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Narwhals, Arctic Whales in a Melting World

Join the Vancouver Aquarium for an evening with Todd McLeish, author of the new book, “Narwhals: Arctic Whales in a Melting World”. Two thirds of Canada’s coastline is in the Arctic, and the Arctic is changing faster than anywhere else on Earth. Yet, we understand remarkably little about the Arctic and our inextricable connections to it. 

Todd McLeish

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Author Todd McLeish will be giving a multimedia presentation as he recounts his adventures studying the elusive narwhal, the rare Arctic whale with the spiral tusk. He will take his audience high above the Arctic Circle with teams of narwhal researchers seeking to solve the mysteries of the animal’s migrations and debating the purpose of its tusk. He will also share insights about the importance of narwhals in Inuit culture and how the warming planet is affecting the species.  Along the way you’ll hear about the many other unique animals living in the narwhal’s frozen world, from walruses and polar bears to bowhead and beluga whales.  Copies of Todd’s new narwhal book will be available for purchase and signing.

Todd McLeish is a Rhode Island-based science writer who has been writing about wildlife and environmental issues for more than 20 years.  In more than 100 magazine articles he has highlighted numerous threatened species, profiled biologists and wildlife artists, and described encounters with a wide variety of backyard wildlife. His latest book, Narwhals: Arctic Whales in a Melting World, comes out in March 2013.  His previous books have examined the lives of some of New England’s rarest creatures, from right whales and basking sharks to roseate terns and burying beetles.

This lecture series is part of the Science in Canada’s North Café Scientifique Series. The Vancouver Aquarium gratefully acknowledges the support of the W. Garfield Weston Foundation and the Canadian Association of Science Centres for their support of this series.

Date

Monday, December 9, 2013

time

7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
(doors open at 6:45 p.m.)

Location

Vancouver Aquarium
Vancouver, B.C., Canada

price

By donation

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Arctic Café Scientifique Series

This event is part of a series of two evening events that explore Canada's Arctic. Don't miss out on the other lecture on December 2, Climate and the changing Arctic: what role should the Canadian public play? Learn more.

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