Science Sundays

Sunday, February 17, 2019

1:30 – 2:30 PM

 

Sea Otter Palm Reading:
Measuring Sense of Touch

 

Sarah McKay Strobel, Ph.D. Candidate
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UC Santa Cruz

 

Sea otters are in a race against time. To survive, they hunt for clams, crabs, urchins, snails, mussels, and abalone down to 100 feet deep. Otters must work quickly since they can hold their breath for only 1-3 minutes per dive, and their prey are often found in rocky crevices or under heavy sand. How do sea otters find enough food to survive each day? Which senses are used to locate food? How are decisions made about what to eat and what to ignore? Scientists have discovered that sea otters are fast decision makers—with the help of their ultra-sensitive paws and whiskers.

Join Sarah McKay Strobel to explore why the sense of touch may be useful to a hungry sea otter, as well as how researchers work cooperatively with animals to learn how they perceive the world.


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 are one hour long and take place at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center at 1:30 PM.
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  • Lecture passes are available at the admissions counter at 12:30 PM.
  • Seating is limited and first-come, first-served. No late seating.

Lectures include 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.

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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 2018)
Time: 1:30 PM
Location: La Feliz room of the Seymour Marine Discovery Center
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FUTURE SCIENCE SUNDAY:

Sunday, March 17, 2019

1:30 – 2:30 PM
Seymour Marine Discovery Center

For more information, call (831) 459-3800.
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Spotlight!

GLOBAL OCEANS GALA
March 23, 2019
The community is cordially invited to the 2019 Global Oceans Gala honoring John Laird. Now accepting reservations; please RSVP by March 5, 2019.

GIVING DAY
February 27, 2019
Support Our Oceans—Help Locals “Seymour”! Your Giving Day gift of $9 or less will be used to underwrite a Free Day in fall 2019.

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March 6, 2019
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