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Public Lecture Series with Wade and Robyn Hughes

A Curious Secret

The wild whales of the mid-Atlantic ridge

Wade and Robyn Hughes have mounted nine expeditions to the Azores, including two Explorers Club Flag expeditions, in order to photograph the underwater behavior of enigmatic sperm whales and other species of cetaceans that populate the abyssal depths of the mid-Atlantic Ridge.

The title ‘A Curious Secret’ derives from a comment made by the first serious scientific observer of sperm whales, Thomas Beale, in 1839. Beale also expressed “a matter of astonishment” that humans know so little about them. Drawing on the work of a large body of dedicated scientists as well as their own photographic work, Wade and Robyn Hughes will aim to lessen that gap in our knowledge.

Internationally acclaimed wildlife artist and author, Richard Ellis, has described the Hughes’ images as “some of the best sperm whale photography I’ve ever seen,” while pre-eminent researcher and author, Dr. Hal Whitehead, has commented that “a few sperm whale enthusiasts are giving us extraordinary new views of this most magnificent animal. Wade Hughes’ images are amongst the finest.”

Date: Monday, November 7th

Time: 6:00 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Lecture

Location: Club Headquarters, 46 East 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Member Ticket Price: $10

Guest Ticket Price: $25

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