Whale entanglement response coordinator will give free talk

Maui Ocean Center’s Sea Talk Series continues from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday with a presentation on large whale entanglement response by Ed Lyman, Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary’s large whale entanglement response coordinator.

Entanglement is one of the primary threats to humpback whales and other marine mammals.

Lyman has participated in disentangling whales for over 20 years.

He will describe the difficult and sometimes dangerous task of freeing a 40-ton, likely free-swimming whale from entangling gear through the use of dramatic footage obtained from helmet and pole-mounted cameras.

He will also provide some of the information gained over the years that may help mitigate the threat of whale entanglement in the future.

Sea Talks are held at Maui Ocean Center in the Open Ocean exhibit. Admission is free, with entry through the aquarium’s front gate from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. Advance reservations are recommended by calling 270-7088.