Over the years, Hvalsafari AS has collaborated in a number of large and small-scale research projects to increase knowledge about whales and marine life in Andenes and surrounding areas. We strive to contribute to science advancement by providing researchers access to our vessels for data collection on trips, access to our ID database and more. Do not hesistate to contact us if you are interested in carrying out a research project with us.


Here, we provide a list of publications that resulted from the research supported by, or carried out in collaboration with, Hvalsafari AS. Please let us know about any missing publications so we can include them (and the pdf) on the list.

Årstall/Year: Publikasjon/Publication:
1999:Lettevall E. & Øien N. (1999). Mark-recapture modeling of the sperm whale population of Andenes in the Norwegian Sea. Poster.
1999:Ugarte F., Sarvas T. H. & Karlsen J. (1999). Behaviour of an adult male Sperm Whale in a shallow fjord in Northern Norway. Poster.
1999:Sarvas, T.H. (1999). The effects of the deep scattering layer on the diving behavior of sperm whales off Andøya, Norway. Master’s thesis, University of Helsinki.
2000:Møhl, B & Wahlberg, Magnus & Madsen, P & Miller, Lee & Surlykke, A. (2000). Sperm whale clicks: Directionality and source level revisited. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 107. 638-48. 10.1121/1.428329.
2003:Lettevall, E. (2003). Abundance, association and movement within discrete populations of sperm whales Physeter macrocephalus. Ph.D. thesis, Göteborg University, Göteborg, Sweden.
2003:B. Møhl, P. T. Madsen, and M. Wahlberg. (2003). The monopulsed nature of sperm whale clicks, The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, vol.114, issue.2, pp.1143-1154.
2004:Zanoni, D. (2004). Photo Identification studies of Sperm Whales (Physeter macrocephalus) at the head of Bleik Canyon, Northern Norway; Master’s thesis, University of Tromsø.
2006:Ciano, J. & Huele, R.. (2006). Photo-identification of sperm whales at Bleik Canyon, Norway. Marine Mammal Science. 17. 175 - 180. 10.1111/j.1748-7692.2001.tb00989.x.
2010:Lamoni L., Ilmoni C., Tepsich P., Moulins A., Rosso M., Wurtz M. (2010). Buzz rates comparison between two sperm whale feeding grounds. Poster presented at the 24th Conference of the European Cetacean Society.
2011:Rødland, E.S. (2011). Population estimation of Sperm Whales (Physeter macrocephalus) from Bleik Canyon, Norway; Master’s thesise, University of Oslo.
2011:Kovacic et al. (2011). Spatial and temporal distribution modelling of Sperm Whales and Killer Whales in Bleik Canyon, Northern Norway; poster presented at the 25th Conference of the European Cetacean Society.
2011:Zanoni D, Kovacic I & Acosta Plata M. (2011). Unique interaction between a white-beaked dolphin (Lagenorhynchus albirostris) and a male sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalous) in Bleik Canyon, Northern Norway. Poster.
2011:Lamoni, L. (2011). Study on the residence of male Sperm Whales (Physeter macrocephalus) in a North Atlantic feeding ground; Master’s thesis, University of Genova, Italy.
2012:Steiner L., Lamoni L., Acosta Plata M., Jensen S-K., Lettevall E., Gordon J. (2012). A link between male sperm whales, Physeter macrocephalus, of the Azores and Norway. Journal
of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom.
2012:Cosentino M, Orfeo M, Acosta Plata M & Kovacic I. (2012) Promising results of the first land-based cetacean surveys from Andenes lighthouse, Norway. European Cetacean Society Conference, Galway, Ireland.
2012:Orfeo M, Vester H, Bergland L, Acosta Plata M & Kovacic I. (2012). First photo-identification collaborative effort to disentangle the distribution and habitat use of long-finned pilot whales in Northern Norway.
2013:Kovacic, I., Torres, B., Cosentino, M., Manjaric, N., Tassara, L., Acosta Plata, M. (2013) “Habitat modelling using whale-watching data: a good option?”. European Cetacean Society. Setubal, Portugal.
2013:Acosta Plata M, Cosentino M & Kovacic I. (2013). Whalesafari Andenes: Case study on the synergy between whale watching and cetacean research.
2013:Majnaric N, Aizpurua Quiroga I, Broms F, Acosta Plata M, Cosentino M & Kovacic I. (2013). Feeding humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) in Northern Norway during the winter.
2015:Rødland, E. S. & Bjørge, A. (2015). Residency and abundance of sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) in the Bleik Canyon, Norway. Marine Biology Research 11, 974–982.
2015:Cosentino, Mel. (2015). First record of Norwegian killer whales attacking and feeding on a harbour porpoise. Marine Biodiversity Records. 8. 10.1017/S1755267215000895.
2016:Cosentino, Mel. (2016). Effects of Whale-Watching Vessels on Adult Male Sperm Whales Off Andenes, Norway. Tourism in Marine Environments. 11. 215-227. 10.3727/154427316X14580612748560