Marine Mammal Biology
|Harbor seals at neighboring Duck Island.|
Introduction to the biology and conservation of the whales and seals, with a particular focus on species of the Gulf of Maine: taxonomy and species diversity, adaptations for life in the sea, foraging ecology and behavior, reproductive cycles, bioacoustics, and management of threatened species. Land and open-water observations of whale and seal behavior.
Internship prerequisite: This course is recommended experience for the Marine Mammal Internship.
"...after attending the Shoals course for Marine Mammals...I was able to learn about something that really interested me, and I am one step closer to my dream of working with and helping marine mammals." - Lindsay Spotts (SML'15, UNH '18)
In 2013, BioSM 1650 participated in the salvage of a minke whale carcass:
- Watch a video made by Chad Crowley (SML '13, Cornell '16) for the student's perspective...
Stories and photos the 2013 BioSM 1650 minke whale adventure: