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General Meeting: Antarctic Whale Science: How Do Humpbacks Find Their Food?
Mike Coffin Emeritus Professor, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS)presents Humpback whales feed mainly on krill and small fish, but how these 25,000 – 30,000 kg baleen cetaceans find sufficient food for sustenance without echolocation remains a mystery. An ongoing, multi-year, science-industry collaboration is attempting to solve this conundrum by testing the hypothesis that an engimatic organ beneath the lower jaw of humpbacks senses chemicals associated with plankton consumption. This presentation focuses on the inaugural collaborative expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula in March 2019.
Tuesday, April 5, 2022, 7:30 PM until 9:00 PM
Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania