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Technology and Whales: Insights from the modern age

For as long as humans have been exploring the sea, they have been fascinated by the planet's largest inhabitants, whales. Until recently, we have been limited to studying the small fraction of whales' lives spent at or near the ocean's surface. Over the last fifteen years, with the advent of animal-borne sensors capable of logging cetacean behavior underwater, researchers are finally beginning to answer basic questions about feeding behavior and ecology. Only in the last three years have sensors that measure orientation and motion been combined with high-quality video cameras to provide us with a whale’s eye view of feeding events. These incredible feeding events are one driving force behind whale population recovery from 20th-century lows. Please join us as we explore new insights into the feeding behavior of humpback, blue, fin, and gray whales from here along California's coast and far oceans of the globe.

Join us for this lecture by Dave Cade, doctoral candidate at Hopkins Marine Lab.

Cost for the lecture is $5 and free for Museum members.

 

Earlier Event: February 25
Science Saturday: Animal Athletes
Later Event: March 8
Sustainable Pacific Grove