Join American Cetacean Society, San Francisco Bay Chapter for a fascinating presentation by Josh McInnes.
In the eastern North Pacific, three ecotypes of killer whale have been identified: resident, transient, and offshore.Â Transient killer whales are apex predators that specialize on foraging for marine mammals. This specialization shapes all aspects of their ecology, from foraging and acoustics to social structure and genetics! Transient killer whales are distributed from Southern California to the Bering Sea, with many sub-populations being socially and geographically distinct.
With changes in ocean ecosystems during recent years, there has been an increased interest in understanding how transient killer whales affect prey both directly and indirectly.
In anticipation of the April/May height of the transient killer whale â€śseasonâ€ť in Monterey Bay, we invite you to join Josh as he outlines the natural history and ecology of transient killer whales in the eastern North Pacific.
Admission is free.Â Registration is recommended as we expect a high level of interest!Â Â Weâ€™ll reserve seats for Eventbrite registrants.
Donations are encouraged, $10 general, $5 students. Donations support education programs that build appreciation for whales, dolphins,Â and porpoises, and research grants which help the next generation of marine scientists deepen understanding of threats to cetaceans and find solutions to protect and conserve them.