Flukes, fun and festivities

Well this orca seems to have an eye on me, while I attempt to emulate an octopus; engaged in sorting, finalising, packing and completing eight things at once, intent on fitting my life into a suitcase ready to rejoin my husband in America next week. However, I am afraid that despite my best attempts, my octopus impression does not quite stretch to being abe to write a ‘real’ blog post right now. (To the disapproval of my watching killer whale friend I am sure.) But I can at least give a couple of shout outs for two up and coming events which anyone with an interest in flukes, flippers, blowholes and other such whale related curiosities, may jump at the chance to attend.

The wording below is taken from Marine Life Studies and Planet Whale’s promotional materials. Please visit their websites for more details.

“Flip for Whales Sunset Cruise and Yacht Club Party, featuring National Geographic photographer, Charles “Flip” Nicklin, Saturday October 20th, Monterey Bay, Calfornia, USA

This fundraising event will support Marine Life Studies’ whale and dolphin research, the Whale Entanglement Team (W.E.T.), and free educational programs for children, youth, and adults.

The sunset cruise, 4 to 7 pm, departs Moss Landing Harbor on the Blue Ocean Whale Watch vessel, “High Spirits”. Special guest Flip Nicklin will be featured along with live music by Jim Davis, wine, appetizers, and a silent and live auction.

The yacht club party, 7 to 10 pm, is at the Elkhorn Yacht Club in Moss Landing. Activities include a special presentation by Flip Nicklin and Peggy Stap, Executive Director of Marine Life Studies, live music by composer/pianist Nick Peter Fettis, wine, appetizers, and a silent and live auction.

Mingle with Flip during this event where he will: share stories of his adventures photographing whales and dolphins around the world; give pointers on how to take that perfect “National Geographic” photo; sign his book “Among Giants:  A Life with Whales” which will be available for purchase.

Minimum donation is $125 per ticket. Donations are tax deductible. Limited tickets are available so call 831.901.3833 to make a reservation or visit the website at www.marinelifestudies.org

‘Save the Whales’ Reloaded: WhaleFest 25-28th October 2012, Brighton, UK

Thirty years ago the world voted to ‘save’ the whale. Now it’s time to inspire the next generation to finish the job at the very place where that monumental vote was first made. WhaleFest is the world’s biggest celebration and declaration for whales and dolphins, organised by the Planet Whale team.

Celebrities and expert speakers at WhaleFest will include Bill Oddie, Doug Allan, Mark Carwardine, Ingrid Visser, Pete Bethune, Mark Simmonds, Philip Hoare, Erich Hoyt, Gill Lewis and Nicola Davies.

The World Whale Conference will be held on 25th and 26th October; your chance to make a difference along with cetacean conservationists from around the world.

The festival will take place on 27th and 28th October. Activities include ocean storytelling, speed dating with marine experts, music and arts, competitions and much more.

Children’s tickets are free and adult tickets range from £7.50-16.50 for one or two days of the weekend festival. For more details on these, plus tickets to the World Whale Conference, please visit: http://www.whale-fest.com/


2 thoughts on “Flukes, fun and festivities

  1. You’re welcome! I hope WhaleFest goes fantastically well; your line up of people and events looks absolutely amazing. Good luck, hope you get to relax with a beer afterwards. And I really hope that you, your family, Ian, Bruno and I can have a proper catch up again someday… x

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