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North Carolina Whales and Whaling Symposium

March 22

aerial view of right whale swimming next to what appears to be a juvenile right whale

Join us for the annual Whales and Whaling Symposium to learn about the history, biology, conservation, and pedagogy of whales and whaling related to the southeast U.S. and Caribbean. The free symposium provides an opportunity to learn which species of whales can be found in the state’s coastal waters and further offshore, how and where some of these species were/are hunted regionally, and the contributions aerial surveys, stranding response, and prepared skeletal specimens make to research, conservation and education.

Pre-registration required. Register below or by calling 252-504-7758.


Educational Display: Interactive and informative display of whale teeth, baleen, oil, skulls, and bones, as well as educational games.

10 a.m. Welcome and Introduction

10:05 a.m. Whales in North Carolina: Diversity, Distribution, Seasonality & Conservation Issues
Keith Rittmaster, North Carolina Maritime Museum & Bonehenge Whale Center

11 a.m. “So Wide a Chase”: Melvillian Whaling in the Twenty-first Century Caribbean

Russell Fielding, PhD, HTC Honors College, Coastal Carolina University & Nippon Foundation Ocean Nexus, University of Washington

1 p.m. From “Save the Whales” to “Save the Rice’s Whale”: A History of Modern Smithsonian Whale Conservation

John Ososky, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History & Bonehenge Whale Center

2 p.m. The Old Whale Fishery of North Carolina

Benjamin Wunderly, North Carolina Maritime Museums

6 p.m. North Atlantic Right Whale Aerial Survey Team

Meghan Bradley, Renee LaGarenne, and Rylie Gonzales; Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research Institute & US Army Corps of Engineers



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North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort
315 Front St.
Beaufort, NC 28516 United States
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Registration and Refund Policy:

Registration costs, less a 10% fee, are refunded when the museum receives cancellation notice at least 48 hours before the start of a program. There is no refund within 48 hours of the start of a program, and tickets cannot be transferred to a later program date within that 48 hour timeframe. Due to material costs and supply, Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center Courses require a 2-week notification for cancellations; only the course fee is refunded if cancellation occurs prior to 2 weeks. The Museum reserves the right to cancel any program that does not meet the minimum participant requirement up to one week before the program is scheduled. In the event of cancellation due to low enrollment, participants who have submitted a fee will receive a full refund. If a program is canceled due to inclement weather and unable to be rescheduled for another date, the participants will receive a full refund.