Join us on the third Sunday of every month (except December), for a public lecture from a marine
scientist, who presents current research and topics in an entertaining and easy-to-understand format, with up-to-date photos, video, and discussion. Science Sunday is for everyone interested in the world around them.
- Lectures take place at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center at 1 PM.
- Doors open to the lecture hall at 12:30 PM.
- Lecture passes are available at the admissions counter at noon.
- Seating is limited and first-come, first-served. No late seating.
Lectures are one-hour long, including time for a few questions at the end. Science Sunday is free with admission, and always free for members. Recommended for ages 10 and older.
Free ADMISSION for Seymour Center Members and UC Santa Cruz Undergraduates with valid Student ID.
January 18, 2015
Whales, Science, and “Scientific Whaling”
in the International Court of Justice
Distinguished Research Professor, Mathematical Biology
Director, Center for Stock Assessment Research
University of California, Santa Cruz
In March 2014, the International Court of Justice, the principal judicial body of the United Nations, ruled that a Japanese whaling program in the Antarctic, ostensibly for scientific purposes, was not sufficiently research-oriented and was, therefore, illegal. UC Santa Cruz’s own Marc Mangel served as a critical Independent Scientific Expert and witness in this landmark decision.
Join Mangel for this compelling Science Sunday where science is used as the foundation to interpret international law. You’ll learn the history that lead Australia, a vocal opponent of Japan’s annual “scientific” hunts in the Antarctic, to bring Japan’s whaling industry to the international court, Mangel’s own involvement as both an expert on the science involved and as a witness, and the court’s reasoning behind the ruling that has effectively ended Japan’s annual killing of almost 1,000 whales a year.
It was a win for whales and for science.
Photo below: A whale and a calf being loaded aboard a factory ship, the Nisshin Maru. The sign above the slipway reads, “Legal research under the ICRW”. Australia released this photo to challenge that claim.
Science Sunday lectures are designed to make science interesting and “user-friendly” for EVERYONE.
Science Sunday is free with membership or admission. UCSC undergrads free with valid student ID.
Dates: Held on the third Sunday of every month (except December)
Time: 1 PM
Location: La Feliz room of the Seymour Marine Discovery Center
For more information, call (831) 459-3800.
Browse our calendar for upcoming Science Sunday topics.
Here’s a sampling of past Science Sunday topics:
- Blue Mind: Your Brain on Water
- Sand Wars: A Documentary and Presentation
- The Extreme Life of the Sea
- Shark Conservation: Striving to Save Sharks from Extinction
- Mapping Marine Mammal Health: The Marine Mammal Health Map Project
- Disentangling Whales: Responding to Distressed Whales along the Central Coast
- Go with the Flow: How Seals Sense their fluid Environment
- The Albatrosses of Midway: Ecology and Conservation of Pacific Ocean Wanderers
- Carnivores and the Fabric of Nature: The Effects of Large Predator Loss on Ecosystems Worldwide
- Remember the Titans: Communication and Social Learning among Northern Elephant Seals
- Bald Eagles: Repatriation of an Iconic Bird to the Central Coast
- Sharks in Danger: Impacts of the Global Shark Fin Trade
- got coral? Caribbean Mexico’s Coral Reef Ecosystems
- Elkhorn Slough: Pearls of Wisdom from Elkhorn Slough Oysters
- Underwater, Underground: Exploration of deep sea flow and habitats within the ocean crust
- Beautiful Whales: Photographing “Whale Scale”
- It’s Not Who You Eat, It’s When You Eat Them: The Insidious Relationship Between Salmon and Anchovy
- The Death and Life of Monterey Bay: A Story of Revival
- The Largest Dam Removal in U.S. History: Coastal Studies and the Elwha River Restoration Project