Everyone will be out of their element at the Tuesday, Nov. 21, meeting of the Oregon Coast Learning Institute, with SCUBA diving and marine mammal strandings both on the agenda.
Jill and Bori Olla will get the learning started at 10 am with “Diving Bonaire,” and account of their underwater adventures in the waters around this small Caribbean island throughout the past 15 years.
Bonaire is surrounded by a healthy coral reef, which attracts a bounty of fish life and other marine invertebrates. A retired marine biologist, Bori Olla has been widely published in a number of professional journals on a variety of subjects dealing with marine behavioral ecology.
At 1 pm, Jim Rice will present “Marine Mammals Ashore,” a look at how stranding events offer a wealth of information to researchers and resource managers.
“Strandings provide valuable insight into the lives of marine mammals,” Rice said, “including their seasonal distribution, life history, environmental contaminant exposures, and incidents of human interaction and disease.”
The Oregon Coast Learning Institute meets each Tuesday at Salishan Spa and Golf Resort, located east of the traffic light at Gleneden Beach.
Dues of $75 cover all of the 12 Tuesdays in the fall semester, and guests are always welcome to attend a full day’s presentations for free.
For more information, go to www.ocli.us or call 541-994-4610 or 541-265-8023.