Naturalist set to speak at whale sanctuary March 27

The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary will present a free lecture from 6 to 8 p.m. March 27 by Rachel Cartwright called “Life’s a Breach and then you Dive: Humpback Whale Calf Behavior and Development in Maui Waters.”

The lecture will take place at the Sanctuary Visitor Center, Kihei Conference Room, 726 S. Kihei Road.

Cartwright is the lead researcher for the Keiki Hohola project and has been studying and working with Hawaii’s humpback whales since 1993. Her presentation will focus on her recent findings on humpback whale calf behavior in Maui’s sanctuary waters.

She also will be discussing the possible impacts of vessel traffic on the health and well-being of humpback whale calves.

Cartwright began her career as a naturalist, onboard one of Maui’s many whale-watching vessels. She holds a doctorate in conservation biology and teaches biology and environmental science at California State University, Channel Islands.

Her published research provides new insights into the behavior and development of humpback whale calves in Maui waters.

For more information, call (800) 831-4888.