"It is convincingly disguised as a weekend of fun and frivolity, but Whalefest Monterey, in its fourth year, is really a tricky way to convince the rest of us to care a little bit more about our planet," says Dennis Taylor, Herald Staff Writer. Read all about it, including quotes from Marine Life Studies volunteer Ocean Stewards.
Peggy Stap describes her first encounter with whales in the wild as “love at first sight.” The Michigan native was visiting Maui and said seeing humpback whales was a life-changing experience.
“I was 41 at the time and I went home and told my husband that I wanted to move to Maui and do research on whales,” Stap said. The couple owned some wholesale greenhouses and a landscaping company, so it was pretty hard to just pick up and move to Hawaii.