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Jodi Frediani, "Lions and Leopards and Whales, Oh My!"
Join ACS San Francisco Bay Chapter for an evening with Santa Cruz based, award winning photographer Jodi Frediani. Jodi will take us on a visual journey and natural history and behavioral tour of the many marine species she has met on her extensive world travels. From orcas and humpback whales of Norway to leopard seals, penguins, humpback whales and more along the Antarctic Peninsula, we’ll have the opportunity to meet these animals through her eyes. She’ll share underwater photos from the Silver Bank off the Dominican Republic where she regularly swims with humpback mothers and calves, as well as underwater photos from Tonga’s humpback breeding grounds. Her presentation will also include images from Monterey Bay including tiny jelly-like creatures (Velella velellas), and the largest mammals to have ever lived on planet Earth (blue whales). Her photos will include amazing lunge-feeding humpbacks and the fish they feed on, hunting killer whales, lazy sea lions, sharks, mola molas, sea birds, and much, much more. Come learn a bit about the lives of these wonderful marine animals we are fortunate to share the planet with and enjoy catching a glimpse of them in action. This event is open to the public. A $10 donation is encouraged, $5 for students. Donations help cover event costs and fund cetacean research and education programs. ABOUT JODI FREDIANI Jodi Frediani is an award-winning photographer specializing in images of marine species. She has been swimming with and photographing humpback whales on the Silver Bank (Dominican Republic) for the past 17 years and off Tonga for the past three. Based in Santa Cruz along the Monterey Bay, she has been photographing our local marine fauna since 2009. Her travels have also taken her on photographic adventures to Alaska, Antarctica, Argentina, Brazil, Norway, and Thailand, as well as Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe. In addition to her photography, Frediani has been collecting fluke ID photos on the Silver Bank for inclusion in a Dominican Republic catalog prepared in conjunction with the Dominican NGO, CEBSE, and Whale Samana. She also provides fluke ID photos from Monterey Bay and her other travels to Happy Whale, and she is engaged in several scientific projects involving whales. Jodi's images have appeared locally in the Santa Cruz Sentinel, the Monterey Herald and the San Jose Mercury News. They have appeared nationally and internationally in The Atlantic,, Brazil’s, Hakai Magazine, and the U.K.’s Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph. Some of her marine images can be found in permanent collections at the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center in Santa Cruz and in municipal offices in Samana and Santa Domingo, the Dominican Republic. Her images have been recognized for excellence in multiple national and international competitions and juried exhibits, including the 2017 California Academy of Sciences Big Picture Competition and the 28th Edition of the Memorial Maria Louisa International Mountain, Nature and Adventure Photo Contest. Her work has also been featured by the BBC and National Geographic. You can check out her photography at Click for more info: Tagged #whale, #humpbackwhale, #silverbank, #underwaterphotography, #killerwhale, #marinemammals, #blueocean, #acssanfrancisco

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The San Francisco Chapter of the American Cetacean Society (ACS) supports the mission, vision, and values of the national organization: to protect whales, dolphins, porpoises, and their habitats through public education, research grants, and conservation actions.

Whales, dolphins, and porpoises face more challenges today than at any other time in history. More than ever before, we must explore innovative, strategic ways to ensure the protection, safety, and welfare of cetaceans, and restore the health and biodiversity of wild marine and riverine habitats.

Together, we can protect cetaceans and their habitats in ways that restore ecosystem health, and in doing so, secure hope for humankind.

ACS recognizes that mission success will only be possible in cooperation and collaboration with key partners. We value and commit to creating and maintaining effective partnerships with key non-governmental, intergovernmental, and non-profit organizations, local whale watching operators, government and private entities, and academic institutions whose missions intersect with our own.

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