Gray Whale Documentary Premier: SWFSC (NOAA/NMFS)

The San Diego Chapter of the American Cetacean Society is proud to offer the initial screening of three (not for profit) new educational gray whale documentaries produced by the Southwest Fisheries Science Center (for use by educators and for display at aquariums, museums, and other interested organizations).

These films will be shown at 7:00 p.m., at Sumner Hall, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 8595 La Jolla Shores Drive, on January 14, 2015.

Two gray whale experts, Wayne Perryman and Jim Carretta (featured in the films), in addition to the producers of the videos, will be in attendance and available for a question and answer session following the screening.

Following is further information concerning the documentaries:

“The evolving story of the Eastern Pacific population of gray whales, from
endangered to thriving, is a beacon of hope for other conservation
efforts. North Pacific gray whales were nearly hunted to extinction, but
through conservation efforts and scientific research, much of the
population has rebounded.  Wanting to share this remarkable story with
others, the Southwest Fisheries Science Center decided to produce three
(not for profit) educational videos that will be available for educators
and display at aquariums, museums, and other interested
organizations.  Each video follows a unique theme of the story: 1) gray
whale migration, 2) the rigors of gray whale research, and 3) the recovery
of the gray whale.  Furthermore, these videos touch upon the long-term
research that has been conducted on populations of gray whales off the
coast of Russia (also known as the Western Pacific population of gray
whale).  Each video contains interviews with some of the dedicated
scientists who have studied both the Eastern and Western North Pacific
populations of gray whales in two remote locations over the last couple of
decades: an island off Russia and a century-old lighthouse station in
central California.”

This is a terrific opportunity for you and/or your organization to benefit from the work of local scientists. 

For questions, contact:

Libby Williamson Ehlers, MSc.
Biologist
Marine Mammal and Turtle Division -&- Antarctic Ecosystem Research Division
Southwest Fisheries Science Center
NOAA, National Marine Fisheries Service
8901 La Jolla Shores Dr.
La Jolla, CA 92037

email: Libby.Williamson@noaa.gov
phone: 858-334-2823
websites: *http://swfsc.noaa.gov/mmtd/ <http://swfsc.noaa.gov/mmtd/>*
& *http://swfsc.noaa.gov/aerd/
<http://swfsc.noaa.gov/aerd/>*

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