Researchers are investigating recent changes in blue whale populations and distribution off the West Coast as well as new insights into their underwater behavior. Whale expert John Calambokidis will discuss the threats to these populations and highlight the Aquarium of the Pacific’s contribution to long-term photographic identification research on blue and fin whales.
Calambokidis is a senior research biologist and one of the founders of Cascadia Research Collective, a non-profit organization formed in 1979 based in Olympia, Washington. At Cascadia Research Collective, he has directed more than 100 projects. He has overseen long-term research on the status, movements, and underwater behavior of blue, humpback, and gray whales. Some of his recent research has included attaching tags to whales with suction cups to examine their feeding behavior and vocalizations. He periodically serves as an adjunct faculty member at the Evergreen State College, teaching a course on marine mammals.