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September 2017

North Pacific Dolphins Optimize Foraging with the Lunar Cycle

September 26, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, 3720 Stephen M White Dr
San Pedro, CA 90731 United States
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“By the Light of the Moon: North Pacific Dolphins Optimize Foraging with the Lunar Cycle” by Anne Simonis of Scripps Institution of Oceanography Until recently, what dolphins do at night has been “out of sight and out of mind”. This presentation will explore how four North Pacific dolphin species with distinct foraging preferences and diving abilities optimize nocturnal foraging with the moon. The behavior of dolphins and their prey are observed using acoustic technologies. Visual observations of dolphins and data…

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October 2017

Special screening of “Souls of the Vermillion Sea”

October 31, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, 3720 Stephen M White Dr
San Pedro, CA 90731 United States
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Special screening of “Souls of the Vermillion Sea” Followed by Q&A The vaquita is the world’s most endangered marine mammal with fewer than 30 individuals remaining on the planet. This small porpoise is found only in the Northern Gulf of California and researchers have predicted that without a dramatic effort to protect them, the species could be extinct by the end of this year. In April of 2015 Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto announced a ban on the use of…

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November 2017

Encounters in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska

November 28, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, 3720 Stephen M White Dr
San Pedro, CA 90731 United States
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Encounters in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska by Kristin Campbell Kristin Campbell recently volunteered for a two-week research-cruise aboard the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service R/V Tiglax with the Marine Mammal Laboratory’s Alaska Ecosystems Program. The research focuses mainly on the Stellar sea lion and Northern fur seals, but takes a close look at all species, including killer whales. The scientists on the cruise deployed satellite tags, used towable underwater cameras and unmanned hexacopters, as well as conducting more traditional…

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January 2018

Saving the Most Endangered Marine Mammal

January 30 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, 3720 Stephen M White Dr
San Pedro, CA 90731 United States
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Saving the Most Endangered Marine Mammal by Lorenzo Rojas-Brajo, Instituto Nacional de Ecología y Cambio Climático, Mexico and David Bader, Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific The Vaquita, a tiny porpoise with the most limited range of any cetacean, is the most critically endangered marine mammal in the world, with fewer than 30 individuals left alive. Vaquitas are dying at an alarming and unsustainable rate in illegal gillnets set for the Totoaba, a fish whose swim bladder is believed in…

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March 2018

Baja Stories

March 27 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, 3720 Stephen M White Dr
San Pedro, CA 90731 United States
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Baja Stories: Adventures in the Gray Whale Calving Lagoons of Mexico “Open Mic” night Close encounters with magnificent gray whale mothers with their playful offspring have to be at the top of any list of wildlife experiences anywhere in the world. The “friendly grays of Baja” have been delighting visitors for almost five decades and more and more adventurers are taking part in these encounters. Tiny humans float in skiffs piloted by local fishermen and allow the majestic animals to…

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April 2018

Up and Away: Drones Over Maui Humpbacks

April 24 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, 3720 Stephen M White Dr
San Pedro, CA 90731 United States
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Up and Away: Aerial Observations Provide New Insights into the Lives of Humpback Whale Mom-calf Pairs in Maui Waters by Andrea Mendez-Bye and Sarah Scrivano Every winter, the waters around Maui become a temporary nursery for humpback whale mother and calf pairs. Over the last three seasons, the Keiki Kohola Project, led by Dr. Rachel Cartwright, has been using small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (drones) to gather aerial footage that can be used to document the health and wellbeing of these pairs,…

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May 2018

Data tags provide insight into baleen whale behavior and threats

May 29 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, 3720 Stephen M White Dr
San Pedro, CA 90731 United States
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Medium-duration archival acoustic tags provide insight into baleen whale behavior and threats by Angela Szesciorka, Scripps Institution of Oceanography Technological advances are providing researchers with brand new tools to gain insight into the underwater lives of marine mammals. Angela Szesciorka and her team collected thousands of hours of recordings and dive data with state-of-the-art high-resolution tags attached to 22 blue whales off the California coast from 2014 to 2017, giving them a much more detailed picture of the animals’ underwater…

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June 2018

Finding Your Passion Through Volunteering

June 26 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, 3720 Stephen M White Dr
San Pedro, CA 90731 United States
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Finding Your Passion (and Saving the Whales) Trough Volunteering by Pattie VanOver Indictor and Meghan McLeod, La Mer Maids The ocean has a way of inspiring people. One of the ways the love and stewardship for the marine environment is channeled is through the Cabrillo Whalewatch naturalist training program. Pattie VanOver Indictor and Meghan McLeod met each other and a dedicated group of like-minded individuals while training to become naturalists on local whale watching boats, and their passion inspired them…

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August 2018

Sharing the Science: 2000 whale watchers and counting

August 28 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, 3720 Stephen M White Dr
San Pedro, CA 90731 United States
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Sharing the Science: How 2000 whale watchers are doing what researchers can’t (afford to) do by Ted Cheeseman, HappyWhale There’s something amazing happening across the Pacific Ocean: every single humpback whale swimming in waters accessible by tour vessels may soon be identified as an individual and tracked. A growing team of citizen scientists collaborating with researchers through the web platform Happywhale, www.Happywhale.com, have now identified over 15000 individuals from the Antarctic to Alaska. Suddenly, whale science has become personal, and accessible,…

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November 2018

Saving the Southern Resident Killer Whales: What Will It Take?

November 27 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, 3720 Stephen M White Dr
San Pedro, CA 90731 United States
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Saving the Southern Resident Killer Whales: What Will It Take? John Fleming and Catherine Kilduff, Center for Biological Diversity Southern Resident killer whales made news earlier this year when a grieving Tahlequah (J35) carried her dead calf for 17 days, followed in short order by the starving death of four-year-old Scarlet (J50). The SRKWs have been listed as endangered since 2006 and the population has declined to 74 from a high of 100 in the mid-1990s. There is little doubt…

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