California has incredible biodiversity including nature’s largest and magnificent animals—whales. Learn how Oceanic Society (and YOU through citizen science) contribute to whale research (population monitoring), whale conservation and rescue (through entanglement responses), and whale education (international trips). Additionally, Kathi will share information about whale entanglement—2016 statistics, responses, and prevention efforts.
About Kathi Koontz George: Kathi (Koontz) George is the Bay Area Programs Manager at Oceanic Society and the Director of California Whale Rescue. Kathi is also a permitted responder with NOOA’s whale entanglement response network. Kathi has participated in six whale disentanglements, numerous entangled whale responses, and over fifty sea lion disentanglements. Kathi is an avid diver, snorkeler, and advocate for marine wildlife. She has a degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University and spends as much time as she can underwater and on boats.