Flip for Whales held Sunday, October 6, 2019 from 9 am to 1 pm - Join us for our fundraising event to support Marine Life Studies' programs and witness the spectacular humpback whales feeding in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
Flip for Whales™ activities include: a continental breakfast with mimosas; guided whale watch with Blue Ocean Whale Watch aboard 60 ft. yacht High Spirits; raffle for great prizes and a live auction.
Meet interns in Marine Life Studies' Research Scientist Program and members of the Whale Entanglement Team (WET)®, other Marine Life Studies' Ocean Stewards, and Peggy Stap, Executive Director and Co-Founder of WET®.
Not only does the Whale Entanglement Team (WET)® save entangled whales, we’ve developed a new pilot project to remove derelict fishing gear in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS). This will prevent future entanglements of whales, turtles, sharks, fish, and other marine wildlife.
Marine Life Studies Fundraiser Hosted by Mark McCracken & Danny Chau in Los Altos, CA
Marine Life Studies Wish List
There are many types of equipment needed to support our Research Scientist, Ocean Literacy Education and Whale Rescue Programs. Here is our current Wish List. You could purchase an item on the wish list or donate funds and let us know which item you want to fund.
- Funds for fuel - Whale Rescue is Costly!
- 2 - 15.4" MacBook Pro laptop computers with 2 TB SSD storage, 64 GB DDR4 memory, AMD Radeon Pro 5500M with 8GB of GDDR6 memory, 4 TB SSD storage ($4,000 each)
- Dual station GPS Plotter/Radar/Sonar/Auto Pilot with XHD Radar Dome and Transducer with installation, new antennae's, etc. on an arch. Our current setup is from 2005, with old technology! We only need to raise $10,000 more, so please donate!
Joanne C. Adams, the mother of Marine Life Studies founder Peggy Stap, passed away peaceful November 26, 2019. Just like in killer whale pods, Joanne was the matriarch that passed down her love and passion for whales to her daughter that changed Peggy’s life completely.
Friday the 13th Lucky Day for Entangled Humpback Whale in Monterey Bay!
It was a multi-day, community effort that ended in a humpback whale swimming free after it was successfully disentangled in Monterey Bay on Friday, December the 13th. Responders from the West Coast Large Whale Entanglement Response Network, including Marine Life Studies’ Whale Entanglement Team (WET)®, Cascadia Research, SR3 Sealife Response Rehab and Research, and The Marine Mammal Center Monterey Bay Operations (TMMC-MBO) staff, successfully removed all the fishing gear that was wrapped around the body of the young whale as seen in photos below.
YOU CAN SAVE ENTANGLED WHALES. MARINE LIFE STUDIES CREATED THE WHALE ENTANGLEMENT TEAM (WET)® OVER A DECADE AGO TO HELP RESCUE WHALES.
THANK YOU TO ALL FOR MAKING MC GIVES! 2020 A HUGE SUCCESS!!!
Thanks to the most important part of our team, our donors, for helping to raise $88,324 through MC Gives! to save whales from life-threatening entanglements.
MC GIVES! 2020 IS OVER BUT YOU CAN STILL DONATE - JUST CLICK BUTTON BELOW:
2020 has been an extraordinary year for all of us worldwide due to the COVID-19 pandemic and it has surely shaped our daily lives. The silver lining in all of this, is that it pushed us to learn more about connecting through media, making creative art and educational videos, fun for all ages.
Click the green links below to access each program.
Marine Life Studies Ocean Literacy Education Program: Biodiversity of Monterey Bay
Be sure do them in the following order:
1) START Survey: https://forms.gle/wuch4wVv4FtnVHfM8
2) YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hctN5GezwBs
3) END Survey: https://forms.gle/RmhdPVtc1K3yjFK68
The morning fog in Moss Landing is still thick when Peggy Stap and her volunteer whale rescue crew load up their GPS-equipped buoys, flying knives and repurposed lacrosse helmets.
It’s just after 9 a.m. on this Tuesday morning when Stap steers her 40-foot boat into the harbor. Her 13-year-old rescue dog, a local social media celebrity known as “Whiskie the Whale Spotter,” shares the captain’s seat. After a quick safety check—calm water, good weather—Stap relays the latest radio chatter to her small team of researchers, photographers and curious visitors.
“Tim’s got a gray whale that doesn’t look healthy,” Stap says. She revs the engine and heads for the open waters of the Monterey Bay.