TerraMar Research has been working with the Whale Stewardship Project (WSP) since 1998, for ten years now! With Cathy Kinsman' expert oversight as Director of WSP, our Research Director, Toni Frohoff, and Kinsman have collaborated to study and protect solitary beluga whales on the east coast of Canada, the first to be scientifically documented. They have co-authored scientific publications on these whales, given scientific lectures and public presentations,worked on documentaries, and contributed to books.
Many of these belugas are young and have apparently been orphaned, often initiating close and sustained social relationships with people. The unique stewardship projects, designed and implemented for these unusual and wonderful belugas, have also proved useful in protecting other solitary, sociable dolphins and whales. Several students have studied and contributed to this research while earning their degrees, and the general public has benefited from numerous educational presentations. WSP works closely with regulating government agencies in Canada and the U.S. to try to provide the best research and stewardship possible for these whales.