Cape Cod Lectures to Focus on Seals, Dolphins Sharks and More

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The Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies on Cape Cod is hosting a winter lecture series covering a wide variety of subjects. Here’s the schedule:

Sharing Our Shores: Seals of Cape Cod

  • Lecture by Lisa Sette
  • Wednesday Jan. 30 at 2 pm at UU Meeting House, Chatham
  • Lisa Sette, PCCS seal researcher and member of the disentanglement team, will discuss her recent research on gray seals and her work with the Center’s Marine Fisheries Research program. If Lisa has to respond to a marine animal entanglement on January 30, the talk will be moved to January 31, same time & place.
  • The UU Meeting House is at 819 Main Street, Chatham.

Dolphin Stranding Response on Cape Cod

  • Lecture by Brian Sharp (IFAW) and Scott Landry (PCCS)
  • Wednesday, January 30 at 7 pm at Napi’s, 7 Freeman Street, Provincetown
  • A special joint presentation by Brian Sharp, Stranding Coordinator at International Fund for Animal Welfare and Scott Landry, Director the Marine Animal Entanglement Response, Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies. Brian will discuss dolphin response and research efforts on Cape Cod, which sees one of the highest live dolphin-stranding rates anywhere in the world. He and Scott will also describe the collaboration between PCCS and IFAW, both on-land for responses and at sea to monitor dolphins post-release. Participants are strongly encouraged to arrive between 5 pm and 6 pm to take advantage of Napi’s special early bird dinner menu!
  • Part of the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies’ new Winter Lecture Series. Free.

Sea Change: An Ocean Conservation Film Series

Presented by Mass Audubon and WHAT
Sunday Feb 17 at noon at the Julie Harris Stage, WHAT

12 pm – Requiem (40 minutes)

  • Family-friendly film from Living Ocean Productions documents the true nature and purpose of one of the most misunderstood predators on our planet—the shark. Fun, interactive shark activities for the audience and follow-up with an opportunity for families to share their feelings and questions about sharks.

2:30 PM – Sushi: The Global Catch (90 minutes)

  • For many, sushi is the most iconic Japanese cultural export. Documentarian Mark Hall explores its important history in interviews with sushi masters, but also wonders, with wild fish stocks coming under increasing commercial pressures, what does the future hold for your favorite sushi bar? Will the worldwide hunger for sushi continue to grow until wild fish vanish, or will new technology like aquaculture keep plates full?
  • Panelists: David P. Henchy, co-founder, Cape Cod Fish Share; Owen Nichols, Director, Marine Fisheries Research, Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies

 7:30 PM – The Big Fix (120 minutes)

  • On Earth Day, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig sank creating the worst oil spill in history. According to the global media, the story ended when the well was capped – but that’s when the real story began.
  • Panelists: Shawn P. Carey, photographer, Migration Productions; Drew Wheelan, former Gulf Conservation Coordinator, American Birding Association

Adult ticket packages (1 adult for each film) is $24. Tickets available online by CLICKING HERE or by calling WHAT at (508-349-9428)

Ocean Futures

  • Family program for kids age 6 – 12
  • Friday, Feb 22 at 1:30 pm at Salt Pond Visitor Center, Eastham
  • Learn about some of the world’s most interesting and bizarre creatures while investigating some of the threats our ocean is facing. Program includes and short presentation, games, activities and investigations about our amazing ocean ecosystem and discusses how kids can protect it. 
  • For details contact Jesse Mechling at (508-487-3623 x 103) or email

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