May, 2019

09May7:00 PM8:30 PMSonic Superpowers: Listening into the World of Whales in the Great Bear Fjord SystemA presentation by Dr. Ben Hendricks, UVic/Gitga'at First Nation/North Coast Cetacean Society/ WWF-Canada7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Prince Rupert Public Library

Event Details

As part of the North Coast Whale Festival (May 6-12), join the Prince Rupert Public Library, the North Coast Ecology Centre Society and the North Coast Cetacean Research Initiative for a special evening presentation about whales!

About the presentation:

The ocean is a world of sound. Where light fails to penetrate the deep, acoustics are the primary tool for whales to communicate, find prey, avoid predators, navigate, and attract mates. Whales are masters of sound and they are vulnerable to noise that humans generate through marine exploration and vessel traffic. In this talk, Dr. Ben Hendricks will introduce the acoustic characteristics (and superpowers) of some of the whale species local to the area. He will outline the threats these whales face in areas where humans and whales share the same habitat.

The North Coast Cetacean Society partners with the Gitga’at First Nation and WWF-Canada and is committed to developing the necessary knowledge and tools to mitigate human impact on whale habitat in northern British Columbia. Ben will introduce their activities and science projects in the Kitimat Fjord System, and in particular the hydrophone network that tunes in to the acoustic world of whales.

About the presenter:

Dr. Ben Hendricks is currently a Mitacs Elevate postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Victoria. In this position, he is responsible for the design, development, and implementation of acoustic detection, classification, and localization algorithms for cetaceans. The project is an industry collaboration with the Gitga’at First Nation, WWF-Canada, and the North Cost Cetacean Society who operates a hydrophone array in the Kitimat Fjord System, British Columbia. His work focuses on northern resident killer whales, transient (Bigg’s) killer whales, humpback whales, and fin whales. The project combines components from software engineering with ocean acoustics, marine biology and conservation.

Learn more about Whale Fest activities here


(Thursday) 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM


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