Shane Gero – Preserving Animal Cultures: Lessons from Whale Wisdom

Introduction by Carl Safina, Safina Center Founding President, Ecologist and Author

We have been killing whales for centuries, but we do so now out of ignorance rather than intent. As cetacean pods lose mothers and grandmothers, they lose wisdom inherited across generations on how to survive. Whale researcher Shane Gero will share some of what he has learned from the thousands of hours he has spent in the company of sperm whales, including how fundamentally similar their lives are to our own and how their cultures define their identity, just as ours do. Shane will explain why we need new approaches to whale conservation that recognize the biologically important divisions between different communities of whales, so we can respect their identity and cultural diversity; and how this can be extrapolated to the larger struggle to conserve biodiversity.

Zellerbach Hall

April 6th | 9:53 am to 10:22 am


Shane Gero
National Geographic Explorer and Founder
The Dominica Sperm Whale Project

Introduced by

Carl Safina
Founding President
Safina Center
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