Since 1972, the Aquarium has been providing free lectures and films by scientists, environmental writers, photographers, and others. Lectures are free and open to the public.

Most past lectures are recorded and available for viewing on the lecture series archive page.

February 16, 2022 • 6:30–8:30 p.m.

Last of the Right Whales 

U.S. Premiere and Panel Discussion
Last of the Right Whales - Snow cone

North Atlantic right whale Snowcone (#3560) and her calf in the Florida calving grounds. Image courtesy of Last of the Right Whales.

SAVE THE DATE: The Aquarium Lecture Series presents the U.S. premiere of Last of the Right Whales, a documentary film by award-winning filmmaker Nadine Pequeneza. This film examines the plight of the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale and documents the extraordinary efforts of a group of allies, including a wildlife photographer, a marine biologist, a whale rescuer, and a crab fisher, to better understand and save these majestic animals.

Last of the Right Whales is the story of the rapid decline of a nearly 12-million-year-old species due to unintended human consequences, including loss of feeding grounds owing to climate change, grievous injuries caused by fishing line entanglements, and vessel strikes. Through extraordinary cinematography, including the first-ever-underwater footage of right whales, comes a story of hope and a call to action we cannot ignore.

A panel discussion follows this in-person only event in the Simons Theatre. Panelists include:

  • Nadine Pequeneza, producer and director, Last of the Right Whales;
  • Patrick Ramage, senior director, outreach and program collaboration, International Fund for Animal Welfare;
  • Heather Pettis, research scientist, Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life, New England Aquarium; and
  • Marc Palombo, Massachusetts lobster fisher (currently testing new ropeless gear).
Check back soon for the link to register for this event.

This event is free to the public and presented in partnership with the Lowell Institute, HitPlay Productions, and IFAW, the International Fund for Human Welfare.

The Aquarium Lecture Series is made possible due to the generous support of the Lowell Institute. Founded in 1836 with a mission to inform the populace regardless of gender, race, or economic status, the Lowell Institute has reached thousands of Boston-area residents by sponsoring free public lectures and other educational programs.

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