Rescuing entangled whales a topic at PWF lecture series

Pacific Whale Foundation’s bimonthly Making Waves Lecture Series will focus on rescuing entangled humpback whales off Maui and preventing vessel-whale collisions.

Titled “Watch Out, Whales About,” the presentation will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, at Pacific Whale Foundation’s Discovery Center at the Ma’alaea Harbor Shops. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

Ed Lyman, resource protection manager and large whale entanglement response coordinator at the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary will offer a slide and video presentation on efforts in Hawaii to rescue humpback whales that are entangled.

The evening will include a presentation by Greg Kaufman, Pacific Whale Foundation founder and executive director of the “Be Whale Aware” program to help prevent vessel-whale collisions. Kaufman will also be presenting observations from Pacific Whale Foundation’s research team from its study relating to the potential for vessel-whale collisions and unexpected encounters with whales off the coast of Maui.

For more information, call Pacific Whale Foundation at 249-8811, ext. 1.