Ecology Seminar: Omura’s Whales in Madagascar: Describing the Ecology of a New Baleen Whale Species (Salvatore Cerchio; New England Aquarium/WHOI)

01/31/2018 - 12:15pm
Hubbs Hall 4500
Event Description: 

The Omura’s whale (Balaenoptera omurai) was first described from dead specimens in 2003, and not observed in the wild until 2013 off northwest Madagascar, making it the newest and most enigmatic member of the lunge-feeding baleen whales (Balaenopteridae).  Since then, the Madagascar research team has studied the species, describing for the first time its external appearance, feeding ecology, social behavior, seasonal and spatial distribution, acoustic and singing behavior and assessing potential anthropogenic threats.  Dr. Cerchio will present this voyage of discovery, and what it means to work with a new species of whale in the 21st century.

For more information on this event, contact: 
Angela Szesciorka
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