Our Research

Humpback Mother and Calf

The Ocean Mammal Institute (OMI) is dedicated to protecting marine mammals
and awakening people's minds and hearts to nature's interconnected harmony.

Our current research, being done under a permit from the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) focuses on the impact of engine noise on Hawaii’s humpback whales, on the function of the humpback whale song and humpback whale social sounds. Our results on the effects of engine noise on the short and long term behavior of humpback whales so far show that whales’ swimming speed and amount of time underwater is affected by the noise level of boats that approach them.

Specific results of OMI's research are listed below.

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