My time at the WDC North American office has come to an end; it has flown by and has been a wonderful experience.
Some species of whales and dolphins can migrate many thousands of miles, travelling through the national waters of a number of different countries to get to their destinations.
Friday was the last day of the official Biennial Conference and the weekend was filled with workshops about specific topics. Colleen and Monica will fill us in on those later this week, once they return to the US, but here are their thoughts about the final day of the conference!
After 4 full days of presentations and non-stop learning, Colleen and Monica are feeling the wear and tear of the conference. They only have one more day of the conference, followed by 2 days of workshops, so they are in the final stretch! They were able to celebrate as Monica gave an oral presentation today and Colleen completed her second poster session!
Half way through the conference and there are no signs of slowing down! Monica and Colleen both had busy days learning about everything from narwhal hearts to beluga ear structure!
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Colleen and Monica are still going strong at the Biennial Conference and it sounds like Day 2 was all about networking. For so many in the marine mammal field, everyone is spread out geographically, so this conference brings everyone together in one place.
If you missed Day 1 updates, check them out here.
Yesterday was the first day of the Biennial Conference and sounds like it was full of information! Collen and Monica's brains are already bursting with new facts so let's hear what they have to report back:
Whaling used to be the main source of income in Hermanus. Today, the locals still profit from whales – but without harming them! The small city of Hermanus is located on the Western Cape of South Africa and is one of the best places on earth for land-based whale watching.
It’s a big ocean out there. We’re learning a lot about whales these days in nearshore waters but good information on where exactly they live in most of the ocean is in short supply. At the same time, a quarter of the 90 whale, dolphin and porpoise species are threatened and half are not well enough known even to classify them as threatened or not.