Lecture: New Bedford Whaling Museum

Man & Whales Lecture Series concludes Wednesday,  May 19, at 7:30 pm.  A Case For Oil, with George Mock and Peter Tyack.

Blubber was removed from whales, rendered and sold as the oil used for light, heat, tanning and other products.  But what about products made from the oil found in the melon of toothed whales?  What’s its function in the lives of odontocetes, especially the sperm whale?  George Mock, Treasurer and Chairman of the Board, and former President of Nye Lubricants, Inc., successfully guided his company through the transition from natural to synthetic oils. His presentation will focus on the 160 year-old company’s use of melon and sperm case oil in its product lines prior to the 1970s. Peter Tyack, is Senior Scientist, Biology Department and Director of the Marine Mammal Center at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. He studies social behavior and acoustic communication in whales and dolphins and will share the results of his research, which has given us a greater understanding of the function and form of the sperm whale’s case.

The lecture starts at 7:30 pm in the Museum Theater.  A reception at 6:30 pm is held in the Jacobs Family Gallery before the lecture. Admission is FREE.

Also… Please join us to see the whales on Saturday, May 29!  The Whaling Museum is offering a unique opportunity to see whales on Saturday, May 29. A special cruise is available in partnership with the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, with a mid-day departure at Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises from Barnstable Harbor. Tickets are $75 per person, payable in advance, which includes roundtrip transportation from the Whaling Museum to Barnstable. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Whaling Museum and WDCS.

For this free lecture and/or the ticketed cruise, please RSVP: Pam Lowe, (508) 997-0046, ext. 100, or email plowe@whalingmuseum.org

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