Multimedia humpback discussion in Koloa today

A free public lecture and multimedia presentation by marine mammal researcher Mark Deakos, on the past, present and future of Hawai‘i’s humpback whales, is today at 6:30 p.m. at the Koloa Public/School Library, according to a press release.

The lecture will touch on current understanding of the biology and behavior of humpback whales, and the methods used to learn about and protect them.

His lecture will include a special update on the large, multi-national study of humpback whales in the north Pacific, called SPLASH (Structure of Populations, Levels of Abundance and Status of Humpbacks).

Deakos is the researcher in charge of the Kaua‘i portion of SPLASH, and is on the island this month conducting field research.

Among the goals of SPLASH researchers is to gather valuable information on the health and genetic diversity of humpback whales.

The lecture is sponsored by officials at the Koloa Public/School Library, the Hawaii Association for Marine Education and Research, and the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary.

Call the Koloa Public/School Library at 742-8455, for more information.

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