Ocean Alliance was founded in 1971 by renowned cetacean biologist Dr. Roger Payne. Roger’s discovery in the 1970s that humpback whales sing songs was not only a landmark moment for the birth of modern whale biology, but also for the global "save the whale" movement. The haunting and beautiful song combined with its presumed role in courtship connected the public with these animals in an emotional and heretofore unseen manner, raising the public opinion that led to the global moratorium on commercial whaling in 1982.
Some of the whale song recordings Roger made were inserted in a 1979 National Geographic magazine article, making it the largest single-press run of any record in history at the time. In addition, these sounds were part of the payload onto the Voyager 1and 2 spacecraft, which scientists now believe have left our solar system and entered interstellar space. CEO Iain Kerr likes to jest that this makes Ocean Alliance the only non-profit with an interstellar space program!
The Ocean Alliance is also well-known for the unprecedented Snotbot - a drone that flies through whale blow to collect valuable biological data about its health and ecology.
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