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While humpback whales and spinner dolphins receive the most attention, there are 10 other species of dolphins and whales that are year-round residents of Hawai‘i. These species, including short-finned pilot whales, bottlenose dolphins, spotted dolphins, and endangered false killer whales, have been researched for over 20 years by Robin Baird and a team of researchers. There will be info on movements and range among the Islands and around Maui Nui, their diet and foraging behavior and their interactions with humans. About the speaker Robin Baird has been studying dolphins and whales in Hawaiian waters since 1999. A resident of Maui from 1998 through 2000, he returns to the islands every year for small-boat field work focusing on lesser-known resident species, including false killer whales, short-finned pilot whales, bottlenose dolphins, pan-tropical spotted dolphins and beaked whales, among others. This research uses photo-identification, genetic sampling, satellite tagging and drones. His work has been presented in scientific publications and in The Lives of Hawai‘i’s Dolphins and Whales: Natural History and Conservation, published by the University of Hawai‘i Press in 2016. He works with Cascadia Research Collective, a non-profit research organization based in Olympia, Washington, and affiliated with Hawai‘i Pacific University and the Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology.