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Bar Harbor hosting 4th Ocean Life Conference



BAR HARBOR — Allied Whale and the Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company will host the fourth annual regional Gulf of Maine and Ocean Life Conference May 19-20 at the Bar Harbor Club. The conference will include 12 spoken presentations over two days on subjects ranging from oceanography to whales and everything in between. Presentations on May 19 will be in the Ironbound Room of the Pool House beginning at 8 a.m. On May 20 to conference will move to the McMurty Room of the Bar Harbor Club on West Street.

The conference was established as a way to network with regional whale watching companies and to train and educate new marine mammal scientists and guides going into the summer whale watching season.

The director of research at Brier Island Whale Watch, Shelley Lonergan, will be bringing a group of naturalists from Nova Scotia and speaking on their research program around whales. Allied Whale and Bar Harbor Whale Watch Staff will discuss oceanography, the humpback and fin whale catalogs, the stranding program, sharks, ocean fish, and sea turtles. University of Maine graduate student Catlin Ames will discuss his research of sturgeon in Maine rivers and Kate Pielmeier, a graduate student at College of the Atlantic will discuss her research into Frenchman Bay harbor porpoise and potential impacts of cruise ship noise.

This year the conference will again be available to the public. Participants can make reservations to attend by contacting Bar Harbor Whale Watch at 288-2386 or info@barharborwhales.com. The cost of attending one day is $15 and $25 for both days. All proceeds will go to benefit the Allied Whale Marine Mammal Stranding Program.

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