The conference brought together the world’s top cetacean (whales, dolphins and porpoises) researchers, policy makers and conservationist in an effort to understand and improve the complex relationship that has long existed between humans and cetaceans.
ACS conferences are not limited to the scientific community; ACS encourages anyone to attend, as the goal of the conference is to promote thoughtful dialog about whales, from policy to education and to inspire and motivate the attendees to protect the world’s cetaceans.
Special guest speaker: Charles “Flip” Nicklin, wildlife photographer and author of “Among Giants: A History with Whales”
- Nicklin was one of the first photographers to swim with whales in their natural environment and is widely recognized as the premier whale photographer of the world. He is a National Geographic contributing photographer and avid diver. Part of Nicklin’s ability to photograph whales so well comes from his ability to free dive to depths of up to 90 feet–he can swim with the whales without the noise associated with scuba gear.
- Check out his book from Whale Trust Publications
- Dr. de Waal, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, discussed The Prosocial Side of Animal Behavior and the Role of Empathy. His work focuses on understanding the roots of moral behavior in animals. His book, “The Age of Empathy: Nature’s Lesson for a Kinder Society” suggests that we might have something to learn from other animals, as their kindness is not motivated by selfishness.
- Check out his book, here.
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