Humpback whale catalog

CCS has studied individual humpback whales since the 1970s. We curate the Gulf of Maine Humpback Whale Catalog which contains detailed information for each individual, including age, gender, relatedness, reproduction, behavior, distribution and human impacts. These data serve as a powerful tool for increasing scientific knowledge and facilitating the management of this endangered species. Read our scientific publications for examples of how these data have been used.

The Gulf of Maine Humpback Whale Catalog is based on our directed research cruises that span the feeding range of this population, from the waters from Nantucket to Nova Scotia. We also collaborate with whale watching companies and other organizations that collect data on local segments of this population.

On a larger scale, we share information with the North Atlantic Humpback Whale Catalog (NAHWC), which studies humpback whales across all of the feeding and breeding grounds in the North Atlantic.