Thursday, July 28th 7 PM at the Pacific Rim Institute
Listening to Potheads: Recording and
Rescuing Long-finned Pilot Whales
By Elizabeth Zwamborn
Long-finned pilot whales are large delphinid species found in the temperate waters of the North Atlantic and Southern Oceans. Despite being notorious for mass stranding, we know relatively little about them - especially concerning their vocalizations. During this lecture I will be sharing stories from the field, findings from my studies on their repeated calls, as well as the work I have done with the Marine Animal Response Society (MARS) with stranding response over the last few years in Nova Scotia, Canada.
Elizabeth Zwamborn was born and raised in British Columbia on the shores of the Salish Sea. She has just finished her masters of biology at Dalhousie University studying the repeated calls of long-finned pilot whales. Elizabeth has been part of a diverse array of research projects, from collecting recordings of northern resident orcas and sailing off the Galapagos Islands tracking groups of sperm whales, to combing the blueberry fields of Washington State looking at bird pest problems and sorting through sea lion scat for evidence of their last meals.
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golden paintbrush (Castilleja levisecta), photo by Joseph Sheldon, Ph.D.