Upcoming Speakers


May 8, 2024 6:30pm via Zoom 

Dr. Naomi A. Rose

Marine Mammal Scientist

About the Speaker

Naomi Rose is the senior scientist (marine mammal biology) for the Animal Welfare Institute in Washington, DC. She campaigns against cetacean live capture, trade, and captivity and has been a member of the International Whaling Commission Scientific Committee since 2000, where she participates in the subcommittees on environmental concerns, small cetaceans, and whale watching. She has testified before the U.S. Congress four times, at the Canadian Parliament, and at several state legislative and regulatory hearings. Her work was featured in the 2012 non-fiction book Death at SeaWorld: Shamu and the Dark Side of Killer Whales in Captivity, by David Kirby, and she gave a TedX Talk in 2015 on captive orca welfare. She received a Ph.D. in biology from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1992, where her dissertation examined the social dynamics of free-ranging orcas. She has worked in the marine mammal advocacy field for over 30 years.

About the Presentation

Orcas vs. Yachts

September 11, 2024 7pm via Zoom and the Legacy

Dr. Audra Ames

About the Speaker

Dr. Audra Ames is a bioacoustician studying the communcation and echolocation systems of toothed whales. She is a postdoctoral research associate with the Animal Behavior and Senses Lab at Hubbs SeaWorld Research Institute (San Diego, CA). Dr. Ames was a graduate student of the Marine Mammal Behavior and Cognition Lab at the University of Southern Mississippi, where she completed her Master's study of signature whistle development of a bottlenose dolphin calf in response to production of signature whistles from the calf's social group surrounding the calf's birth. She was recruited to study beluga vocal development at Oceanografic in Valencia, Spain as her PhD thesis following completion of her Master's thesis in 2016. The beluga vocal repertoire became Dr. Ames' primary focus until the completion of her PhD in 2019, when she pivoted her experience to studying additional species. She remained as a researcher at Oceanogr√°fic (Spain) until December 2023, when she joined the team at Hubbs. Currently, her studes are focused on the communication sounds of belugas, narwhals, bottlenose dolphins, and Risso's dolphins. She is exploring the unique sounds individuals of these species produce to determine how they are produced and processed, if and how they are affected by human-made disturbances, and if they can be used for monitoring purposes. 

About the Presentation

Narwhal and Beluga Whales

Meeting ID: 513 147 5168

Passcode: Whales

Information About Attending In Person Aboard the Legacy

Before the presentation, join us for Happy Hour aboard the Legacy at 6:30 PM. You can enjoy snacks for $3, as well as a selection of beer, wine, and canned cocktails priced between $5 and $9.

Location wise, we'll be at the Legacy Whale Watch (sdwhale.com) 1717 Quivira Rd, San Diego, CA 92109, behind the Seaforth Sportsfishing building. Be sure to arrive early because we have someone waiting at the dock gate to let you through.

Parking will be available at 1717 Quivira Rd. (Seaforth Sportsfishing parking lot) or out on 'Quivira Rd where designated. Pleasenote that the neighboring businesses on either side of the Legacy parking lot are towing aggressively, so don't park in Seaforth Boat Rentals, Seaforth Marina, Marina Village parking lots, or risk being towed. Parts of their parking lot are marked for permit parking, so be sure to look for those posts.

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