The Whalenerd‘s Podcast
Episode 97 - North PACIFIC Right Whales

Episode 97 - North PACIFIC Right Whales

December 3, 2021
This week we talked about the most endangered of all the right whale species - the North Pacific right whale. There are likely less than 60 of these whales across two populations in the North Pacific Ocean. We had some recent reports from NOAA about sightings and population estimates. We, of course, will keep looking and hoping that we see one someday.
Episode 96 - Indigenous Stories & Perspectives

Episode 96 - Indigenous Stories & Perspectives

November 26, 2021

We hope this episode doesn't actually find you the day after US Thanksgiving - because you're doing something awesome outside. But if it does, take a moment to appreciate nature and show the planet your gratitude - it works hard everyday to take care of us. Our topic this week is a slight break from the norm. We decided to share some stories and perspectives from indigenous people in the Alaskan arctic. We also talked about a Yupik historic site in the Russian arctic. We felt it was important to share these stories with you and that they are more than just stories. indigenous knowledge is rooted in living a life fully in tune with the cycles of our planet - a connection that still can baffle Western society. We encourage you to seek the truth of the indigenous people that originally lived in your area, honor them and learn a little about how they lived before colonial contact. 

Episode 95 - Sinking Carbon Part 2

Episode 95 - Sinking Carbon Part 2

November 19, 2021

This is part two of our two part series that started last week. If you haven't listened to episode 94 - you might find it helpful to go back and listen to that one first. This week we built on the idea of ocean carbon sinks and talked about this concept of Blue Carbon. We wrapped up this episode with a new article about how much food baleen whales actually feed everyday. Spoiler alert - it's totally mind blowing!

Episode 94 - Sinking Carbon Part 1

Episode 94 - Sinking Carbon Part 1

November 12, 2021

This is part one of a two part series of episodes this week and next week. We talked about the oil spill that happened in California at the beginning of October. This led us to an article about a transient killer whale population that has been studied since they swam through the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989. We wrapped up part one talking about how whales generate and promote life and how they can be sentinels for climate change. 

Minisode 11 - Thicker Than Water with Erica Cirino

Minisode 11 - Thicker Than Water with Erica Cirino

November 5, 2021

Remember Erica from Episode 56? She's back and her book is out now! We had a little chat with her about the process of her book and she did a reading for us from her new book Thicker Than Water: The Quest for Solutions to the Plastic Crisis.

Episode 93 - Whalenerds Weekend Recap

Episode 93 - Whalenerds Weekend Recap

October 25, 2021

Wow.

That's the best three letters we can use to describe whalenerds weekend. Our first in person event was INCREDIBLE. We couldn't have asked for better weather, better people, or better whales. In this episode we recap the weekend for those of you who could not be there. If you want to join in on the fun with us in the spring - we are hosting three single day trips on April 22, 23, and 24 of 2022. Join us aboard the High Spirits in Moss Landing, CA. More trip information can be found on our website at thewhalenerds.com/trips

Episode 92 - The Lost Whales

Episode 92 - The Lost Whales

October 1, 2021

We are back after a week off! Everyone had great sightings since the last time we recorded and the excitement is growing for Whalenerds Weekend in just a few short weeks.

This week we talked about an article shedding some light on whales that were still killed by whalers even though they never made it to the ship for processing. It's an interesting and important aspect to consider when reflecting on the impact of whaling over our history.

Episode 91 - Right Whales Wrong Time

Episode 91 - Right Whales Wrong Time

September 17, 2021

After our host updates from our daily adventures on the water, the nerds take you through the history of right whales. The most rotund of the baleen whales, right whales have had a tough go in the modern world. After their rebound from the whaling era, the population of North Atlantic right whales has begun to take a turn. We talk about a paper that goes through the NARW's history, population estimates, and threats they face. 

Episode 90 - Talking Story

Episode 90 - Talking Story

September 10, 2021

This week we took a little different strategy than our usual episodes. Instead of talking about news or research we told some stories and talked about sightings past and present. We are so excited for the trip in October, we can't wait to make new memories together during our favorite time of year in Monterey Bay

Episode 89 - Listen In

Episode 89 - Listen In

September 3, 2021
This week we talked quite a bit about sound, mostly from the frame of humpback whales. We all have been listening to the MBARI hydrophone off and on this week (let's be honest, we listen to it all the time) and this is the time of year that the humpbacks start to making vocalizations that sound more and more like song. 
We are so excited to have Research Specialist John Ryan from MBARI speak at Whalenerds Weekend next month! If you join the trip you can enjoy a dinner with him and Wil Oestrich, and ask them questions after their presentation. In the meantime, listen to the hydrophone like we do. https://www.mbari.org/soundscape-listening-room/
 
We also talked about some recent research papers about humpback whales singing on a feeding ground in the North Atlantic in the winter time, and some potential universal components of humpback whale calls that are consistent and persistent across time and space.
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