There’s something amazing happening across the Pacific Ocean: every single humpback whale swimming in waters accessible by tour vessels may soon be identified as an individual and tracked. A growing team of citizen scientists collaborating with researchers through the web platform Happywhale, www.Happywhale.com, have now identified over 16,000 individual whales from the Antarctic to Alaska. Suddenly, whale science has become personal, and accessible, and hopefully, more powerful. With this, we are more quickly identifying entangled whales, learning if individuals who have suffered entanglements survive. Join us to enjoy stories and images from an inspiring movement in citizen science.
The Oregon Chapter of the American Cetacean Society is having our monthly meeting on Saturday September 22, 2018 at 10:00AM. The meeting will be held at the Newport Public Library, 35 NW Nye, Newport, OR. The event is free and open to the public. Join us for “Sharing the Science: What 2500 Whale Watchers are doing for Research” by guest speaker Ted Cheeseman.
Ted Cheeseman grew up in California, son of a naturalist and zoology professor couple whose shared mission in life was to educate the public about wildlife. Ted began whale watching (and getting seasick) at a very young age and has been leading wildlife and marine mammal focused tourist expeditions for Cheesemans’ Ecology Safaris for more than two decades with a focus on Antarctica and, at warmer latitudes, on responsibly operated in-water whale experiences. Ted is currently a PhD student studying humpback whales and is the developer of the marine mammal citizen science platform Happywhale, mapping the world’s whales.
The American Cetacean Society protects whales, dolphins, porpoises, and their habitats. The non-profit organization was founded in 1967 and is headquartered in San Pedro, CA. Information on the ACS can be found on the website: www.acsonline.org
You can also find them on Facebook now at American Cetacean Society-Oregon Chapter.