Smithsonian paleontologist to speak about the past, present and future of whales

Lecture and Book Signing with Nick Pyenson – October 4 at the Whaling Museum

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. –Nick Pyenson, author of Spying on Whales: the Past, Present, and Future of Earth's Most Awesome Creatures, and curator of fossil marine mammals at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History, will speak about his work and sign copies of his book at the New Bedford Whaling Museum on October 4. Pyenson’s research has given us the answers to some of our biggest questions about whales. His lecture begins at 7:00 p.m., preceded by a reception at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $15, or $10 for Whaling Museum members, and can be reserved online at or by calling 508-997-0046. The Whaling Museum is located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill in New Bedford, Mass. 

Whales are among the largest, most intelligent, deepest diving species to have ever lived on our planet. They evolved from land-roaming, dog-sized creatures into animals that move like fish, breathe like us, can grow to 300,000 pounds, live 200 years and travel entire ocean basins. Whales fill us with terror, awe, and affection–yet there is still so much we don’t know about them. Full of rich storytelling and scientific discovery, Pyenson’s book Spying on Whales spans the ancient past to an uncertain future–all to better understand the most enigmatic creatures on Earth. Pyenson’s presentation will take the audience deep inside the Smithsonian’s unparalleled fossil collections, to frigid Antarctic waters, and to the arid desert in Chile, where scientists race against time to document the largest fossil whale site ever found.

Media contact:
Tina Malott
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
New Bedford Whaling Museum


About the New Bedford Whaling Museum
The New Bedford Whaling Museum is the world's most comprehensive museum devoted to the global story of human interaction with whales through time, and the history and culture of the South Coast region. The cornerstone of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, the Museum is located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill in the heart of the city's historic downtown. Museum hours: April through December, daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; January through March, Tuesday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.  Admission is free for Museum members and children aged three and under; adults $17, seniors (65+) $15, students (19+) $10, child and youth $7. For more information visit