This Interactive Whale Tracking Map Depicts Whales Around the Hawaii Islands

By: Rahul Kalvapalle - May 5, 2014
References: whales.smartmine & gizmodo
This interactive animated whale tracking map allows viewers to follow the journeys of sperm whales, beaked whales, false killer whales and pigmy killer whales around the islands of Hawaii. Viewers can even click on individual whales and stalk them. The map also projects wind and ocean currents in real time. Witnessing live tracking information on whales is quite an amazing experience, as you can see how the whales are distributed around the islands and where they congregate.

This whale tracking map was put together by the Smartmine technology group, which is a subsidiary of reputed earth sciences and technology company GeoEngineers. Smartmine focuses on building software to help earth scientists and geo-engineers expand their knowledge of the earth.

The map uses data supplied by Dr. Robin Baird of the Cascadia Research Group. This data is drawn from a broader volume of research on the whales of the Hawaiian Islands.