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Whale Tales

Cetacean education in Kapalua.

January 19, 2012
The Maui Weekly

Whale Trust, a local nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote, support and conduct scientific research on whales and the marine environment, and broadly communicate the findings, is pleased to announce Whale Tales, a two-day event at the Ritz Carlton, Kapalua, on Friday, Feb. 3, from 3 to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Whale Trusts' found-ers are passionate scientists and explorers who believe that science--the quest for answers to the most intriguing questions about our natural world--lies at the heart of environmental education and conservation.

Whale Tales is an educational event that is an outgrowth of Whale Quest Kapalua. This awe-inspiring two-day event provides whale enthusiasts an opportunity to learn about whales and the ocean environment from world-renowned scientists, photographers, and filmmakers from around the world.

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It’s all about the whales. Whale Tales is a two-day event at the Ritz Carlton in Kapalua on Friday, Feb. 3, from 3 to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Photo: Flip Nicklin, Minden Pictures/Whale Trust, photograph taken under NMFS permit number 987-1599.

This year's presenters will include whale experts from all over the country.

Dr. Bruce Mate, a professor at Oregon State University and director of its Marine Mammal Program, is a leader in the development of satellite-monitored radio telemetry for marine mammals.

Over the past 30 years, Craig Matkin has studied killer whales and humpback whales from southeast Alaska through the Aleutian Islands and Bering Sea.

Flip Nicklin, co-founder of Whale Trust and world-renowned underwater photographer, has spent his 30-year career specializing in the photography of marine mammals.

Mark Ferrari, and his wife, Debbie, focus on the relationships of mothers and calves, the role of males in the breeding population, habitat usage, distribution, and recruitment and survival of the calves.

Dr. Dan Salden, the co-founder of the Hawai'i Whale Research Foundation, has been actively studying the whales off Maui and occasionally in Alaska for over 30 years.

Edward Lyman, M.S., is currently the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary's large whale entanglement response coordinator. He has helped free over 60 large whales from entanglements and is taking the lead in establishing a community-based, large whale entanglement response network here around the main Hawaiian Islands.

Dr. Jim Darling, co-founder of Whale Trust, has focused his studies on long-term investigations of behavior and ecology of gray whales in British Columbia and humpback whales throughout the North Pacific.

Naturalists from Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ambassadors of the Environment program will present complimentary interactive activities for children ages 5 to 12 during the event.

Sponsored by Makana Aloha Foundation and hosted by Whale Trust, the seminars are free and open to the public. A $20 suggested donation will be gratefully accepted. All donations and proceeds benefit Whale Trust, Hawai'i Whale Research Foundation and Center for Whale Studies.

For a complete schedule of events and information on Benefit Whale Watches, visit or call (808) 572-5700.


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