Marine mammalogist Daniel Palacios will describe current research on humpback whales at the Hatfield Marine Science Center (2030 S.E. Marine Science Dr., in the South Beach area of Newport) in the Guin Library Seminar Room at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14.
Dr. Palacios is Endowed Associate Professor in Whale Habitats, Whale Telemetry Group, Marine Mammal Institute and Department of Fisheries & Wildlife at Oregon State University. His topic is “Tracking humpback whales off Oregon and Washington with satellite telemetry: What have we learned?”
Here is his summary of his subject matter:
“Knowledge of the occurrence and distribution of humpback whales off the Oregon and Washington coasts, as well as of the threats they face, is scant. Over the last four years (2016-2019), we have been using satellite telemetry combined with photo-ID and genetics to monitor humpback whale movements and dive behavior along these coasts with the purpose of identifying and characterizing habitat use and population identity. This presentation will highlight some of the results of this effort so far, which are already filling a significant knowledge gap. The new information generated by this study is critical for a number of current management needs, including naval operations, fisheries interactions, and an improved delineation of the Distinct Population Segments of this species that seasonally occupy waters off the U.S. West Coast.”
The talk is part of the HMSC Seminar Series. These presentations are free and open to the public.