A majority of our lab's fieldwork is conducted from Balaena, a Valiant 40 class ocean-going sailboat. Jokingly referred to as the matriarch of the Whitehead Lab, Balaena has sailed around the world and has logged an astonishing number of hours at sea. Balaena is equipped with a number of features that make her an ideal platform for conducting cetacean research, including a crows nest and towed hydrophone array.
Where in the World is Balaena Now?
Balaena is currently off the coast of Newfoundland for this year's Northern bottlenose whale summer field season (with Laura as Chief Scientist and Hal skippering).