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California Orcas: Expert Talk on New Discoveries | North Bay

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | Cost: FREE
Bay Model Visitor Center | 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA

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While killer whales are found in all of the world’s oceans, their lives in the wild are poorly understood, in part because there are tremendous differences between different groups of orcas. Though the species range spans the globe from pole to pole, individual orcas belong to regional ecological groups, called ecotypes that have distinct ranges and behaviors. Scientists recognize at least 10 ecotypes for the species worldwide, three of which can be found off California : Southern Resident, Transient, and Offshore.

Sarah will delve into the different killer whale “ecotypes” that regularly visit the waters of central California and how the Marine Mammal Stranding Network (a group of agencies, organizations and volunteers) retrieved an entire killer whale skeleton for display at the California Academy of Sciences for their “Built for Speed” exhibit.

Sarah Allen has studied marine birds and mammals for more than 30 years mostly in California but also for 2 seasons in Antarctica . Currently, she is a burreau-ologist, working as the Ocean and Coastal Resources Program lead, for the Pacific West Region of the National Park Service. She promotes the establishment and study of marine protected areas, coordinates National Ocean Policy within the National Park Service for the Pacific West Region, .and collaborates with other agencies to prepare for changes in climate and its effects on marine ecosystems. She received her B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of California , Berkeley in Wildland Resource Science.

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Cost: FREE
Categories: Lectures & Workshops, North Bay
Address: 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA