruises, Captain John Boats, Capt Bill and Sons, Cape Ann Whale Watch, Dolphin Fleet, Grand Manan Whale and Seabird Research Station, New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance, Quoddy Link Marine, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, Whale Center of New England and others.
On a larger scale, we share information with the North Atlantic Humpback Whale Catalog (NAHWC), which studies humpback whales across all of the feeding and breeding grounds in the North Atlantic.