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A Return to the Epicenter of Antarctic Whaling, South Georgia Island

    Join us In-Person or Online, Thursday, May 19, 2022

    Guest Speaker:

    Scott Baker, OSU Professor and Associate Director of the Cetacean Conservation and Genomics Laboratory

    About the talk: Scott Baker will report on the results of a recent expedition to investigate the recovery of whales around South Georgia and on the genetic analysis of bones scattered along the shore of South Georgia from whales killed more than 100 years ago.

    Following the advent of modern commercial whaling in the early 20th century, more than 2,000,000 whales were killed in the Southern Hemisphere alone. The center of this slaughter was South Georgia Island, a key summer feeding ground for humpback, blue and fin whales. Over a period of 60 years, records show that more than 176,000 whales were killed and processed at the many whaling stations established after Larsen’s pioneering venture. When the whalers had finished, the local abundance of whales had vanished.

    It has now been more than 50 years since the last whale was taken from the waters of South Georgia. Have the whales begun to return to South Georgia or were they truly extirpated?

    Event Details

    Date/Time: Thursday, May 19

    • 5:00 - 6:00 pm - Food and beverages available for purchase
    • 6:00 pm - Event Begins

    Location: HMSC Gladys Valley Marine Studies Building, #916, 2030 SE Marine Science Drive., Newport, OR 97365

    Zoom Webinar Link:

    • Or Call: US: +1 971 247 1195
    • Webinar ID: 928 1642 0727

    For accommodation requests related to a disability, please contact Cinamon Moffett at 541-867-0126.

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