Coastal Conversations Radio Program: Whale Mortalities in the Northwest Atlantic

Submitted by Natalie Springuel on Wed, 11/15/2017 - 13:47

Whale Mortalities in the Northwest Atlantic

Coastal Conversations show: November 24, 2017

WERU 89.9 in Blue Hill and 99.9 in Bangor

Host: Natalie Springuel, Maine Sea Grant

Right whale photo
Right whale. Photo: Allied Whale

2017 has been an alarming year for the Endangered Right Whale in both New England and the Canadian Maritimes, with up to 16 whales found dead in Northwest Atlantic waters. For a population that hovers around 450 individuals, losing 16 right whales in a few months is a big deal.

This is Natalie Springuel, from the University of Maine Sea Grant, host of Coastal Conversations. On our next program, we are going to ask why so many whales have died this year, and what these mortalities tell us about changing habitats throughout the Gulf of Maine and the Gulf of Saint Lawrence.

Make a note to tune in Friday November 24, the day after Thanksgiving, from 10-11 am when we explore these issues with guests Dr. Sean Todd, the director of Allied Whale, College of the Atlantic’s marine mammal research lab, and Zack Klyver, the lead naturalist at Bar Harbor Whale Watch.

Only on WERU community radio, 89.9 FM in Blue Hill and 99.9 in Bangor, and online at WERU.org.

Guests

Dr. Sean Todd, the director of Allied Whale, College of the Atlantic’s research program

Zack Klyver, the lead naturalist at Bar Harbor Whale Watch and founder of Flukes International Tours

For More Information

Allied Whale
Bar Harbor Whale Watch
Adopt a Whale
2017 North Atlantic Right Whale Unusual Mortality Event, NOAA Fisheries Page
Right Whale Deaths in Gulf of St. Lawrence, Canadia DFO page
Whale Research to Highlight Impact of Climate Change

Listen to the show on the WERU archives

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