Humpback Whale Mysteries and the Science Being Used to Solve Them

October 7, 2019 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Lyman Museum
276 Haili St. Hilo HI 96720
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Male humpback whales engage in an elaborate display of singing each year, but the function of their song is largely a mystery. Photo credit: Ed Lyman

Evening Presentation:

In January 2016 many of Hawai‘i’s ocean users began to notice something strange:  noticeably fewer humpback whales than in previous years during the same time period.  This marked the start of an unusual period in the annual occurrence of whales in Hawaiian waters.  Dr. Marc Lammers, of the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, shares some of the science that has been conducted to better understand the observed trends, as well as the underlying causes.  In addition, another humpback whale mystery—the function of the iconic song produced by males—is explored in our showing of the recent PBS documentary, “Changing Seas: Mystery of the Humpback Whale Song.”  This documentary features the research of both Dr. Lammers and UH-Hilo’s Dr. Adam Pack, as they dive into the world of the humpback whale to uncover the reason why males sing.  This episode was filmed on location off Maui very recently (in February 2019) … and a Q&A session with Drs. Lammers and Pack will follow their presentations, twice on Monday, October 7 (afternoon and evening).

Admission to these wonderful programs is free to Museum members, and $3.00 for nonmembers.  Please support the Museum by becoming a member, and enjoy all Saigo Series programs, all year round, at no charge!  Seating is limited; first come, first seated.  ON MONDAY EVENINGS ONLY, additional parking is available next door at Hilo Union School, Kapiolani St. entrance; park, then walk through our green gate in the rock wall

On Monday evenings, doors open at 6:30PM.  E komo mai!