It’s time again for the Annual Monterey Whale Fest!
Gray whales are placid, majestic mammals that migrate during the summer to Russia from May to June.
During the late part of autumn up to winter, these creatures migrate back south, passing through the American coast, including Monterey, CA — whale spotting capital of the world.
Unfortunately, human activities, including those related to fishing and oil and gas development, have led to the dwindling population of these whales.
“On top of that, industrial activities which generate underwater booms adversely affect these gentle giants which are sensitive to noise.”
These all contribute to the gray whale’s feeding activities.
Being on top of the food chain, these whales perform a critical role in their marine habitats. This is why it is crucial for humans to educate themselves and undertake the necessary actions to protect the gray whales.
One good step toward that direction is the Annual Monterey Whale Fest which is now on its seventh year.
This year’s festivities will be held on January 27 and 29 at the Old Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey, California.
The festival is not only a fun and educational activity for both adults and kids.
More importantly, the activities slated for the event aim to educate and inspire the public to protect these majestic creatures as well as the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
What are the activities that you can expect from this two-day affair?
One of the highlights of the event is a symposium which will include lectures and documentaries tackling issues related to the ocean and marine life.
This symposium will be held at the Museum of Monterey at the Stanton Center Auditorium and at the Wharf Theatre.
There will also be musical and theatrical performances as well as educational displays.
The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary will also welcome whale watchers from different countries as they view different marine mammals and birds for a krill and anchovy buffet.
Whale watchers can expect to see a diverse array of whales, dolphins, porpoises, pinnipeds and otters.
If the weather permits, there will also be water based activities lined up, including fishing, sailing, glass bottom boats and whale watching tours.
Another highlight of the event is Humphrey the Humpback Whale, a 60-foot model whale which will be put on display to educate the public. The public can go inside the model whale.
The Hopkins Marine station will also have a squid dissection while the Shark Research Center will have interactive displays.
The Web Entanglement Team will teach the public about the realities of the plight of entangled whales and what can be done about these key issues.
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