The Sound Waters University 2020 Keynote Speaker John Calambokidis will present some of the new findings on large whales in the Salish Sea including the return of humpback whales to this area. He will share some of the insights from deployments of tags on both humpback and gray whales, and discuss some of the new threats they face including the unusual mortality event of gray whales currently underway. His presentation will include video from the tag deployments that provide a unique perspective on underwater behavior, feeding, and social interactions of these inhabitants of the Salish Sea.
Information on new research on gray whales has revealed a far more complex role for this species in the region and shown that several local populations use our waters more extensively than solely as a migratory corridor.
John also will discuss the recent changes in occurrence of humpback whales and latest research findings concerning them. For example, recent results show that humpback whales have increased their use of Pacific Northwest inside waters as a feeding ground and are potentially returning to a role more similar to that which occurred prior to whaling.