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We offer factual insight and discussion on a range of marine mammal and environmental topics as scientific contributors.


If you are interested in collaborating with Whalefish on scientific and non-scientific marine environmental conservation related media services please contact us and we will be happy to review your proposal.

Media Advisory Services

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LifeProof teamed up with Whalefish & Channel Islands Marine & Wildlife Institute (CIMWI) this summer to work on a case study highlighting our work in marine conservation, research and animal rescue. The project focused on how we utilise mobile technology in our day to day "wet" working environments whether it is in the rescue centre, on the beach or out at sea.

Whalefish Published in Gulf News


Whalefish Co-Director Niru Dorrian was invited to contribute to various articles for Gulf News on the impacts of Human exploitation of marine resources and on climate change.

Whalefish Published in The Marine Professional Magazine


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In 2008 ‘Oceanus Explorers / Oceanus Productions’ produced a documentary feature set in Argentina, highlighting the conservation efforts of the MaryBio foundation. The team included Niru Neil Dorrian and Lorenzo Scala who worked alongside Els Vermeulen. This in turn laid the foundations for the birth of Whalefish.


This film project entitled “The Whales of Patagonia” follows the daily activities of marine scientists as they monitor the populations of Patagonian whales and dolphins and highlights the concerns where human activity interacts with marine life.

Whalefish Published in The Marine Biologist Magazine


We are happy to announce that Whalefish was featured in the Spring 2015 edition of The Marine Biologist magazine. This is a positive step in our continued aim to expand the reach of Whalefish towards the wider audience and to establish strong links and reference for those that are looking to engage in marine conservation and research.

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A short 'day in the life' film of Whalefish Director Lorenzo Scala while he carries out field work with Seiche Ltd drift buoy deployments as part of a mitigation study into the effects of underwater sound on the marine environment of the Cook Inlet in Alaska. The video features the some boat based deployments as well as general day to day activity of working, eating and living offshore on a small boat environement. 

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Watch this introduction video into photo identification research methods.

Whalefish Celebrate as Scientific Director is Awarded PhD


A very special post to congratulate our Whalefish Co-Founder Dr Els Vermeulen on completing her PhD on the 'Population Ecology of Coastal Bottlenose Dolphins in Northern Patagonia Argentina'. 

Whalefish Published in Marine Scientist Magazine


We are happy to announce that Whalefish is featured on the June 2014 edition of Marine Scientist magazine, an IMAREST subscription publication aimed at marine professionals covering topics on marine conservation, science and industry. This is a positive step in our continued aim to expand the reach of Whalefish towards the wider audience and to establish strong links and reference for those that are looking to enhance their careers in marine conservation and research. If you would like to learn more about IMAREST memberships click here.

Whalefish Publications


“Las Toninas de la Bahía” or “Dolphins of the Bay” tells us stories that have never been told before, secrets that up to now were only known to scientists. These secrets explained in a simple but thoughtful way, will reach out to each and every one of you. With the subtitle “Discovering the Dolphins of North Patagonia”, we submerge completely into this unknown and mysterious marine world.


This book, written by professionals in marine mammal biology and education, is the results of the scientific research conducted on bottlenose dolphins between 2006 and 2012 in Bahía San Antonio (Argentina) and adjacent regions in North Patagonia. The aim is to share the results of this investigation, showing how it has increased our knowledge of this population, and contribute to their conservation and protection. If we know more, if we understand these dolphins better, we can all take the commitment to protect what is ours: our marine companions, the bottlenose dolphins of Bahía San Antonio. Let’s embark together! 

Whalefish Scientific Publications


The Whalefish Team are associated with the following scientific publications:


Vermeulen, E., Holsbeek, L., Das, K. 2015. Diurnal and Seasonal Variation in the Behaviour of Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in Bahía San Antonio, Patagonia, Argentina. Aquatic Mammals 41(3), 272-283. DOI 10.1578/AM.41.3.2015.272 


Vermeulen, E and Bräger, S. 2015 Demographics of the Disappearing Bottlenose Dolphin in Argentina: A Common Species on Its Way Out?

PLoS ONE 10(3): e0119182.  doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0119182


Failla, M., Seijas, V.A., Vermeulen, E. in press. Occurrence of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) of the Río Negro Estuary, Patagonia, Argentina and their mid-distance movements along the Northeast Patagonian coast. Latin American Journal of Aquatic Mammals.


Laporta, P., Di Tullio, J.C., Vermeulen, E., Domit, C., Albuquerque, C., Lodi, L. in press. Report of the working group on habitat use of Tursiops truncatus in the Southwestern Atlantic Ocean. Latin American Journal of Aquatic Mammals.


Fruet, P., Secchi, E.R., Daura-Jorge, F., Vermeulen, E., Flores, P.A.C., Simões-Lopes, P.C., Genoves, R.C., Laporta, P., Ditullio, J.C., Freitas, T.R., Dalla Rosa, L., Valiati, V.H., Behereharay, L.B., Möller, L.M. 2014. Remarkably low genetic diversity and strong population structure in common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) from coastal waters of the Southwestern Atlantic Ocean. Conservation Genetics Doi: 10.1007/s10592-014-0586-z


Vermeulen, E. 2012. Abundance estimates of southern right whales (Eubalaena australis) in Bahía San Antonio, Patagonia, Argentina. J. Cetacean Res. Manage. 13(1): 47–51.


Vermeulen, E., Cammareri, A., Holsbeek, L. 2012. Alteration of Southern right whale (Eubalaena australis) behaviour by human induced disturbance in Bahía San Antonio, Patagonia, Argentina. Aquatic Mammals 38(1): 56-64.


Vermeulen, E. and Cammareri, A. 2009. Variation in external morphology of resident bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in Bahia San Antonio, Patagonia, Argentina. JMATE Vol2 N°2.


Vermeulen, E. and Cammareri, A. 2009. Residency, Abundance and Social Composition of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in Bahía San Antonio, Patagonia, Argentina. Aquatic Mammals, 35(3), 379-386.


F. D. McIntyre, N. Collie, M. Stewart , L. Scala and P. G. Fernandes 2014. A visual survey technique for deep-water fishes: estimating anglerfish Lophius spp. abundance in closed areas. Journal of Fish Biology (83), 739–753. 


Weir, C., Coles, P., Ferguson, A., May, D., Baines, M., Figueirdo, I., Reichelt, M., Goncalves, L., De Boer, M., Rose, B., Edwards, M., Travers, S., Ambler, M., Félix, H., Wall, D., Azhakesan, V., Betenbaugh, M., Fennelly, L., Haaland, S., Hak, G., Juul, T., Leslie, R., McNamara, B., Russell, N., Smith, J., Tabisola, H., Teixeira, A., Vermeulen, E.,  Vines, J., Williams, A. 2014. Clymene dolphins (Stenella clymene) in the eastern tropical Atlantic: distribution, group size, and pigmentation pattern. Journal of Mammalogy: December 2014, Vol. 95, No. 6, pp. 1289-1298.