Oregon’s Summer Resident Gray Whales: Unleashing a Well-Kept Secret

Tuesday, May 15, doors at 5 pm, talk from 7-9 pm

 

Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan, Portland

 

Get there early if you want a seat (trust me!)

 

Few people realize that there is a pod of about 70 gray whales that spends the summer off the Pacific Northwest coast. These whales spend the winter around Baja but have figured out that they don’t have to migrate all the way to Alaska for the summertime; instead, they stay and feed in the waters off Oregon. At this Science Pub, find out about the individual whales that consistently come back each summer, their personalities, what they eat, and the research being done to record and preserve them.

Carrie Newell is a professor of marine biology at Lane Community College and is a gray whale researcher and expert that hosts whale watching tours off Depoe Bay. The Cousteau team produced a film that aired on PBS in July 2006 about her discoveries on how the Pacific Northwest pod feeds. She is the author of A Guide to Summer Resident Gray Whales along the Oregon Coast that includes pictures of the whales, how to ID them, and describes their unique personalities.