Wildbase attends the Marine Mammal Society Biennial Conference in San Francisco December 2015

Wildbase was represented by Louise Chilvers at the Marine Mammal Society Biennial conference held in San Francisco in December 2015. This is the world’s largest Marine Mammal Conference with over 2500 attendees representing over 30 countries.Louise gave an oral presentation at the conference on how understanding the foraging behaviour of New Zealand sea lions could help inform the population dynamics (births, deaths and reproduction) of remotely located populations. The presentation was titled Marine top predator foraging strategies as surrogate for population dynamics”.  There was an entire afternoon session at the conference on the effects of the Deepwater Horizon, Gulf of Mexico well blow out on marine mammals. Interesting results were presented on both primary deaths caused by the oil but also long term secondary toxic effects, including loss of teeth, reduced reproduction, higher mortality in young and long term effects on other internal organs.

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