- Science on Tap is an evening lecture series produced by the Georgia Aquarium and is intended for those 21 years of age or older.
- Advance ticket purchase is required for this event. Tickets go off sale at noon Sunday, December 1. Your RSVP here only serves to let others know of your plans to attend.
- Admission is $14.95 for members, $17.95 for non-members, tax not included. Admission includes a selection of beverages, including beer, wine, soft drinks, and light hors d'oeuvres.
- Purchase member tickets here and non-member tickets here.
- Enter the Oceans Ballroom from Level 1 of the Georgia Aquarium parking deck.
Celebrating the Social Intelligence and Foraging of the Alaskan Humpback Whale
Alaska Whale Foundation
Humpback whales of the Pacific Coast of North America are unique, compared to other baleen whales. This population is characterized by a variety of remarkable feeding behaviors that include the production of loud, trumpet-like feeding calls that are apparently used to herd schooling fishes such as the Pacific herring. These whales also demonstrate a type of tool use by deploying large bubble nets around fish schools or krill swarms. The prey is then devoured in a spectacular communal lunge as the whales come rocketing up through the center of the bubble net.
About the speaker
Fred Sharpe received his PhD in Animal Behavior from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. He has been investigating the social foraging ecology of Alaskan Humpback whales since 1987. His studies have received international recognition; including the Fairfield Award for Innovative Marine Mammal Research, and the Society for Marine Mammalogy Award for Excellence in Scientific Communication.
Fred is also a naturalist in the classical tradition. He is co-author and illustrator of various books including Wild Plants of the San Juan Islands, Birding in the San Juan Islands and Voyaging with the Whales. He serves as a Level Four Disentangler with the Alaska Marine Mammal Stranding Network and is a founding board member and principal investigator of the Alaska Whale Foundation.
Photo: Whales surfacing together with the bubble net also coming to the surface around them (Alaska Whale Foundation).