Weather forecast is beautiful for the weekend of Whalefest.
Whalefest Monterey 2018 is free! It is a fun and educational, interactive family event for all ages celebrating the migration of the gray whales! Enjoy a wide array of ocean related activities. The event hosts many local and national marine organizations that educate, inspire, and empower the public to protect the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
Among the highlights at Whalefest 2018 is the symposium with exciting presentations and documentaries related to ocean and marine life conservation presented at the Wharf Theatre - Old Fisherman's Wharf, Monterey, California - Saturday & Sunday from 10:00 AM to 5 PM (free admission to the symposium).
Saturday, January 27 at 3:00 PM: Presentation by Peggy Stap, Co-Founder of the Whale Entanglement Team (WET)® and Executive Director of Marine Life Studies:
"Saving Whales from Life-threatening Entanglements" - Learn new updates of whales entangled in 2017 and changes to help mitigate entanglements. The number of entangled whales reported in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and statewide has increased significantly. WET® was founded by Peggy Stap along with Mary Whitney, Founding Director of Fluke Foundation. Learn how this highly trained team uses specialized equipment to rescue whales from a slow, painful death due to life-threatening entanglements as Stap chronicles some recent rescues. The work is conducted under the authority of the Endangered Species Act/Marine Mammal Protection Act permit issued to the Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program.
Speakers include Elan Portner (Hopkins Marine Station), Paul Michel (Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary), Greg Cailliet (Moss Landing Marine Lab), Adam Ratner (The Marine Mammal Center), Anne Warner (Think Beyond Plastic), Benyamin Rosental (Stanford), John Ryan (Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute) and John Joseph (Naval Post Graduate School), Alison Haupt (CSUMB), John Pearse (UCSC), Heirs To Our Oceans, and Steve Shimek (The Otter Project). MC is Steve Ellzey (KION).
Whalefest Symposium Schedule - Click here
The two-day event will feature a wide array of fun and informative activities. Back at Whalefest is: "Dee", a 43-foot life-size inflatable humpback whale. Children and adults can go inside and see the ribs, heart, lungs, baleen, stomach, and esophagus of this incredible creature. Click here for more activities and information.
Marine Life Studies provides all necessary supplies for cleanup including buckets, grabbers, safety vests, and gloves.
Stop trash from entering the ocean! Stop by our booth to learn more about Take It To The StreetsTM
and Marine Life Studies.
Monterey Bay is the Whale Watching Capital of the WorldTM so be sure to go whale watching this weekend as trips will be running during Whalefest for a fee.