Posted on: March 14, 2011

Free Talk on Thursday, March 17: “On the Trail of the Whale in Australia” -- Stories of Whale Research Along Australia's Coast

 Pacific Whale Foundation's monthly Making Waves Lecture Series will present a free talk and slideshow titled "On the Trail of the Whale in Australia" on Thursday, March 17, from 6:00 pm
to 7:30 pm. The presentation will take place at Pacific Whale Foundation's Discovery Center, downstairs at The Harbor Shops at Ma'alaea.

The presentation will include a brief introduction of Pacific Whale Foundation's research efforts in Australia by Dr. Daniela Maldini, Research Director, followed by a talk by Amanda Hutsel and Annie Macie, researchers at Pacific Whale Foundation who have each spent approximately three months per year for  four years working on an extensive study of humpbacks along the coast of eastern Australia. Their talk will cover encounters with whales in the region of the Great Barrier Reef, in the Whitsunday Islands, Hervey Bay and near Eden, a small town in southern Australia that was once a whaling station.

"I'll be sharing what it's really like to be a whale researcher," says Hutsel, who dreamed of becoming one as a child. "I'll do my best to give attendees the experience of being right there on the boat with our research team, as we covered thousands of miles along the Australian coast."

The talk is free and no reservations are required. To learn more about the talk, please call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811.