What’s new in whale research

There’s always something new happening in the world of whale research.

Anton van Helden, Te Papa’s marine mammal specialist, will be fronting Science Express @ Te Papa on Thursday 3 April, at 6.30pm in Espresso on Level 4.

He’s going to talk about some of the recent findings from the annual meeting of South Pacific whale researchers (SPWRC) recently held at Auckland University. These researchers use non-lethal methods to study whales – important at a time when some countries, such as Japan, continue to kill whales in the name of science.

He’ll also talk about new info on beaked whales (some of the whale species closest to his heart) – including a curious tale of a possible new species of beaked whale from Kiribati.

Anton van Helden with a beaked whale skull
Anton van Helden with a Gray’s beaked whale skull Mesoplodon grayi

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