Rare Whales, Amazon ‘Clears the Shelves’, March 1 Lecture

Yesterday, we posted a story about Amazon.com.jp selling nearly 150 different whale products. Apparently the global reaction to this news has prompted Amazon in Japan to remove all of these products from their website. Hopefully this move will be permanent.

Shepherd's Beaked Whale. Illustration by Phil Coles, http://www.beakedwhaleresource.com/

A research team from Tasmania experienced one of those rare moments of excellent timing last month. While looking for blue whales, they encountered a pod of Shepherd’s Beaked Whales, (Tasmacetus shepherdi) sometimes known as Tasman’s Beaked Whale, and caught them on film. Like most beaked whales, most of what is known about this species comes from studying stranded animals.

Don’t forget about the engaging lecture planned for the Whaling Museum’s Cook Memorial Theater next Thursday night.  Dr. Peter J. Capelotti will discuss one of the most informative and important reports ever written about industrial whaling in the 1930s, The Whaling Expedition of the Ulysses 1937-1938. Reception begins at 6:30, lecture at 7:30. Special student price of $5 available for students with valid ID.

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