Cetacean Society to meet in Newport

Sharing the science

The Oregon Chapter of the American Cetacean Society is having its monthly meeting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Newport Public Library, 35 NW Nye St. The event is free and open to the public. 

The presentation topic will be “Sharing the Science: What 2,500 Whale Watchers are doing for Research,” by guest speaker Ted Cheeseman.

“There’s something amazing happening across the Pacific Ocean: every single humpback whale swimming in waters accessible by tour vessels may soon be identified as an individual and tracked,” says Cheeseman. “A growing team of citizen scientists collaborating with researchers through the web platform Happywhale, www.Happywhale.com, have now identified over 16,000 individuals from the Antarctic to Alaska. Suddenly, whale science has become personal, and accessible, and hopefully, more powerful. With this, we are more quickly identifying entangled whales, learning if individuals who have suffered entanglements survive. Join us to enjoy stories and images from an inspiring movement in citizen science.”

Cheeseman grew up in California, son of a naturalist and zoology professor couple whose shared mission in life was to educate the public about wildlife. He began whale watching (and getting seasick) at a very young age and has been leading wildlife and marine mammal focused tourist expeditions for Cheesemans’ Ecology Safaris for more than two decades, with a focus on Antarctica and, at warmer latitudes, on responsibly operated in-water whale experiences. Cheeseman is currently a Ph.D. student studying humpback whales and is the developer of the marine mammal citizen science platform Happywhale, mapping the world’s whales.

For more information, contact Joy Primrose, ACS Oregon chapter president, at [email protected] or 541-517-8754. 

The American Cetacean Society protects whales, dolphins, porpoises and their habitats. The nonprofit organization was founded in 1967 and is headquartered in San Pedro, Calif. Information on the ACS can be found online at www.acsonline.org. Information can also be found on Facebook at American Cetacean Society-Oregon Chapter.


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