Making Waves Lecture Series
 Free talk and Slideshow: Orca Whales of the Pacific

05/19/2011 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Pacific Whale Foundation's Discovery Center, Ma'alaea

Orca (killer) whales are top-level predators in the Pacific Ocean. They  have been sighted in Hawaii. Pacific Whale Foundation's Senior Scientist Dr. Daniela Maldini will share her insights about orca whales during a talk and slide show from 6:30 to 8:00 pm at Pacific Whale Foundation's Discovery Center, downstairs at the Ma'alaea Harbor Shops. The talk is free and open to the public. 

Killer whales (Orcinus orca) are one of the most widely distributed cetacean species in the world. Their density is much greater in cooler waters than in tropical regions. You'll learn about transient, resident and offshore orca whales and their widely differing diets. And you'll get the answer to the question that many in Hawaii ask at this time of year: do they hunt humpback whales?

Daniela Maldini has a BS in Biological Sciences from the University of Pavia, Italy, an MS degree in Marine Sciences from San Jose State University/Moss Landing Marine Laboratories in California, and a PhD in Zoology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She also completed a teaching Post-Doc through the Center for International Educational Exchange at the Bonaire Marine Research Station in Kralendjik, Netherland Antilles.

She spent five years in Alaska studying transient killer whales and their interactions with Steller sea lions as a Research Associate at the Alaska SeaLife Center. She also joined the first killer whale expedition in the Russian Far East to unveil the mysteries of this poorly studied part of the ocean.  

Pacific Whale Foundation's Making Waves Lecture Series is offered on the third Thursday of each month, and features speakers and films relating to the marine environment and conservation. For information, call (808) 249-8811.