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Published on October 31, 2017 1:38PM

A blue whale near an oil rig in South Taranaki

A blue whale near an oil rig in South Taranaki

Evidence of a unique blue whale population in New Zealand will be the subject of a Saturday, Nov. 4, meeting at Newport Public Library.

Graduate student Dawn Barlow will present the Oregon Chapter of the American Cetacean Society with the findings of a recent study that documented a blue whale population in New Zealand waters. Blue whales were reported during every month of the year in the New Zealand Exclusive Economic Zone, with reports concentrated in the South Taranaki Bight region where foraging behavior was frequently observed.

Barlow is a graduate student at Oregon State University in the Geospatial Ecology of Marine Megafauna Lab. She completed her undergraduate education at Pitzer College in 2016, where she received a B.S. in Organismal Biology and a B.A. in Environmental Policy. Her research interests have led her to spend time along the California coast, Australia, Alaska and New Zealand to study intertidal invertebrates, marine protected areas, bottlenose dolphins, humpback whales and most recently blue whales.

Barlow’s talk, which is free and open to all, will start at 10 am at 35 NW Nye Street.

For more information, contact Joy Primrose at marine_lover4ever@yahoo.com or 541-517-8754.

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