Humpback whale. Photo courtesy of Don Cornelius

Humpback whale. Photo courtesy of Don Cornelius

Scientists know that whales travel thousands of miles to Southeast Alaska waters to load up on herring in large groups not seen anywhere else in the world. They’ve learned this and much more by tracking the giant mammals with state of the art devices. Friday in Petersburg, a presentation on the latest 3-D technology will be shared by an expert in the field.

Dr. Ari Friedlaender has studied whales in Alaska, the Lower 48, and Antarctica. He’s an Associate Professor at the Marine Mammal Institute at Oregon State University. He’ll be giving a presentation at 7 p.m. at the borough assembly chambers.

This past week, Friedlaender was on a boat in Southeast Alaska researching humpback whales. I talked with him about his latest tagging project:

Dr. Ari Friedlaender. Photo/Oregon State University

Dr. Ari Friedlaender. Photo/Oregon State University

Dr. Ari Friedlaender is an Associate Professor at the Marine Mammal Institute at Oregon State University. He plans to be in Petersburg Friday to share his latest findings. He will show the software that they are using and some of the data they collected this past week. The presentation happens at 7 p.m. at the Borough Assembly Chambers.