Free Public Lecture: Killer Societies, the Natural History of Killer Whales on the B.C. Coast

October 22, 1997 - 5:00pm

On November 5, with slides and underwater sounds, researcher Dr. John Ford will describe the remarkable lifestyles of west coast orcas their social structure, behaviour, feeding habits, and communication patterns discovered during more than 20 years of field studies.

Once reviled and shot on sight, killer whales are today an icon of the wild marine environment of British Columbia.

They have become a multi-million dollar tourist attraction, drawing thousands of whale watchers each year from around the world to the waters of Vancouver Island.

Just as attitudes towards "blackfish" have improved over the past few decades, so too has scientific understanding of this fascinating species. Today BC killer whales are among the best known of any wild whale population.

Ford is director of research and conservation at the Vancouver Aquarium, and an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia.

The free lecture is open to the public and takes place on Wednesday, November 5,

at 7 p.m. in the lecture theatre (room 203) in the student services building, (building 200) at Malaspina University-College.

The lecture is jointly sponsored by Malaspina's Science and Technology department and the Mid-Island Science, Technology and Innovation Council (MISTIC).

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