Story last updated at 10/28/2009 - 12:17 pm
JUNEAU - Humpback whale scientist Dr. Fred Sharpe will give a talk entitled "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Herring"at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5 at the UAS Egan Lecture Hall.
The talk is a benefit for the Whale Project, which willplace a Skip Wallen life-scale breaching humpback whale andfountain on Juneau's waterfront.
Sharpe is Executive Director and Principal Investigatorfor the Alaska Whale Foundation, which has produced theDVD "Cry of the Bubble Warriors." He is stopping inJuneau on his way to the Sitka Whalefest.
Sharpe holds a Ph.D. from Simon Fraser University in 2001about "Social Foraging of the Humpback Whale in SoutheastAlaska." His studies has received international recognition inthe Fairfield Award for Innovative Marine Mammal Research, and the Society for Marine Mammalogy Award for Excellence in Scientific Communication.
Sharpe has published books about humpback whales as well as songbirds, and led a studyfocused on the marbled murrelets of Southeast Alaska.
Some of Sharpe's favorite topics include the evolution of cooperative behavior and team hunting in animal societies. As part of a collaboration with investigators at SETI and UC Davis, Sharpe is attempting to decipher humpback sounds and better characterize general rules of animal communication.
Material will also be available about the NOAA Humpback Whale Identification Web site.
Suggested donation is $10.
For more more information about the Whale Project or Sharpe's lecture call 321-7558 or visit http://jahc.org/events.php/.
Sitka WhaleFest will be held Friday, Nov. 6 to Sunday, Nov. 8. The annual event features a symposium on marine mammals, whale watching cruises, the Maritime Monthly Grind, a student marine art show, a market and silent auction, and more. For details and the full schedule, visit http://www.sitkawhalefest.org/.