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John Calambokidis talks whales at Science Cafe

John Calambokidis will discuss new findings on humpback and gray whales at May’s Science Cafe of Olympia presentation. The free event will be held Tuesday, May 9 at 7 p.m. at Saint Martin’s University, Room 110, Harned Hall.

The talk will focus on new findings on large whale species, especially humpback and gray whales — which have become increasingly common in south sound waters. Calambokidis will discuss original research from new tags attached to whales that have revealed their underwater behavior, feeding and response to Navy sonar and ships. These include new video tags that show their behavior from the whale’s perspective.

Calambokidis is a founder and senior research biologist at the Olympia-based Cascadia Research Collective. A graduate of Evergreen State College, he has been studying marine mammals and especially blue, humpback, and gray whales for more than 30 years. He has authored two books on marine mammals (the award-winning Guide to Marine Mammals of Greater Puget Sound from Island Publishers, with R. Osborne and E.M. Dorsey and Blue Whales from Voyageur Press, with G.H. Steiger) as well as more than 200 publications in scientific journals and technical reports. His work has been covered on shows by Discovery Channel, National Geographic, BBC and others.

Science Cafe of Olympia meets each month on the second Tuesday. It’s a cool series that deserves its own Facebook or web page in order to generate more attention.

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