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Blue whale communication subject of free lecture tonight in San Pedro

March 31, 2009 |  8:59 am


Blue whales have already been sighted this season off Southern California, and more will arrive in the coming months, delighting whale watchers out of Dana Point, Long Beach, Ventura and Santa Barbara.

Tonight is a good opportunity to learn more about Earth's largest inhabitants. John Hildebrand, a professor at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, will discuss blue whale communication from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro. The aquarium is located at 3720 Stephen M. White Drive.

The talk, part of the American Cetacean Society/Los Angeles chapter's monthly speaker series, is free, and the public is invited to meet Hildebrand beginning at 6 p.m. at nearby Puesta del Sol Restaurant at 1622 Gaffey St.

Part of Hildebrand's talk will focus on passive acoustic monitoring for the study of whales and dolphins.

— Pete Thomas

Photo courtesy of National Geographic Channel