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“Flip for Whales" Sunset Cruise and Yacht Club Party!

Featuring World Famous, Award Winning National Geographic Photographer Charles “Flip” Nicklin


Saturday, October 20th

The Sunset Cruise is from 4 to 7 pm
The Yacht Club Party is from 7 to 10 pm


Flip Nicklin


Mingle with Flip in an intimate setting. He will:

  • share stories of his adventures photographing whales & dolphins around the world;
  • give pointers on how to take that perfect “National Geographic” photo;
  • sign his book “Among Giants:  A Life with Whales” -  available for purchase.


The sunset cruise, 4 to 7 pm, departs Moss Landing Harbor on the Blue Ocean Whale Watch’s vessel, “High Spirits”. Special guest Flip Nicklin will be featured along with live music by Jim Davis, wine, appetizers, and a silent and live auction. 


Not a boat person then join us for just the yacht club party:

The yacht club party, 7 to 10 pm, is at the Elkhorn Yacht Club in Moss Landing. Activities include a special presentation by Flip Nicklin and Peggy Stap, Executive Director of Marine Life Studies, live music by composer/pianist Nick Peter Fettis, wine, appetizers, and a silent and live auction. Minimum donation is $125 per ticket. Donations are tax deductible.


Already have plans for the 20th? Consider sponsoring one of the kids we work with at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County for the yacht club party portion of the evening.

Give them an opportunity to meet Flip Nicklin and open a whole new world to them.  Just call 831.901.3833 and tell us you want to sponsor one of the kids. What a great opportunity you would provide in making a difference in their life. What a life changing experience you would provide for a young person to meet world famous photographer Flip Nicklin. It would open their eyes up to a whole new world of opportunities and you would make a huge difference in their life. Just call 831.901.3833 if you would like to sponsor one of these young people who are our future environmental stewards of the oceans, whales, dolphins and other marine wildlife.

Marine Life Studies is sponsoring a couple of the kids from each unit of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County, Seaside and Salinas units along with their parent/guardian to attend the yacht club party portion of the event - "Flip for Whales"™ Yacht Club Party. Fluke Foundation is sponsoring a child as well.


All tickets are a $125 donation and is tax deductible.


Limited Tickets Available
Call 831.901.3833 to make a reservation 

Limited number of tickets available for Sunset Cruise but that entitles you to both the Sunset Cruise and Yacht Party.


Flip for Whales”™ is a fundraiser that supports Marine Life Studies’ whale and dolphin research, the Whale Entanglement Team (W.E.T.), and free educational programs for children, youth, and adults. Marine Life Studies, a nonprofit organization, inspires the public to protect our oceans, whales, and dolphins.


Flip was awarded the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) at the 2012 Nature Photography Summit held in Jacksonville, Florida. The NANPA's Outstanding Photography of the Year award goes to an individual who has demonstrated unquestioned skill as a nature photographer.

Flip is widely regarded as the premier whale photographer of the world. As a National Geographic contributing photographer, he has more than 5,500 dives under his belt. His ability to free dive to depths of up to 90 feet allows him to swim near enough to record whale behavior without interrupting it. His father, Chuck, is a diver and underwater cinematographer so at the age of 14, Flip was helping his father teach people to dive off of the coast of southern California.



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