Lecture to unlock secrets of the sea August 27, 2013 Distinguished Sir Walter Murdoch Professor Peter Madsen will deliver a free public lecture titled A Whale of a Meal: How Cetaceans Find and Catch Food. The presentation will discuss the vastly different sensory and biomechanical methods whales use to find and catch their food. Professor Madsen said that until recently, little was known about how whales find and catch their prey in the wild. “Whales are closely related to familiar land mammals such as pigs and camels, but they display a remarkable array of unique secondary adaptations to a life in water,” he said. “New technologies, including the advent of small, multisensor dataloggers, have revolutionised our capabilities to study these animals in the wild.” The new devices can be attached to whales with suction cups, allowing researchers to keep track of these majestic creatures from afar. Professor Madsen will show how one of the slowest predators can catch the fastest animal on the planet. He will also reveal how deep diving sperm whales use the world’s most powerful biosonar system to catch prey at a depth of two kilometres. The lecture will highlight recent investigations using beaked whales as ‘echosounders’, in a bid to find out how they catch agile and fast prey in the low oxygen zone of the deepest oceans. The lecture will be held on Monday 2 September from 1.30pm in the Kim E. Beazley Lecture Theatre at South Street campus. For more information, contact Associate Professor Lars Bejder. Print This Post Media contact: Candice Barnes Tel: (08) 9360 2474 | Mobile: 0408 201 309 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Categories: Events, Teaching and Learning, Research, School of Veterinary and Life Sciences Research Tags: lars bejder, murdoch university cetacean research unit, peter madsen, public lecture, south street campus Leave a comment Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website You can use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> 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 If not, your comments may not be published.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!