Discover the secret society of sperm whales January 25, 2011 World renowned whale researcher Professor Hal Whitehead from Dalhousie University in Canada will give a free public presentation on sperm whales on Monday February 7 at Murdoch University. Prof Whitehead is a University Research Professor in the Department of Biology at Dalhousie University. His presentation, Society and culture in the deep ocean – the sperm whale, will give attendees a glimpse into the inner workings of the deep water creature; their evolution and habitats. Prof Whitehead’s research focuses on social organisation and cultural transmission in the deep-water whales, but he also works on their ecology, population biology and conservation. His fieldwork is carried out in the North Atlantic and South Pacific Oceans from a 12 metre sailing boat. Dr Lars Bejder, from Murdoch University’s Cetacean Research Unit (MUCRU) said: “It is a great honour for MUCRU to host Professor Whitehead’s visit to Australia. His expertise, insight into whale behaviour and conservation efforts is a source of great inspiration for students, scientists and the general public. “We encourage everyone to come listen to Hal’s experiences at sea and his research findings on the deep-diving sperm whales.” The free presentation will be held at the Murdoch University’s Robertson lecture theatre from 1.30-2.30pm. RSVP is essential to firstname.lastname@example.org. Photo courtesy of Chris Johnson – earthOCEAN Print This Post Media contact: Hayley Mayne Tel: (08) 9360 2491 | Mobile: 0400 297 221 | Email: email@example.com Categories: General, Events, Research Tags: dalhousie university, hal whitehead, lars bejder, mucru, murdoch university cetacean research unit, public lecture, sperm whales We read every comment and will make every effort to approve each new comment within one working day. To ensure speedy posting, please keep your comments relevant to the topic of discussion, free of inappropriate language and in-line with the editorial integrity of this newsroom. If not, your comments may not be published. Thanks for commenting!