Mapping Cetaceans In Belize
Hello Ocean completed its first research expedition in the coastal and offshore waters of Belize. This inaugural expedition was conducted in partnership with The Moorings, a bareboat charter company, and scientists Dr. Nataly Castelblanco, and Eric Ramos and research assistants Benito Hernandez, Kristi Collom, and Alton Jeffords. The role that cetaceans play in marine ecosystems east of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System (MBRS) or the consequences of they face from anthropogenic impacts are largely unknown. During Expedition Underway, the crew conducted the first systematic study to assess the status or abundance of most cetaceans in Belize. The results of this work will be used to support improved protection for marine mammals and pelagic ecosystems throughout Belize.