BARNSTABLE, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ — As part of the Wildlife on Tap lecture series, Dr. Michael Moore, director of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s Marine Mammal Center and a recognized international expert on whales, will discuss “How We All Kill Whales,” Wednesday, January 21, 2015 from 6-8 p.m.
The event will take place at Cape Cod Beer, 1336 Phinney’s Lane, Hyannis. A donation of $10 per person in advance or $12.50 at the door will include admission and snacks. All proceeds will help Cape Wildlife Center care for about 2,000 patients in 2015. The brewery’s award-winning beer will be available for purchase.
Moore’s presentation is the first in a series of four lectures presented as part of Cape Wildlife Center’s 2015 Wildlife on Tap lecture series. The monthly lectures, each of which will present an expert discussing an intriguing ocean animal.
Moore, a veterinarian who also holds a Ph.D. from WHOI and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, contends that although Western media tend to dwell on commercial whaling by Japan, Norway and Iceland, there is relative silence regarding how the shipping and fishing industries of many, if not all, maritime countries are also catching and sometimes killing whales, albeit unintentionally. Moore will discuss the development and increase in fishing and shipping in continental shelf waters and its impact on whale populations.
Based at WHOI since 1986, Moore’s research encompasses the forensic analysis of marine mammal mortalities, especially in regard to the accurate diagnosis of perceived human impacts and the prevalence of zoonotic agents, the interaction of natural and man-made impacts on fish and marine mammal stocks, development of systems to enhance medical intervention with large whales, and the pathophysiology of marine mammal diving. Moore works closely with the Right Whale Consortium, provides veterinary support to the Marine Mammal Rescue and Research Division of the International Fund for Animal Welfare and is also involved with wildlife conservation in the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia.
The other Wildlife on Tap speakers, all preeminent experts in their field, will include:
February 25 – Sharon Young, Field Director, Marine Wildlife Protection – The Humane Society of the United States, discussing seals
March 18 – Kathy Zagzebski, President and Executive Director – The National Marine Life Center, discussing sea turtles
April 15 – Simon Thorrold, Senior Scientist, Biology – Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, discussing sharks.
About Cape Wildlife Center:
The Cape Wildlife Center promotes and protects the health and well-being of native wildlife and their habitats, which are integral parts of the Cape Cod community.
Since 2000, the center has been open 365 days a year, providing emergency care and wildlife rehabilitation. A full-time veterinarian, licensed wildlife rehabilitators, and volunteers and student externs work around the clock to heal and restore wildlife for eventual release back into the wild. Rescuers can bring injured, ill, or orphaned wildlife to our Barnstable, Mass., facility.
Cape Wildlife Center
4011 Main Street Barnstable, MA 02630