2009 Michael A. Bigg Award Lecture
The Ultimate Mouthful: Lunge-feeding by Baleen Whales
Presented at the Vancouver Aquarium Goldcorp Theatre (Aquaquest entrance)
Join Jeremy Tuesday October 27, 2009 at 7pm
Jeremy Goldbogen, UBC graduate student and winner of the 2009 Michael A. Bigg Graduate Student Award, has recently completed his PhD dissertation on the mechanics and energetics of lunge feeding by blue, fin and humpback whales. Using specially-designed digital recording tags, Jeremy discovered that the whales glide to depth, make several lunges—each of which slows them to a near standstill—and then swim actively back to the surface. The volume of water engulfed and filtered during each lunge is larger than the whale’s entire body. Jeremy will discuss and illustrate these and other findings with photographs and video clips from his field work.
Instituted in 2007 and funded by the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre’s Wild Killer Whale Adoption Program, the Michael A. Bigg award celebrates the life and scientific achievements of pioneering killer whale researcher Dr. Michael Bigg (1939-1990).