• Marine Life Studies Whale Entanglement Team Benefit Symposium: Saving Whales — One at a Time

    Marine Life Studies Ocean Literacy Series, will host Saving Whales — One at a Time, a whale entanglement rescue symposium and benefit as part of their Make a Whale Smile campaign, Saturday, November 15 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Museum of Monterey at the Stanton Center, 5 Custom House Plaza, Monterey, California.

    Peggy Stap, Executive Director of Marine Life Studies, and marine conservationists with the Whale Entanglement Team (WET) are always on call to rescue a whale anywhere on the California coast. This is a rare opportunity to meet the Whale Entanglement Team in person, and find out what happens when the phone rings.

    Stap explains, “Saving Whales — One at a Time is a two-hour interactive presentation illustrating the pivotal role Marine Life Studies and WET have in the collaborative multi-agency response plus utilizing and developing new rescue methodologies.  We will present video footage from recent successful rescues and describe the roadblocks we face as the entanglement alert calls exceed our capacity to respond.”

    Attendees can ask questions and meet with the scientists afterwards including Pieter Folkens, world-renowned marine mammal illustrator, who is the lead for WET. This benefit will raise funds for the Make a Whale Smile campaign to buy more telemetry equipment to track more whales simultaneously, other equipment for WET and to support Marine Life Studies’ community and science programs.

    Marine Life Studies has enabled the public to readily gain access to research findings by bringing science leaders into a public forum to learn of specific topics relative to ecosystems, marine mammal behaviors, and threats to marine ecosystems through its Ocean Literacy Series.

    Jerry Perezchica, Marine Life Studies Program Director, introduces the inspiration for this symposium: 
“The program Saving Whales — One at a Time, and the Make a Whale Smile benefit acknowledge the success the Whale Entanglement Team has demonstrated, describes the increasing need for their skill, and identifies what they need to scale their important work.“

    Captain Pieter Folkens, naturalist, illustrator, author and lead for WET concurs, “Disentangling large whales in distress is direct action conservation of the highest order. Few organizations and people are so dedicated, so trained, or so recognized in this important endeavor. WET and Marine Life Studies plays a key role in the growing number of successful disentanglement events.” 
Reservations can be made at www.marinelifestudies.org/oceanliteracyseries or by calling 831-901-3833 . We request a $100 donation that includes access to the museum, the presentation and the opportunity to meet the scientists at the reception afterwards. Wine, refreshments and appetizers will be served.

    A second symposium will also be offered for high school Marine Academy students on Saturday, December 13, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Schools may contact info@marinelifestudies.org for more information.

    Marine Life Studies Ocean Literacy Series Collaboration

    Marine Life Studies, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, developed the Ocean Literacy Series to connect the public with marine science research findings.  We achieve this through a collaborative partnership with scientific subject matter experts.  The Ocean: Our Life Support System installation is the result of contributions by Mission Blue-Sylvia Earle Alliance, National Geographic, Hopkins Marine Laboratories (Stanford University), Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (California State University), NOAA National Marine Sanctuary West Coast Region, The Story of Stuff Project, First Night Monterey, Whale Entanglement team, and the Museum of Monterey at the Stanton Center.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on October 31, 2014

    Topics: Front PG News, Green

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