Cetacean research in the Philippines is a relatively young field. With only a handful of research projects dedicated to cetaceans and a few local marine mammal researchers covering the vast coastline of 7,641 islands with 28 species of marine mammals known to occur to date, it is a challenging and exciting field to be in. Dr. Acebes will be giving an overview of the cetacean research that they do while highlighting research on humpback whales in the Babuyan marine corridor in northern Philippines. This research began in 2000 and is by far the longest running continuous cetacean research in the country. She will also be sharing the challenges they face in working in fairly remote islands with basic facilities, equipment and limited resources. Relying mainly on small grants, donations and volunteers we have managed to generate significant data which contributes not only to the dearth of knowledge on cetaceans in the Philippines but have provided data for better understanding of some of the endangered, threatened and little-known cetacean species in the world.
Speaker: Jo Marie Acebes, Assistant Professor, Ateneo de Manila University
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Tiburon, CA 94920
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