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Basking with Humpbacks

Lecture

Basking with Humpbacks: Tracking Threatened Marine Life in New England Waters

with Author Todd McLeish

 

Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 1pm

Todd will discuss excerpts from his book, Basking with Humpbacks, that will take the audience on an entertaining journey with biologists who are studying these creatures to better understand the complex threats they face. He also follows basking sharks, the second largest fish in the sea as they search for food, helps harbor porpoises escape from fishing nets, snorkels in search of wild bay scallops, and learns how the blood of horseshoe crabs is used in medical research. Along the way he visited the islands where rare seabirds nest, tracked humpback whales on their long migration to the Gulf of Maine, and watched as stranded sea turtles were released back into the ocean.

In examining the natural history of these creatures, Todd also discusses the physics of waves and currents, the geology of the seabed, the chemistry of sea water, and other natural factors influencing the lives of New England marine life.

Rhode Island-based science writer Todd McLeish has been writing about wildlife and environmental issues for more than 25 years. He has written four books about natural history topics, including Return of the Sea Otter and Narwhals: Arctic Whales in a Melting World.

Free with Museum Admission

For more information please call the Museum at 508-896-3867 ext. 133.