Our Celebration of Conservation highlights three important marine conservation stories – two successful stories and one still being written. As part of TEAM VAQUITA, students learn about gray whales, elephant seals, and vaquita. Gray whales and elephant seals were once so close extinction it’s amazing either species survived. Due to protection efforts and public awareness, both species are thriving. Both have been delisted (removed) from the endangered species list. Vaquita, a kind of porpoise, needs that same kind of happy ending. It is the most endangered whale in the world. There are only 30 vaquita left in the world.
To register or find out more, check out the list below and contact the museum or science center near you.
In February, WhaleTimes Director Ruth Musgrave joined the DEEPEND Science Team at the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Ecosystem (GoMOSES) annual conference in New Orleans. Several members of the DEEPEND Science Team presented their research through talks, papers, and posters. After the conference concluded, the Team met for their annual all-hands meeting.
Our annual DEEPEND meetings are a fast-paced day when Science Team members shares their latest research and plans. Groups worked together to discuss the research and next steps. Watching the scientists collaborate was an amazing time to see the scientific process in action. So much news. Keep up with the DEEPEND Science Team members and find out more about the latest news at: deependconsortium.org.
Ruth Musgrave, Director of WhaleTimes at Outreach/Education Poster Sesson
Tammy Frank and Heather Judkins
DEEPEND Team listening to research updates
Rosanna Milligan sharing the latest on DEEPEND’s deep-sea fish research
April Cook and Squirt
Tammy Frank and Richard Hartland
Dante Fenolio, Travis Richards, Cole Easson, and Jose Lopez
Laura Timm and Heather Bracken-Grissom
DEEPEND Outreach/Education Poster
Kevin Boswell shares findings from DEEPEND research
Creep into the DEEPEND Summer Camps are back! This summer, Creep into the DEEPEND Summer Camps are offered throughout the country for k-8th grade. To register or find out more, check out the list below and contact the museum or science center near you.
(Organizations are incorporating and sharing DEEPEND Research within their summer camp program. Summer camp program, topics, title, and registration policies vary depending on the museum, science center, or aquarium. First come first served.)
This summer, museums and science centers throughout the country will offer WhaleTimes’ Creep into the DEEPEND summer camps! Meet our amazing DEEPEND scientists, see their photos, videos, play games, make crafts and more. Check back in to find out if your local museum will join us — or ask your local museum or science center if they’ll be offering Creep into the DEEPEND as part of their summer camp fun.
Did you identify the scariest thing in the sea? Did you guess jelly, ctenophore, or maybe a salp?
You’d be wrong. One of the scariest things in the sea is trash that escapes from our homes, schools, and lives. If it’s hard for us to identify, you can see why animals like sea turtles, seabirds and others accidently eat trash.
The DEEPEND Research team aboard the R/V Point Sur, sent us a Postcard from the DEEPEND.