Notchy, a humpback whale breaching in 2012. The foraging ecology of baleen whales, like humpbacks, is the subject of a talk by Dan Dendanto. PHOTO COURTESY OF ALLIED WHALE

Whale foraging ecology is talk topic

BAR HARBOR — Dan Dendanto, senior scientist at Allied Whale, College of the Atlantic, will speak at the Food for Thought talk at Birch Bay Village Inn on Friday, Jan. 26, at noon.

Dendanto will talk about the foraging ecology of baleen whales in the face of changing climate in the Gulf of Maine. The presentation will provide a background and overview of a new Allied Whale, College of the Atlantic research initiative to better understand the biological consequences of changing environments in the Gulf of Maine on large baleen whales that seasonally inhabit nearby waters off Mount Desert Island.

Dendanto is the creator of Whales and Nails. He has been cleaning, articulating and restoring whale skeletons professionally since 1993. He strives to create dynamic exhibits that convey more about the animals’ lives than their deaths. His knowledge of whale anatomy and extensive experience in the field contribute to his ability to accurately display the remains of these creatures.

In addition to being a senior scientist at Allied Whale, Dendanto is director of the Fin Whale Catalog and a research associate at College of the Atlantic. The research he has been involved in includes the genetics, life history, population, phylogenetics and culture of whales in the North Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

Food for Thought is held at Birch Bay Village in Hulls Cove and is open to the public. The lecture from noon to 1 p.m. is free, and a hot buffet lunch is available at 11:30 a.m. for $11. Reservations, required for either, must be received by noon, Thursday, Jan. 25. Contact Acadia Senior College at 288-9500 or [email protected].



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