Marine Science Lecture Series

On February, 3rd at 7:00 p.m. Dr. Gene Helfman will give a free public lecture entitled “Fascinating Fishes of the Pacific Northwest” for the Orcas Island Marine Lecture Series. This lecture also will be given for the Lopez Community on February 4th at 7 p.m

Dr. Gene Helfman is a fulltime resident of Lopez Island, having retired after 30 years on the faculty at the University of Georgia. Among his many research publications he also wrote the highly acclaimed reference book, Fish Conservation: Guide to Understanding and Restoring Global Aquatic Biodiversity and Fishery Resources.

Dr. Helfman will speak about the less publicized, underappreciated, yet intriguing marine fishes around Puget Sound. One such fish is the much-maligned spiny dogfish, which takes 30 years to reach maturity and can live up to 100 years. They are pregnant for two years until they give birth to live young. Another fascinating fish is the hagfish, which can live for one year on a single meal, and can tie, itself into a knot when pulling chunks off the dead fish (and other corpses) on which it feeds. Come learn more fun facts about sculpins, gunnels, greenlings, clingfish, sticklebacks, and rockfishes.

The program on February 3rd begins at 7:00 p.m. at the Camp Orkila Marine Salmon Center. The lecture is free. Please park in Camp Orkila” upper parking lot. Shuttle service from the parking lot to the talk is available before and after the lecture.

The program on February 4th begins at 7:00p.m. at the Lopez Public Library. The lecture is free.

The 7th Annual Marine Science Lecture Series is presented by program partners the SeaDoc Society and YMCA Camp Orkila. It has been made possible through generous sponsorship by Tom Averna Deer Harbor Charters, Barbara Brown, The Gould Family Foundation and co-sponsorship by Shearwater Kayaks and Jim and Kathy Youngren.

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