Guests and locals of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky are invited to an open lecture about the main treasures of the Commander Islands – marine mammals. The event will take place on March 28 in S. P. Krasheninnikov Kamchatka Science Library starting at 19:00.
Graduate of M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, employee of the Commander Islands Nature and Biosphere Reserve, administrator of Biology Lecture Hall of Zoological Museum and participant of many expeditions aimed at research of marine mammals and seabirds Svetlana Artemyeva will speak about biology of pinnipeds, cetaceans and the mascot of out reserve – sea otter.
These animals have reputation of the most intelligent and organized creatures of the ocean. During the lecture, you will learn how to tell a northern fur seal from a sea lion and will discover why sea otters take care of their fur and how whales navigate under the water.
Svetlana will also speak about her experience of studying whales, which migrated in the protected water area of the Commander Islands Reserve, and about her taking part in research project on the biggest reproductive rookery of sea lions off Kamchatka on Medny Island, which is also a part of the reserve.
The Commander Islands Reserve is the largest marine reserve in Russia, established in 1993. The protected territory includes Bering Island, Medny Island, Ary Kamen and Toporkov Islands together with several smaller ones and a 30-mile-wide water protected area in Bering Sea and Pacific Ocean. The reserve is a home for one fifth of northern fur seal global population, 21 species of cetaceans and one million seabirds.