Thursday, February 23, 2012

Aquarium Science Café kicks off

A new discussion series introduced by the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher offers the community an opportunity to dine with purpose.
William McLellan—research associate of biology and marine biology at UNC—Wilmington and North Carolina’s State Stranding Coordinator—kicks off the Aquarium’s Science Café series with a discussion of North Atlantic right whales from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at the Surf House Café at 250 Racine Dr., Suite 1, in Wilmington.
“The Science Café brings the community together to learn and talk with experts,” said aquarium Director Peggy Sloan. “It’s about introducing important topics and starting conversations in a relaxed atmosphere.”
The free series, which will run the third Tuesday of each month, begins with McLellan speaking on “The right time for Right whales—is it now?” As one of the key players in right whale research and recovery, McLellan, lives here in Wilmington and works through UNCW to study and protect these unique—and quite amazing—whales.
North Atlantic right whales are among the most endangered species on the planet, and North Carolina plays a critical role in their continued survival. In 1935, the last intentionally killed right whale died off of Jacksonville, Fla. Since then, the species has struggled to recover. They are called the urban whale because of their dependence on near-shore coastal waters heavily trafficked by boats and littered with fishing gear. Right whales survive today due to the dedicated efforts of researchers and rescuers all along the eastern seaboard.
Science Cafe kick-off
WHEN: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28; discussion begins at 7 p.m. followed by Q&A
WHERE: Surf House Café, 250 Racine Dr. Suite 1, in Wilmington
RSVP:, (910) 458-7468

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