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Lightning Talks: Rays

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Thursday, July 18, 2024


6pm Pacific time


Streaming on YouTube

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Join us to learn all about rays in this free digital event! Did you know rays are closely related to sharks? During this Lightning Talk, five speakers will have five minutes each to dazzle the audience with their knowledge of these incredible fish. And stay tuned for an amazing post-talk discussion answering audience questions.

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Featured speakers

  • Kim Bassos-Hull, Mote Marine Laboratory senior biologist
  • Trisha Gupta, University of Oxford Ph.D. candidate
  • Janis Argeswara, Marine Megafauna Foundation Indonesia project leader
  • Steven Kessel, Shedd Aquarium director of marine research
  • Makayla Taylor, Seattle Aquarium aquarist II – diving
  • Joining for the Q&A: Rachel Baca, Seattle Aquarium aquarist II – diving

Previous seasons of Lightning Talks

Watch Season 1
Season 1 topics: Sharks; Octopuses; Otters; Orcas 

Watch Season 2
Season 2 topics: Sharks; Creatures of the Deep; Birds; Kelp Forests

Watch Season 3
Season 3 topics: Life on the Frozen Edge; Myths and Misconceptions; Jellies; Snails

Watch Season 4
Season 4 topics: Ocean Tech; Cephalopods; Experience the Coral Triangle


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