Craig George | Thursday, 31 October 2013 - Sunday, 3 November 2013
Craig arrived in Sitka a week prior to the WhaleFest to give presentations for the 'Scientist in the Schools' program and during the weekend science symposium. During the WhaleFest, Craig worked with sea chantey and Yankee whaling expert Don Sineti of Mystic Seaport. Don and Craig have crossed paths previously at Sitka WhaleFest and they always have ended up comparing notes on the exchange of whaling traditions between the two groups of whalers. This year they presented information formally comparing the overlap and differences of the whaling traditions. This presentation was given to students at Mt Edgecumbe, a high school for students from over 100 villages across Alaska and for the weekend participants at Sitka WhaleFest.
Craig also presented a talk on the “Stay at Home Whales: Bowheads and Belugas”. These specific whales do not make huge migrations across ocean expanses from higher to lower latitudes but stay in the colder climates of the far north year round. His presentation on Saturday, November 2, included his research on the energetic pluses and minuses of wintering in the arctic, the accelerating trend in population, and suggestions of more productive arctic seas among others.
In addition, Craig participated in group discussions each afternoon with students taking the science symposium for college credit. He joined other events of the Sitka WhaleFest including the Maritime Grind and the Marine Wildlife Cruises.