How to Spot a Whale: Gray Whales and other Marine Mammals of Point Loma
January 17, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pmFree
Speaker: Dr. Thomas Jefferson
Synopsis: Whales and other marine mammals of the Point Loma area have captured the attention of books, folklore and much more over the years. But how can you identify and observe such creatures safely and effectively? Several species of great whales (including a few that are federally listed as Endangered) occur off the coast of Point Loma. In addition, there are a large number of species of dolphins, porpoises, and seals/sea lions. This presentation will give a synopsis of these species, and discuss how they can be identified and observed.
About the Author: Dr. Thomas A. Jefferson (Ph.D. in Wildlife and Fisheries Science) has been studying marine mammals since 1983. Tom, senior author of the well-respected book “Marine Mammals of the World: A Comprehensive Guide to Their Identification” (2015, Elsevier), is currently director of Clymene Enterprises and is an Independent Researcher at the Southwest Fisheries Science Center, NOAA Fisheries. His main interests are the development of marine mammal identification aids, and investigating the systematics and population ecology of the more poorly-known species of dolphins and porpoises. Most of his work has been related to conservation and management of marine mammals threatened by human activities.