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An Evening with Ari Friedlaender, Marine Ecologist & National Geographic Explorer

By OceanFirst on 8/23/17

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Baleen whales in Antarctica were heavily exploited during commercial whaling ventures in the 20th century, so much so that populations are only now beginning to show signs of recovery.  At the same time, the Antarctic Peninsula is undergoing a rate of climate change that is more rapid than nearly any other part of the planet.  Add to this, a growing commercial krill fishery in the region, and there are numerous looming threats to the structure and function of the Antarctic marine ecosystem.

For the past 15 years, Ari Friedlaender and his colleagues have developed new technology to study the behavior, movement patterns, and threats to baleen whales in Antarctica. Join us on Thursday, September 14th for a presentation that will take you through the science that he and his team do, from tagging whales with video-recording devices, to flying drones over whales to measure their health, to try and better understand these ocean giants, the potential threats they currently face, and what we can do to try and minimize our impact.  Through images, video, literature, and curriculum they are working to both educate the broader community about Antarctica and generate the necessary support to continue protecting this unique wilderness.

Thursday, September 14th at 6:30pm
 

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