Two important and timely talks about orcas this week, in Seattle on Wednesday, and in Port Townsend on Thursday.

American Cetacean Society – Puget Sound Chapter Presents
KILLER WHALE STRANDINGS AND DISEASES
Dr. Stephen Raverty

Wildlife diseases can devastate populations and impact human health. Some pathogens have decimated cetacean populations around the world and have the potential to impact the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whale Population. Identifying and preventing these diseases, however, can be tricky as very little is known about diseases of killer whales. Dr. Raverty will take you on a decade-long journey to learn more about the diseases of these top predators and how what they are findings could prevent killer whale recovery.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010, 7:30 – 9
Phinney  Neighborhood Center, Room 6
6532 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle (just north of the Woodland Park Zoo)
Doors open at 7pm and the program starts at 7:30pm (until 9PM).
Plenty of free parking is available in the upper and lower parking lots.
Admission is FREE. Donations accepted.
Info: acspsinfo@acspugetsound.org
www.acspugetsound.org


Port Townsend Marine Science Center presents
CONTAMINANTS IN KILLER WHALES
A lecture by Gina Ylitalo, Northwest Fisheries Science Center

Ms. Ylitalo will present Information on a range of contaminants currently found in orca populations.  She’ll also address the potential health effects of these toxins on other marine mammal species, as well as fish.

Thursday, Nov 18, 7 PM
Natural History Exhibit, Fort Worden State Park
Port Townsend, WA
$5 PTMSC members, $7 for non-members

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