Time: Refreshments at 7:30PM, program at 8:00 PM
Speaker: Ted Cheeseman
Topic: Understanding California's Whales: A Beautiful Recovery... So What Now?
Ted Cheeseman, Humpback Whale Flukes
Description: We have gone from whale killing to whale loving in just a generation; today’s older generations used ‘whalebone’ (baleen) where we now use plastic, and the year before our speaker was born, California’s last whaling station closed, ending hunting of our local whales. They began to recover, and we now enjoy the fruits of this recovery with a robust whale watching industry that is far larger worldwide than whaling ever was. But what are our whales doing? Tonight’s lecture will explore the dynamics of the great whales in our marine ecosystem as learned through photographic ID and citizen science. Today thanks to automated image recognition and the citizen science website www.Happywhale.com, anybody can explore the history of individual whales migrating along the California coast and around the world. Image contributors become citizen scientists, contributing to a deepening world of understanding the behavior of individual whales and the dynamics of our ocean ecosystem.