A whale of a summer: research project continues in Hawaiian waters despite COVID

An insular false killer whale is photographed off the Kona coast by Colin Cornforth’s team in June. (Courtesy Photo/West Hawaii Today)

A pair of striped dolphins leap out of the water during a July encounter. (Courtesy photo/West Hawaii Today)

Around the world, scientific research has been put on hold since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. For one team of researchers in Hawaiian waters however, the summer of 2020 has proven to be an especially productive time.