UH-Hilo a major contributor to humpback whale study

The tail of the male humpback whale called "Nessie" was photographed by Dr. Adam Pack in Frederick Sound, Alaska in 2021. Pack photographed the same whale's tail of west Maui in 2008. (Courtesy photo/Dr. Adam Pack)

Dr. Adam Pack holds a video camera while working with researchers from the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary off Maui. (Courtesy photo/Dr. Adam Pack)

NOAA Permit 941 Dr. Adam Pack preparing to measure the length of a female humpback whale using underwater videogrammetry in waters off Maui.

In one of the largest collaborations among humpback whale researchers, over 60 co-authors published a paper on the changing population of North Pacific humpback whales.