Earthwatch researcher Iva Kovacic leads expeditions to investigate human impacts on whales and dolphins in the waters of northern Norway.
How Will Your Work Have an Impact?
“I really hope, with such a big project, that we’re going to get through to the whale-watching companies, that we’re going to have an effect on conservation that’s not only research. We really do like publishing, and of course every scientist wants to get new results, but in this project, the really practical part of it, the conservation part, is going to be the most exciting thing.”
A great moment in the field:
“The thing with sperm whales is that most of the time they’re not really interested in what we’re doing. So whenever they do get interested in the course of what we’re doing, we all get really crazy. There was one whale that came really, really close to the boat and did a nose lift, lifting his head out of the water to see what we were doing. And deciding to come to us, and then deciding to see what we were up to was really fantastic. With other species, like the killer whales and the dolphins, you get this sort of thing all the time. But the most fantastic thing was when a sperm whale decided to do something like this.”