Last of the Right Whales

Scene from the film Last of the Right Whales
Scene from the film LAST OF THE RIGHT WHALES

North Atlantic right whales are dying faster than they can reproduce. With around 330 remaining, these great whales rarely die of natural causes. Instead, they are run over by ships or suffer lethal injuries from fishing gear. If we don’t stop killing them, in 20 years they could be functionally extinct.

With unprecedented access to film the whale migration from the only known calving grounds to the shifting feeding grounds, Last of the Right Whales follows the right whale migration and the people committed to saving a species still struggling to recover from centuries of hunting. Now climate change is forcing these great whales further north in search of food, putting them on a collision course with deadly ships and fishing gear.

Featuring breathtaking footage of the majestic but rarely seen North Atlantic right whale—as observed through the eyes of scientists, photographers, rescuers, and fishermen—we bear witness to their struggle and bring hope for their survival.

Presented by the College of Human Ecology and the K. Lisa Yang Center for Conservation Bioacoustics at Cornell University.

Dr. Charles ‘Stormy’ Mayo, Senior Scientist and Chair of the Department of Ecology at the Center for Coastal Studies, and Dr. Chris Clark, former director of the K Lisa Yang Center for Conservation Bioacoustics, will participate in a Zoom Q&A after the screening.

Part of our Campus Collaborations series.

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