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Speaking Sustainably Film Series, Mystery of the Humpback Whale Song
November 20, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
As part of the Speaking Sustainably Film Series, South Florida PBS (WPBT2-WXEL) and the Deering Estate invite you to a complimentary reception and screening of “Mystery of the Humpback Whale Song” on Wednesday, November 20th at the Deering Estate Visitor Center Theater. The reception begins at 7 p.m. with light snacks and beverages. The screening will begin at 7:30 p.m. Following the screening guests can participate in a Q&A with experts and the production crew. The program is free and open to the public. RSVP on Eventbrite.com.
Each year, approximately half of the North Pacific humpback whale population migrates roughly three thousand miles from its feeding grounds in Southeastern Alaska to its breeding grounds in Hawaiʻi. While there, the male humpbacks perform their elaborate and haunting song. But what does it mean? And what is the purpose of this beautiful display?
To find out, scientists are conducting research on the leeward side of Maui, inside the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. They collect data on the amplitude of an individual’s song, as well as his size and testosterone levels, to determine if there is a correlation between the quality of the song and the fitness of an individual whale. The scientists are also deploying acoustic suction cup tags on humpback whales to learn how the animals spend their time throughout the day.
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South Florida PBS, Florida’s largest public media company, includes Public Broadcasting stations WXEL-TV, serving the Palm Beaches; WPBT2, serving Miami-Dade and Broward counties; and the Health Channel. South Florida PBS connects organizations and institutions across our region and preserves South Florida’s history. Leading the way in this global society, South Florida PBS serves diverse communities from Key West to the Sebastian Inlet and from the Atlantic Ocean west to Lake Okeechobee. South Florida PBS is committed to creating and presenting unique arts, education and cultural heritage programming, while serving as a model for telling unique local stories across a variety of digital media platforms.