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LIVE Dockside Chat: White Sharks and Gray Seals

July 20, 2020 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Please join us on Zoom for another LIVE Dockside Chat and Q & A!

This month’s topic is “White Sharks and Gray Seals: Movements of white sharks off a gray seal haul out at High Head, Massachusetts”.

Rich Delaney, Center for Coastal Studies President and CEO, will be joined by biologist Lisa Sette, manager of seal research at CCS, and Bryan Legare, a seascape ecologist and doctoral intern in the CCS Seafloor Mapping program.

Once all but destroyed by hunting and overfishing, both seal and white shark populations rebounded in our local waters after the passage of federal management and protection regulations in the 1970s and 1990s respectively. With their return comes a unique opportunity for scientists to study the relationship between these two species.

Lisa Sette has been monitoring gray seal seasonal haul outs in southeastern Massachusetts for more than a decade. She is also a founding member of the North Atlantic Seal Research Consortium. Bryan Legare is a PhD student at UMass Amherst. His current research examines the relationship between white shark movement patterns and nearshore white shark habitat.

Please note that the focus of this Dockside Chat is seal and shark biology, so we will not be tackling management issues during the presentation.

We will be recording this session, so if you’re unable to tune in at 12.30 pm please let us know and we’ll send you a link to the video. We also encourage you to send in questions for the panel ahead of the discussion and we’ll do our best to answer them during the taping.

You MUST preregister to participate in this live event. Space is limited, so sign up soon!




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