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Marine Mammal Science

Jun 27, 2020

Dr. Vanessa Pirotta is this week’s guest talking to host Dr. Chris Parsons about her research on humpback whales with drones and “snotbots”.  They also talk about whale entanglements in shark nets, swimming with whale tourism and the famous white humpback whale “Migaloo”. 

Jun 21, 2020

This week Chris Parsons interviews Sally Mizroch and world expert on the sei whale. Sei whales were heavily hit by whaling and her research indicates that many stocks have never really recovered. But this whale is largely overlooked by marine conservation groups.

Sally talks about the history of industrial and...

Jun 13, 2020

Dr. Eric Archer is Chris Parsons’s guest this week. Dr. Archer discusses the work of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) marine mammal genetics lab, his research in fin whales, and what it’s like to do oceanic surveys for whales and dolphins and to live on one of NOAAs research vessels.

Jun 7, 2020

Dr. Lorelei Crerar is Dr. Chris Parsons’s guest this week. Dr. Crerar talks about how Georg Steller discovered the Steller’s sea cow, and about its extinction.

They also talk about the “bigfoot” of the oceans – the mythical sea monkey that Steller reported seeing.

They also talk about Dr. Crerar’s research...