Marine Mammal Care

Beneath The Surface: Northern Elephant Seal Pup Vocalization

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Join us for another Beneath The Surface, our lecture series for ocean lovers to learn from conservation experts! Molly Murphy, Wildlife Biologist and Researcher at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, will talk about northern elephant seal pup vocalization.

Can northern elephant seal pups recognize their mother’s calls? Why would they need to if the moms don’t leave the rookery while nursing? Do females make different types of attraction calls to her pup? Have these questions (and more!) answered in this talk on northern elephant seal mother/pup vocal communication,

Molly Murphy is a 3rd year master’s student in Dr. Heather Liwanag’s Vertebrate Integrative Physiology Lab at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Molly received her undergraduate degree from Canisius College in Buffalo, NY in Animal Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation. She is currently a teaching associate at Cal Poly, and a field team leader for her lab’s long-term northern elephant seal monitoring program.