January 27-February 25. 2011
Opening reception: Thursday, January 27, 6-8PM
The exhibit will include photographic work by:
This exhibition is a photographic essay focusing on the Hawaiian humpback whale population and like many of our great whale populations, is a conservation success story. By the end of commercial whaling in the seventies, the numbers of whales to be seen in Hawaiian waters each year had fallen to below 500. Today, it is estimated that over 10,000 humpback whales from across the North Pacific congregate in the warm, protected waters of Hawaii each winter, to breed and raise their young calves.
The Keiki Kohola Project aims to protect these critical nursery waters by providing up to date, accurate and new information on the behavior of mother-calf pairs in the region. The core of this mission is the development of science-based wildlife management strategies. An essential part of this goal is to reach beyond the scientific community and bring the research into focus for a wide and inclusive audience.
Over the last two years, professional photographers John and Dan Cesere have joined the research team to assist in the documentation of the underwater behavior of whales. The Cesere brothers of C3 Submerged bring to the project the technical underwater imaging expertise and experience required for research-grade photography. They bring an uncanny ability to capture those moments, so fleeting in underwater encounters, which link the whales’ grace and beauty to the behavioral details that allow us to know them better and manage them more effectively.
California State University Channel Islands
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Camarillo, CA 93012
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