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HMSC Science on Tap: Life as a PCFG: A close look at the ecology and health of Pacific Coast Feeding Group gray whales in Oregon waters

Speaker: Leigh Torres,  Associate Professor OSU Dept. of Fisheries, Wildlife & Conservation Sciences, Marine Mammal Institute, Oregon Sea Grant Extension

Topic: Life as a PCFG: A close look at the ecology and health of Pacific Coast Feeding Group gray whales in Oregon waters

Over the past seven years, Torres and her team have studied the ecology and health of Pacific Coast Feeding Group (PCFG) gray whales that forage in the coastal waters of Oregon. They use multiple tools to understand these whales’ health, behavior and environment, including drones, poop collection, suction cup video tags, hydrophones, underwater GoPro videos and prey collection. In this talk Torres will discuss recent findings, including the prey quality and estimated microplastic consumption rates of PCFG whales, changes in stress levels relative to vessel traffic, the consequences of entanglement and vessel strike events, contrasting body condition and morphology, unique foraging behaviors, and impacts of rapid habitat change on PCFG foraging rates. These findings highlight the unique life history strategy, threats, and culture of PCFG
gray whales.
We hope you can join us for this conversation about our local gray whales.

Dial-In Information

Or call: US: 1-971-247-1195
Webinar ID: 980-7280-7606

Wednesday, November 30 at 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Hatfield Marine Science Center, Marine Studies Building Auditorium
2030 SE Marine Science Dr, Newport, OR 97365

Event Type

Lecture or Presentation

Event Topic

Research, Sustainability

Audience

Community Members, Faculty and Staff, Student, Online

County

Lincoln

Cost

Free

Organization
College of Agricultural Sciences, Hatfield Marine Science Center
Contact Name

Cinamon Moffett

Contact Email

Moffettc@oregonstate.edu

Contact Phone

541-867-0126

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