Weather forecast is beautiful for the weekend of Whalefest.
Whalefest Monterey 2017 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 2017 is the symposium with exciting presentations and documentaries related to ocean and marine life conservation presented at the Dali17/Museum of Monterey - Stanton Center, 5 Custom House Plaza, Monterey, California - Saturday & Sunday from 10:30 AM to 5 PM (free admission to the symposium).
Presentation by Peggy Stap, Co-Founder of the Whale Entanglement Team (WET)® and Executive Director of Marine Life Studies, Saturday, January 28 at 2:30 PM. Learn new updates of whales entangled in 2016, changes to help mitigate entanglements, and special presentation of four children inspired to create an innovative solution to help entangled whales for the FIRST (For Inspiration & Recognition of Science & Technology) Lego League. They are 1 of 100 teams to advance to the World Championship (out of 29,000 teams).
Speakers include Jeremy Goldbogen (Hopkins Marine Station), Paul Michel (Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary), Tim Thomas (Historian), Bill Gilly (Stanford), Dan Costa (UC Santa Cruz), Dave Jessup (CA Wildlife Veterinarian), Ted Cheeseman (Happywhale), Mark McLaughlin (Kleen Globe), Lisa Emanuelson (Monterey Bay National Sanctuary), and Art Seavey (Monterey Abalone). MC is Steve Ellzey (KRML).
Whalefest Symposium Schedule - Click here
Whalefest Symposium Program Synopses - Click here
Whalefest Symposium Speaker Biographies - Click here
The two-day event will feature a wide array of fun and informative activities. New this year is "Dee" created by Save The Whales. Dee is 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.
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.