Speaker: Daniel M. Palacios, Endowed Associate Professor in Whale Habitats, Whale Telemetry Group, Marine Mammal Institute and Dept. of Fisheries & Wildlife, Oregon State University
Topic: Tracking humpback whales off Oregon and Washington with satellite telemetry: What have we learned?
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.
Thursday, November 14 at 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Hatfield Marine Science Center, Guin Library Seminar Room
2030 SE Marine Science Dr, Newport, OR 97365