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Marine Life Studies Research

Peggy Stap documents the appearance of a killer whale in Monterey Bay with photo-id


The overall research mission of Marine Life Studies is to study the foraging strategies of transient and offshore killer whales as well as investigate the abundance, distribution, movement and frequency of occurrence of other whale and dolphin species in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.


These activities take place under the General Authorization for Scientific Research, a permit issued by NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service.


Good research is a collaborative process. Marine Life Studies is committed to sharing data with other researchers. Research results and data is disseminated in formal research reports and peer-reviewed publications. Whenever possible, we also stand ready to assist other researchers in conducting their research by making platforms available, providing information leads on cetacean activities, etc. as well as sharing our data with students.