The Last of the Right Whales
Thursday, November 17, 2022 | Cook Memorial Theater
Film Screening: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Panel Discussion: 7:30 – 8:15 p.m.
Join the New Bedford Whaling Museum as we learn how to save the species amongst the most challenging forces in The Last of the Right Whales film, produced and directed by Nadine Pequeneza of HitPlay Productions. 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. Immediately following the film screening, an insightful panel discussion will take place.
Dr. Joy Lapseritis
Undersea Modeling, Branch Head, and Strategic Lead for Oceans and Bioinspired Sciences, Naval Warfare Center Division, Newport
Lobsterman, Sandwich, MA
Director of East Coast Operations
Sea Mammal Education Learning Society (SMELTS)
Panel will be moderated by Robert Rocha, Associate Curator of Science and Research at the New Bedford Whaling Museum.
Find full film details here.
Watch the trailer here.