I worked for three years (1977-1980) as a research associate at the Hubbs-Sea World Research Institute.

Activities there included: (a) research assistantship in a study of the auditory sensitivity of captive beluga whales (1977); (b) coordination of the initial phase of a problem analysis of the potential effects of space shuttle sonic booms on the marine fauna of the California Channel Islands (1978); (c) an extensive literature compilation on the whale shark, culminating in an on-line bibliography; and (d) a year-long investigation of the distribution and abundance of large marine vertebrates (Bryde’s whales, manta rays and whale sharks) found in the coastal waters of eastern Venezuela, involving both aerial and vessel surveys (1978-1979).

In Venezuela I had the opportunity of receiving the advice, training and support, both in the survey planning phase and in part of the field work, from colleague and friend Steve Leatherwood.

Whale Cayo Herradura

Measuring the cranium of a Bryde’s whale in Cayo Herradura