I took Bio 335 – Biology of Marine Mammals, through McGill University, in August 2008. I was Dr. Catherine Hood’s teaching assistant in 2009, co-teacher since 2010, and sole instructor as of 2019.
In 2013, we did a necropsy of an ocean sunfish (Mola mola), and extracted the skeleton after being buried for one year.
We cover 14 lecture topics, including identification, anatomy, evolution, and current research techniques of marine mammals. In labs we cover photo-identification and aging of toothed whales. There are also multiple whale watching trips to Passamaquoddy Bay and the Bay of Fundy.