Worth Knowing: Come learn about whales! Don't miss this opportunity to look into their world.

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The Hanover Conservancy is hosting an event this Thursday that Worth Knowing thinks a lot of people would be - even should be - interested in. Please read on. 

Please join the Hanover Conservancy for its annual celebration as Iain Kerr, CEO of the Ocean Alliance, shares incredible photos and stories of whale research and conservation around the world! Come see how these drones are teaching us about whale behavior and how we can help ensure their survival.

"Whales & Tales From the Ocean Alliance," hosted by the Hanover Conservancy.
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Thursday, November 8th at 7 p.m. (free refreshments start at 6:30)
Hanover High School Auditorium
FREE and great for all ages!

Since its founding in 1971 by South Woodstock resident Dr. Roger Payne, Ocean Alliance (whale.org) has been working tirelessly on the behalf of whale and ocean conservation.  Ocean Alliance has always been a place of not just solid science but also of innovation. Many of the research tools used around the world today to study whales were developed by Dr. Payne, who was the first person to recognize that humpback whales sing recognizable songs. Fun fact: Hanover resident Jodi Picoult's first novel, Songs of the Humpback Whale, mentioned several of Payne's findings in her (now signature) research-heavy storyline.  

Drone tracking whale

CEO Iain Kerr has followed in Dr. Payne’s footsteps by developing a specialized drone called SnotBot. SnotBot flies into a whale’s exhalation and collects biological data on the whale, such as DNA and hormones. The birds-eye footage of whale behavior that SnotBot captures is absolutely spectacular!  So good, in fact, that it has been featured in two National Geographic specials in the last year and will be featured in a BBC Wildlife special in the spring of 2019. Come to the Hanover High School Auditorium this Thursday night ready to hear some amazing stories and see incredible footage of whales from around the world. The event is hosted by the Hanover Conservancy 

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