Right whale. (Contributed photo.)

Right whale. (Contributed photo.)

Friends host webinar about world’s rarest whale

  • Thu Jul 23rd, 2020 1:30am
  • Life

Submitted by Friends of the San Juans

Join Friends of the San Juans and Kevin Campion of Deep Green Wilderness at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, July 23 on Zoom to hear about Kevin and his team’s expeditions to film the North Pacific right whale.

In “The North Pacific Right Whale: Why You Should Care about the World’s Rarest Whale” you’ll learn about what right whales mean for modern conservation efforts in the North Pacific and Salish Sea and view scenes from the upcoming film “Right Over the Edge.” You’ll also hear from Friends’ Marine Protection Program Director, Lovel Pratt, about an upcoming action alert (our Salish Sea neighbors in Canada need our help to stop a terminal expansion that would generate up to 520 additional container ship transits each year).

Less than 200 years ago, North Pacific right whales were frequently seen along the Pacific Rim. Commercial whaling severely depleted the population of North Pacific right whales beginning in the 19th century and continuing into the 1970’s. Today the eastern population of North Pacific right whales is critically endangered— considered by many to be the most endangered whale population on Earth. While they are no longer hunted, the whales are impacted by human activities exacerbated by their small population size.

Kevin is the Founder of Deep Green Wilderness and Captain of the 86 year old Orion, and is a lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest. Captain Kevin believes strongly in voyaging to capture the imagination of youth and engage with the environment. With Deep Green Wilderness, Captain Kevin has combined his love of sailing with his passion for teaching ecology and conservation.

Registration is required. Register by clicking here on http://sanjuans.org/upcoming-events. The presentation will also be live-streamed on the Friends of the San Juans’ YouTube channel.