Here at Dive Ninjas, we believe in taking every opportunity to help and support the awesome scientists and researchers who are striving to study and protect the awe inspiring animals that we love. As part of our whale watching safaris, guests will have the opportunity to get involved in the data collection and observations that will directly contribute to active fields of research. Be a field marine biologist for a few hours!
Of course, this is entirely optional, and if you prefer to just sit back, relax and enjoy the whale spectacle, that is totally cool too!
So, for the intrepid citizen scientists, what will they get to do? Dive Ninjas have partnered with several humpback whale research projects, and we’ll outline just a few here. The MMAPE is a research project at a local university (UABCS – Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur), focusing on humpback whales in Los Cabos and the Revillagigedos. We’ll be assisting them by collecting and submitting data on humpback sightings, including GPS locations, directional headings, group size, distinguishing features, and behaviours of note. Keep your eyes peeled and pencils at the ready!
We also work with MMAPE and HappyWhale, to photograph and submit whale identification images, contributing to their database and research on whale population and migration. Our guides will be doing this on every trip, and all keen photographers are encouraged to join in, and learn how to ID whales uniquely! HappyWhale have identified over 29,000 individual whales to date – let’s see if we can find some more!
Our partners and opportunities will evolve with time and research needs, so be sure to check in with your guides as to what’s the latest news!