Cafe Science Tayport – Beached Whales: Is Human Noise Responsible? Thursday 14th November 2013, 7pm

If you can’t make it to Cafe Science Extra on Wednesday 13th November, then this event in Fife is a second opportunity to hear Dr Stacy DeRuiter’s talk about whale conservation and management.

Every year the news reports that large Cafe Science Tayport - 14th November - ASF_4069agroups of whales and dolphins are beaching and dying on beaches across the World. Whilst the majority of these tragic events have natural causes, evidence also suggests that exposure to sounds such as naval sonar can cause some groups of marine mammals to beach. Conservation groups have a strong interest in understanding the problem and reducing the number of whale deaths by beaching. Stacy’s research follows individual whales using sound- and movement-recording tags and investigates what happens if these animals are exposed to sonar sounds.

Stacy will describe how the experiments were carried out, how the data from observation of a small number of whales can be interpreted, and finally how the results should inform whale conservation and management.

Come and listen to Dr Stacy DeRuiter from the University of St. Andrews and then take your chance to join in the discussion and ask your questions.

This event takes place at Harbour Cafe, Broad Street, Tayport, DD6 9AJ.

This is a FREE event and EVERYONE IS WELCOME. There is no need to book in advance but arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Cafe Science Tayport is proud to be a part of Dundee Science Festival again.