Archives for January 23, 2021

Fisherman’s Wharf Association Presents the 11th Annual Whalefest Monterey virtually on four evenings, January 26-29, 2021

Don’t miss the award-winning 11th Annual Whalefest Monterey, a free virtual video event available for viewing from anywhere around the world with something entertaining and educational for all ages, especially for ages 15 and up and families who love marine life. 

Fisherman’s Wharf Association Presents the 11th Annual Whalefest Monterey

When: Tuesday – Friday, January 26-29, 2021 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm PST streamed for free

Where: There will be several ways to access the programming. Go to montereywharf.com for links.

Websites: www.montereywharf.com and www.whalefest.org will feature program schedule and background information on the presentations and music.

About:

Whalefest Monterey 2021 is a free virtual video event held over four evenings, January 26-29, 2021 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm. In place of the traditional scientific Symposium, exhibits, entertainment and activities around Fisherman’s Wharf; each night’s program features a variety of fascinating talks and cutting-edge presentations by world-renowned scientists; videos from local marine, environment and sustainability-oriented non-profits sharing their goals, research and activities; history walks, arts and crafts demonstrations, an eclectic array of mostly original music performances, and more for all ages.

The event will be live-streamed each night. For links, go to the Whalefest page at www.montereywharf.com

Afterwards, it will be posted on the Whalefest You Tube channel at  

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkT222sMxS9PK30L7_3_Crg?sub_confirmation=1

About the program  

This year’s program will have presentations about Minke whales, dolphins and porpoises, leatherback turtles, intertidal gastropods, orcas, and amazing creatures from the deep sea. Other topics cover new ways to prevent whale entanglements, the latest developments in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and the connection between vineyards and the ocean environment. A final treat explains the art and science of whale song and how to compose with whales.

Local non-profits will share their research and activities covering marine mammal rescues, tiny creatures in Elkhorn Slough, mighty condors in Big Sur, sea otters, and killer whales. Learn how to get involved in beach cleanups, learn to surf, or operate underwater ROVs.

Local history will come alive with stories about the native people of Monterey, the whaling days, fishing and the sardine industry, and all about abalone, including a tour of today’s abalone farm. Arts and craft demonstrations illustrate the art of scrimshaw and the ancient Japanese way of gyotaku.

Musicians provide original entertainment in between presentations and there will be lots of gorgeous footage of local sea mammals to view. See the Whalefest Monterey page on MontereyWharf.com for a list of these award-winning musicians. 

More about Whalefest Monterey

Whalefest Monterey, a recent recipient of the prestigious Sea Star Award from the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, has been held for the past decade as a free, fun and educational interactive public event for all ages on Old Fisherman’s Wharf celebrating the biodiversity of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Traditionally, the event attracts thousands of visitors to Monterey and features a 2-day Symposium in a conference setting with world-renowned marine experts, creative activities, musical entertainment, and dozens of exhibit booths with interactive displays that showcase marine life, educate about ocean related environmental issues, and emphasize sustainability practices. It benefits many local and national marine organizations that educate, inspire, and empower the public to protect the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS). People come from around the world to view the many whales, orcas, dolphins, seals and sea lions, otters and sea birds in Monterey Bay.

For more information about Whalefest Monterey, go to the Whalefest page on www.montereywharf.com or call (831) 238-0777.

Credit: Whalefest Monterey.

Experience what the animals do after dark at the Aquarium of the Pacific

Photo credit : Robin Riggs

What do sharks do after dark? Now you can discover the unique behaviors of many marine animals once the lights go out at the Aquarium of the Pacific through a new program on Friday, January 29, at 6:00 p.m. Aquarium Adventures at Home: Animals After Dark combines a live virtual event for families and activity kits that will be shipped directly to participants for an interactive evening at home.

Aquarium educators will take you and your household on an adventure to learn about expert hunters in the ocean, marine animals that build their own sleeping bags, and animals that can put half of their brains to sleep. RSVPs are due by Monday, January 18, 2021, for kits to arrive on time.   

