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Virtual Science Lecture on "Basking Sharks in the Salish Sea and Beyond: The Past, Present, and Future of the World’s 2nd Largest Fish

Did you know that the cold, green waters of the Salish Sea and the Northeast Pacific coast are home to one of the largest and least understood creatures on the planet? Now known as a ‘gentle giant’ because of its large size and filter-feeding behavior, the Basking Shark (Cetorhinus maximus) in Pacific waters was once greatly maligned for interfering in salmon fisheries and impeding economic progress. Referred to as ‘clumsy and without spirit’ and ‘indescribably sinister’, the Basking Shark was relentlessly persecuted and its numbers were reduced from groups of hundreds during the spring and summer months to now only a few confirmed sightings a year. Come learn about this fascinating fish, from its remarkable biology to our historical relationship with it, to its current status, and what we can do as a society to ‘turn the tide’ for the Basking Shark in the Salish Sea and beyond. This webinar is free and open to the public.

 7 p.m. on August 10 with Romney McPhie, Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO). Click to download flyer. This talk is free & open to the public. (The event will not be recorded.)  To join Zoom Meeting:  

Starts: August 10, 2022

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: Online Via Zoom
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