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ACS’s 14th International Conference – Nov. 7-9, 2014

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ACS 14th International Conference

 November 7-9, 2014

At the Hyatt Regency in beautiful Newport Beach, CA.  

Early Bird Registration Discounts!


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New Science on California Orcas – October 28th at Bay Model

October 28, 2014 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Where:  Bay Model Visitor Center    2100 Bridgeway,  Sausalito, CA 94965

$5 Donation goes toward Student Research Grants

Sarah Allen

New Science on California Orcas

s. allenWhile killer whales are found in all of the world’s oceans, their lives in the wild are poorly understood, in part because there are tremendous differences between different groups of orcas. Though the species range spans the globe from pole to pole, individual orcas belong to regional ecological groups, called ecotypes that have distinct ranges and behaviors. Scientists recognize at least 10 ecotypes for the species worldwide, three of which can be found off California: Southern Resident, Transient, and Offshore. 

Sarah will delve into the different killer whale “ecotypes” that regularly visit the waters of central California and how the Marine Mammal Stranding Network (a group of agencies, organizations and volunteers) retrieved an entire killer whale skeleton for display at the California Academy of Sciences for their “Built for Speed” exhibit.  Continue reading

Behind the scenes at the IWC

November 13, 2014 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Where:  Saylor’s Restaurant and Bar, Upstairs Cabo Wabo room

2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965

Cost:  $5 Donation goes toward Student Research Grants

Melanie Smith:  Behind the scenes at the IWC

iwcThe International Whaling Commission (IWC) is the global intergovernmental body charged with the conservation of whales and the management of whaling.  It is set up under the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling signed in 1946.  Join Melanie Smith, SF Bay ACS Vice President and ACS National Representative to the IWC this year, for an exclusive look into IWC65.  Melanie will share what went on at the IWC and what happened behind the scenes.  She will explore key countries and their positions, as well as what can be done to move forward with conservation of whales, not whaling.  Melanie will also lead a discussion of what we can do here at home to improve dialogue for the next IWC meeting.


melanie 2014Melanie Smith is the Vice President of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the American Cetacean Society.  She graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Science, with specialization in research and conservation.  Her work with SF Bay ACS includes educational outreach in schools and at public events, project management and instruction design for the naturalist class, and representing ACS national at the International Whaling Commission in September, 2014.  Outside of ACS, she volunteers with the National Park Service to monitor harbor seal populations, is a science docent at Seymour Center Marine Discovery Lab, and is a volunteer research assistant with a PhD student at UC Santa Cruz, researching mussels.

Dramatic 24-hour Gray Whale Disentanglement off Laguna Beach, CA

Capt. Dave and his wife, Gisele, were headed to dinner with friends Friday evening at 5:30 PM when they received a call from one of their whale watching boats that a whale with a huge amount of gillnet wrapped around its tail flukes had been spotted. They quickly abandoned their plans and headed to Dana Point Harbor where they met up with volunteer members of Capt. Dave’s crew, Tom Southern, Mark Tyson and Steve Plantz and headed out in their whale watching boat to see the entangled whale and attempt to help it before it got dark. Continue reading