WHEN: Friday, January 29, 2021, 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. (RSVPs due by Monday, January 18, 2021)

WHERE: Aquarium of the Pacific’s website: aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/aquarium_adventures_at_home/

COST: $70 per household (includes kit shipped to you) or $50 per Aquarium Member household

INFO: (562) 590-3100 or visit aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/aquarium_adventures_at_home/

AQUARIUM: The nonprofit Aquarium of the Pacific is a community gathering place where diverse cultures and the arts are celebrated and where important challenges facing our planet are explored by scientists, policymakers, and stakeholders in search of sustainable solutions. The Aquarium is dedicated to conserving and building nature and nature’s services by building the interactions between and among peoples. Home to more than 12,000 animals, Aquarium exhibits include Shark Lagoon, the June Keyes Penguin Habitat, Lorikeet Forest, and the Molina Animal Care Center. Beyond its animal exhibits, the Aquarium offers educational programs for people of all ages, including lectures by leading scientists, through its Online Academy. The Aquarium offers memberships with unlimited FREE admission for 12 months, VIP Entrance, and other special benefits. For information about reopening, please visit the Aquarium’s website at aquariumofpacific.org, call (562) 590-3100, or you can follow them on social media. To make a donation to help support the Aquarium during the pandemic, please visit pacific.to/aop2020.

Credit: The Aquarium of the Pacific.

Celebrate the talents and creativity of people with disabilities with the Aquarium on January 30, and enjoy live music, dance, and art demonstrations

Pictured: Auti Angel will perform at the Aquarium’s virtual Festival of Human Abilities / Photo courtesy of the Aquarium of the Pacific

The Aquarium of the Pacific invites you to its 18th annual festival celebrating the creative talents of people with disabilities on January 30. During the free virtual Festival of Human Abilities, viewers can hear from and watch various live-streaming performances by talented artists with disabilities, including dance for all abilities, guitar, soul pop fusion music, and singing in sign language. The festival will also feature special videos showing adaptive SCUBA diving for people of various abilities, including those in wheelchairs, and adaptive painting demonstrations by artists with disabilities. The Aquarium of the Pacific will present its annual Glenn McIntyre Heritage Award to Infinite Flow Dance at 3:15 p.m. Pacific Time in recognition of their dedicated service to people with disabilities. All programming will have closed captioning for viewers and sign language interpretation for those who are deaf. On Saturday, January 30, the public can visit the Festival of Human Abilities webpage to watch the live streaming event. The schedule will be posted on the webpage, along with links to social media outlets that will also stream the event live.

WHEN: Saturday, January 30, 2021, 10:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Pacific Time

WHERE: Aquarium of the Pacific’s website: aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/festival_of_human_abilities/

COST: Free, no reservations required

INFO: (562) 590-3100 or visit aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/festival_of_human_abilities/

AQUARIUM: The nonprofit Aquarium of the Pacific is a community gathering place where diverse cultures and the arts are celebrated and where important challenges facing our planet are explored by scientists, policymakers, and stakeholders in search of sustainable solutions. The Aquarium is dedicated to conserving and building nature and nature’s services by building the interactions between and among peoples. Home to more than 12,000 animals, Aquarium exhibits include Shark Lagoon, the June Keyes Penguin Habitat, Lorikeet Forest, and the Molina Animal Care Center. Beyond its animal exhibits, the Aquarium offers educational programs for people of all ages, including lectures by leading scientists, through its Online Academy. The Aquarium offers memberships with unlimited FREE admission for 12 months, VIP Entrance, and other special benefits. For information about reopening, please visit the Aquarium’s website at aquariumofpacific.org, call (562) 590-3100, or you can follow them on social media. To make a donation to help support the Aquarium during the pandemic, please visit pacific.to/aop2020.

Credit: The Aquarium of the Pacific.