Cetacean Science at Dalhousie University


Northern Bottlenose whale

Balaena in Chile

Sperm Whale

Northern bottlenose whales in the Gully Marine Protected Area off Nova Scotia

Research platform : Balaena, a Valiant 40 sailboat

Sperm whales in the Gulf of
California and in the Sargasso and Caribbean seas





Pilot Whales

River dolphin


Pilot whales off Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

River dolphins in the Amazon and Orinoco Basin

Narwhals in Pond Inlet, Baffin Island

Hal Whitehead's Research Group


Hal Whitehead

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Lindy Weilgart
(Research Associate)

Tonya Wimmer
(Instructor, Stranding Network)


Doctoral (Ph.D.)

Masters (M.Sc.)

Honours Students:

Previous students:

Armando Manolo Álvarez Torres
Joana Augusto
Mauricio Cantor

Kristi O'Brien
Marina Milligan

Undergraduate Honours


Advice for potential graduate students


Where is Balaena?


Video of our sperm whale research; courtesy of Romeo Vargas

Research Topics:

The group conducts scientific research on the behavioural ecology, social organisation, diving behaviour, ranging behaviour, distribution, population biology, acoustic behaviour and conservation of several cetacean species.

Species Studied:

Primary study species include the sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus), the northern bottlenose whale (Hyperoodon ampullatus), the bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops sp.), and the long-finned pilot whale (Globicephala melas).


List of Publications (.pdf) from the Lab 1977-present (including "in press")

Software :

SOCPROG 2.4 Programs for Analysing Social Structure

Other information:


These agencies all support or have supported our research


Mailing address: Department of Biology, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3H 4J1, Canada
Website created by Sascha Hooker --- Modifications by Sascha Hooker, Susan Dufault, Luke Rendell, Tyler Schulz, Lars Bejder, Shane Gero, Leah Nemiroff and Catalina Gomez
Last Updated June 2013 by Hal Whitehead