The Ocean Explorium at New Bedford Seaport,174 Union Street,New Bedford, MA oceanexplorium.org
Presents Ocean Voices, August 5, reception 6:15 – 7, talk 7:00 PM
Join Dr. Ken Oliveira from UMASS Dartmouth as he discusses his work with the American Eel. Dr. Oliveira describes the American Eel as “an ecologically and commercially important species” possessing “an amazing life history with many unique adaptations” that make it a historically successful species. The American Eel spawns in secret locations within the Sargasso Sea, a process that has never been observed. In 2008, Dr. Oliveira and his research associate, Dr. Whitney Habel, a develop-mental biologist, successfully hatched American Eels in their laboratories at the University in Dartmouth. This represents a first for scientists long puzzled by the reproductive processes of the animals. While larval eels are found in the Sargasso Sea, adult eels have never been seen there. Dr. Oliveira will discuss the life history and current research of this fascinating fish.