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  • BLUE WHALE ODYSSEY

  • Tuesday 21 October at 12:00PM
  • Nat Geo Wild

JOHN CALAMBOKIDIS

John Calambokidis is a Research Biologist and periodically serves as an Adjunct Faculty at the Evergreen State College teaching a course on marine mammals. His primary interests are the biology of marine mammals and the impacts of humans. He has authored two books on marine mammals (on blue whales and a guide to marine mammals) as well as more than 50 technical reports and publications in scientific journals. He has conducted studies on a variety of marine mammals in the North Pacific from Central America to Alaska. He has directed long-term research on the status, movements and underwater behavior of blue, humpback and gray whales. Some of his recent research has included attaching tags to whales with suction cups to examine their feeding behavior and vocalisations.

DR. BRUCE MATE

Bruce has conducted marine mammal research since 1967, including determining the migration routes of sea lions along the west coast of the United States; a post doctorate in biochemistry investigating heavy metals and organochlorines in pinnipeds; marine mammal/fishing conflicts; and VHF telemetry studies of seals and gray whales. He has also been a leader in the development of satellite-monitored radio telemetry for marine mammals. Using this technique, he has tagged and tracked manatees, pilot whales, bottlenose dolphins, white-sided dolphins, gray whales, right whales, bowhead whales, humpback whales, sperm whales, fin whales and blue whales.
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