Maui Whale Festival's Evening with the Experts: "A Night of Whales"

Date: 
02/11/2012 - 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: 
Westin Ka'anapali
Is a MWF event: 
This is a MWF event

If you can't get enough of the whales that are seen by day in Maui's nearshore ocean waters, don't miss this free evening of presentations, video and photos on whales by noted experts from Hawai'i and across the United States.

You'll be treated to an incredible slide show of underwater humpback whale photography and hear about astounding whale encounters by Douglas Hoffman, who photographs Southern Hemisphere humpback whales in Tonga, Fiji and Indonesia. You'll also hear humpback whale social sounds, and learn about whale communication and the impacts of anthropogenic noise from researcher Alison Stimpert, a PhD candidate at the University of Hawai`i at Manoa who studies the acoustic behavior and social sounds of humpback whales on their feeding grounds in the Atlantic (Stellwagen Bank National Marine
Sanctuary) and on their breeding grounds in Hawai`i, using suction cup acoustic tags (DTAGs and Bprobes) and passive acoustic recording techniques.

Dr. Carole Carlson, a scientist who has spent over twenty-six years studying cetaceans off the east coast of the United States, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Chile, the Dominican Republic and the Eastern Caribbean and is an acknowledged world expert on photo-identification techniques, humpback whales and whale watching will be discussing information on whalewatching and recent contributions to science and conservation. (Her work and that of Dr. Stormy Mayo on humpback whale photo-identification at the Center for Coastal Studies was the inspiration for the PBS series “The Voyage of the Mimi.")  Dr. Carlson also serves on the Whalewatch Sub-Committee of the International Whaling Commission and has organized and conducted several international whalewatching workshops. To wrap it up and bring it closer to home, Dr. Daniela Maldini, Chief Scientist at Pacific Whale Foundation will discuss her work to prevent vessel-whale collisions in Hawaii, by analyzing humpback whale surprise encounters and vessel near misses.
 
This special evening presentation takes place at the Westin Ka’anapali from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. Admission is free and all are welcome. No reservations are required, but it is helpful to call ahead to reserve a seat for this special event. This evening is one of two "Evenings with the Experts" hosted by Pacific Whale Foundation with support from
Expedia Local Expert. For information or to reserve a seat, please call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.