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Migrating Whales and Whalers Cabin

Lo, February approaches, and with it yet another enticing year of monthly docent get-togethers. Ah, the joyful fellowship. Oh, the delicious diet-busting treats. And of course, the always-interesting presenters. But first, let's clear away the rumors. No, Class 32 will not be presenting an interpretive dance at the meeting, and neither will Ed be entertaining us with his tuba stylings. At least not in February.

The truth is even better: a terrific line-up.   And for the main course? Our speaker, at the February 7th meeting, will be Jim Harvey, the Director of Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, and a professor there in vertebrate ecology since 1989. He has studied gray whales, harbor seals, humpback whales, sooty shearwaters, leatherback turtles, and northern fur seals, mostly in the the North Pacific. Much of his research has included the use of tag technology to understand the diving behavior and movements of marine animals. 

In his talk Jim will describe the incredible annual migration of gray whales from waters off Alaska to the lagoons and coast lines of Mexico. And he will tell the real-life story of the attempts to rescue three young gray whales caught in the ice off Barrow, Alaska. Jim was one of the two whale scientists sent to the rescue, and will tell you how the movie which was made of this adventure, “Big Miracle”, was somewhat true, and somewhat a big tale.

  "Big Miracle" is available through Netflix, if you want a (Hollywoodized) preview of Jim's talk. And Jim's web page can be found at http://birdmam.mlml.calstate.edu/faculty/james-t-harvey-ph-d/   Want to ask insightful questions?  Bone-up on Gray Whales: ➩ FACTS

 For the refresher, we'll listen in as Vicki Odello gives us an up-close-and-personal look at Whalers Cabin. If you were asked to choose, say, three favorite items from the cabin to talk about, which would you choose? Hmmm...well, we'll get to hear about Vicki's choices.

  Well, I'm certainly excited. I hope you are too, and I look forward to seeing you all on February 7th.

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