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- October 11, 2011: Whale Sounds, Whale Music: Reflections of a Marine Biologist on Moby-Dick

Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute and The San Diego Opera present

Whale Sounds, Whale Music: Reflections of a Marine Biologist on Moby-Dick

Tuesday, October 11, 2011 ~ Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute


HSWRI Shedd Auditorium (doors open at 6:30 p.m.Click here to Reserve Your Seats (or call 619.232.7636)


Dr. Ann Bowles, Senior Research Scientist, Hubbs-Sea World Research Institute

Dr. Nicolas Reveles, the Geisel Director of Education and Outreach,  San Diego Opera 

In a conversation between Dr. Ann Bowles and Dr. Nicolas Reveles the connection between Melville’s book and current scientific study in conservation will be explored. Melville had no inkling of the conservation ethic, but his work exposes the painful tension between exploitation and conservation in a way that modern writers cannot because he described in exacting detail the collapse of the whale fishery from the perspective of the whalers.

Dr. Bowles will interpret Melville’s observations and incidents like the sinking of the whale ship Essex and depredations of Mocha Dick, which inspired Melville to write Moby-Dick, in light of what we know about sperm whales today. The audience will step into the whales’ ocean world through the medium of their sounds, with the hope that this discussion will help San Diegans enjoy the lyrical battle between Captain Ahab and The Whale in Jake Heggie’s opera.

Please join us for this very special evening.  This program is free but reservations are required as space is limited. To register for the Community Conversation program you must go through the Opera's website: or by calling SDO   Patron Services at 619.232.7636, M-F, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 619.226.3881.