Staff members and Earthwatch volunteers aboard our research
vessel High Spirits
The project staff accumulates about 1,200 hours of orca experience in
an average year. Up to 18,000 pictures are taken annually, mostly in-focus
orca dorsal fins. Our encounter logs alone fill more than two two-inch binders
Among the volunteer staff members are a long-term dorsal fin specialist
from Missouri, an editor with NBC NY, a Canadian / American telemark ski
racer, several survivors of Southern California, a German computer nerd,
a cook from Ireland, a New Zealand Kiwi from Bermuda and a coach from Maryland.
Staff members are supposed to work until total exhaustion!
The staff is supervised by a laid back marine biologist and former Stoof
With A Roof pilot from California, a chronically freezing beach bum from
the Bahamas and an unbelievable genius from the Netherlands.
Although the staff members are heavily working on their social skills,
we still believe that there is no better way to understand them than to
take a look at what is on their mind (besides orcas!):
Further interests include Frisbee Golf, Volleyball, Smoking Salmon and
The Art of Porch Painting.
Would you like to know more?