“Right Whale Conservation: A Look to the Future” with Christy Hudak

10:00 a.m. Sunday, August 14, 2022

Live at the Chapel and on Zoom. All are welcome!

North Atlantic right whales, Eubalaena glacialis, are among the rarest of the baleen whale species. Distinct populations of right whales were scattered across the oceans of the world until they were decimated by heavy and consistent whaling. For 30 years, researchers at Provincetown’s Center for Coastal Studies have worked to learn more about right whales, their use of Cape Cod Bay and their habitat requirements. This presentation looks at the emergent whale behaviors, challenges to their conservation, and new strategies for monitoring and protecting this endangered species.

The Zoom registration link is here.

Christy Hudak has been a Research Associate in the Right Whale Ecology Program at the Center for Coastal Studies for over ten years. After obtaining her M.S. in Marine Biology from Nova Southeastern University in Florida, Christy worked at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, heading the Manatee Program at the Tequesta Field Station. From the sunny shores of Florida, Christy brought her experience in marine mammal necropsies, rescues, tracking, aerial surveys, and photo identification to the cool shores of Cape Cod and currently focuses on the food resource of the North Atlantic right whales, microplastics, and eDNA.